As a wrap to her familiarization tour, the Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Honorable Cecilia Chazama MP visited STEKA Child Care Centre where she applauded the commendable work STEKA is doing in providing psycho-social therapy, education, accommodation, clothing and food to children.
Step Kids Awareness (STEKA) is a child care Centre run as a family located in Blantyre to provide parental care and love to needy and underprivileged children and youths. So far STEKA has managed to send some of its children for tertiary education and wishes to employ their graduates once they have been re-integrated to work at STEKA Vocational and Technical College which is under construction.
The Minister also recognized Golden Peacock Sagecoa hotel for donating items amounting to 2 million kwacha as Christmas gifts in form of beddings, food, stationery, play materials, and cleaning materials as these materials will assist in the advancement of the country at large.
“I would like to assure Malawians that Government is working very hard to support vulnerable children in the country. Government has enacted various legal frameworks and thus created an enabling environment for children to flourish, ” said Chazama.
“There is need for all to pledge and act to protect children from all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation. Therefore let us continue to raise awareness on the plight of vulnerable children and where necessary, to stimulate action,” added Chazama.
In his remarks the Manager for Golden Peacock Sagecoa Hotel Mr. Mike Zhang said that he believe that these donations will help provide the children a favorable atmosphere for studies. The gifts donated will bring hope to the lives of children and to those looking after them.
The centre faces challenges such as lack of tuition fees and lack of legal representation of children who have faced various forms of abuse according to the founder of the centre, Godknows Maseko. He therefore pleaded with the government and all stakeholders to look into this matter and provide a lasting solution.