December 2018 Newsletter

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For an individual living in the remotest part of Dowa district and struggling to keep his family going financially, Kondwani never thought he would be able to be ‘his own boss’. The idea that one day he would manage to earn more than 100 thousand Kwacha and live in a decent house never occurred to him and, to a certain extent, it sounded ridiculous. Kondwani’s old life revolved around working in maize farms as a labourer and sometimes acting as a middleman by connecting buyers to tobacco farmers. These jobs were too involving and barely made him enough to cater for most of his basic needs. Kondwani had no alternative because these were the only readily available employment opportunities that he was able to find, which is not surprising since the majority of the community that he hails from largely rely on farming. 20-year-old Kondwani lives deep down in a village where farming employs about 90 percent of the informal workforce.

So, to survive Kondwani moved around the village, toiling in gardens and farms and helping clients from the city buy tobacco from village farmers. This went on for six years after he completed secondary school. It was a hard life but it was all he could do.

“The pay was low but the jobs were very difficult,” Kondwani admits, saying that most often he was never paid his wages on time which affected his financial status. Since the money he earned from the small-time jobs was meagre, sometimes Kondwani had to work multiple jobs to make at least a slightly higher earning, which was tough. At that time, the little he made kept him going for a while but everything changed in 2013 when Kondwani married and had a kid. He realized that he could no longer rely on irregular jobs. He was now head of a family with a wife and kid looking up to him for support. His new family brought with it a new, and heavy, responsibility and he either had to increase the number of odd jobs he did to make even more money or switch to a different stable job that could earn him a decent pay.

“I knew that time had come for me to find a permanent source of income. I had to find a job that could give me enough money to take care of my family’s welfare,” Kondwani explained.

However, the difficult question was how to source that permanent source of income. The problem was that Kondwani possessed a secondary school certificate and in Malawi this is a low-end qualification which can hardly enable one to get decent employment. His other option was to launch a business but that was out of the question because Kondwani lacked the financial muscle to establish even the smallest form of business. Besides that, he comes from a rural setting where poverty levels are extremely high and bars people from venturing into businesses.

“…and there was nowhere I could go to obtain a loan. I did not have any surety I could use to secure a loan and that was enough reason to keep me away from approaching institutions that provide loans.” he disclosed. Without financial capability to start a business, a qualification that could not guarantee a well-paying job, a family that was in desperate need of his support and no possible solution in sight, Kondwani’s fate was hanging in limbo.

In 2016 Kondwani’s unhappy events took an unexpected U-turn.

“One day, while walking to the market, I saw an advert announcing an opportunity to register for various vocational training courses at There is Hope.” he said “This was my answer. This was what I had been looking for.” Kondwani registered for carpentry and a month later, he found himself among the 19 students of the first intake of the carpentry class of 2016. There was a good reason he felt motivated to join carpentry…

“I saw a need in my village. You cannot believe it if I tell you that there was only one carpenter in a community that has more than four thousand people. Obviously, one guy could not manage to serve the growing demand of the community and this caused lots of people to travel far in search of other carpenters.” Kondwani’s desire was to fill the yawning gap while at the same time providing quality carpentry services to his community. Most importantly, he explained, it was his gateway to escaping the life of ‘irregular jobs with miserable pay’ that he had been stuck in for close to a decade.

“It was also a stepping stone to establishing my own business which was what I was definitely looking for.” The transformation that Kondwani was looking forward to gradually started showing up when he finished his 6-month carpentry course in August 2016. Upon graduation and powered by the carpentry tools he received, he put up a simple carpentry shed at his home and began making carpentry items.

When word started floating around that there was a new and qualified carpenter in town who was making quality products, it did not take long for Kondwani to attract a good number of customers.

Then the money started flowing in.

“I started getting big orders for doors, beds, dining sets, chairs and so on. For the first time since completing my secondary school, I could make a lot of money very easily and right at home.” Kondwani said, adding that for the first time he was able to earn 50 thousand Kwacha – ten times the money he made when he used to work odd jobs where he received just a little over four thousand Kwacha.

When business is good, Kondwani can earn up to 100 thousand Kwacha in a single month.

The profits he got from his little carpentry business was sufficient enough to enable him to save part of it to build a new house. His old house was a sorry sight, thatched in grass, with tiny windows and plastered with mud.

“You would feel sorry for me if you saw the house that I was once living in.” Kondwani explained “it had no cement floor, it had a tiny one bedroom and the interior was dark because there were two small openings we used as windows.” When it rained, the house leaked profusely and he had to use buckets and pails to hold the water seeping from the roof. As a married man, Kondwani revealed, the house was humiliating and his priority all along had been to move to a decent house.

From the money he saved from his carpentry workshop, Kondwani has since built a good house with two large bedrooms and roofed in brand new iron sheets. It is one of the few decent houses in his neighbourhood. He has even furnished the house with a couch and a nice piece of dining set that he personally made. Furthermore, Kondwani’s 3-year-old kid now attends a private nursery school, courtesy of the carpentry business.

Kondwani does not want his dream to end with a small carpentry shed in his community. He plans to grow the business and employ people to make products. He foresees himself operating a high-end carpentry workshop with lots of artisans.

“I will simply be designing the items and the people I employ will be turning the designs into products.” he declares.

Kondwani’s life has slowly changed. He no longer has to run around, sweating and hunting for undignified petty jobs in maize farms. In the past, he was a regular farm labourer but he is now a respectable carpenter with a reputable way of earning a living.

In January 2018, Kondwani upgraded his skills by enrolling for Carpentry Level 2 in our vocational training programme. He graduated in December of that year and he is now experienced in using advanced electric carpentry machinery. Level 2 Carpentry is one of the courses we introduced courtesy of funding we received from the European Union (EU). Our vocational training programme is now financed by the EU under a 2-year project called ‘Capacity building of vulnerable young adults in Dowa District through vocational training’.

By Isaac Msiska



2018 was the most memorable year in our history so far! It was full of amazing activities, achievements and successes. As we say goodbye to 2018, here are the highlights that made our news in the year. 

 The European Union awarded us a grant

building work

In January, we received funding from the EU to enhance our vocational training programme.
We are constructing hostels for females, a dining hall and four workshops. We also introduced 3 brand new courses to the programme.


We graduated 90 students


Beautiful gowns and sashes made the day on 12 December when we held a graduation ceremony for our vocational training programme.
90 refugees and Malawians graduated in carpentry, tailoring, bricklaying, welding and plumbing.


Hilfe für Brüder (HFB) visited us

Hilfe fur Bruder

We had a very wonderful time with Tobias Messner from Hilfe für BrüderInternational who paid us a visit in November.
HfB is one of our donors and they are funding our Bible School, which is under our Leadership Development Programme.  


Our ED received an SII award

Inno speaking

In November, Innocent Magambi, our Founder and Executive Director (ED), was awarded the prestigious Social Impact Incubator (SII)Ambassador award.
The award is presented by Segal Family Foundation (SFF) to an SII alumnus who has been championing SII.  


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Hope November 2018

Psalms 18:6 In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice , and my cry to him reached his ears . HOLY BIBLE (RSV)

Ann Nyokabi
Centre Director

group shot on grass

Meet some of the Centre children (wearing maroon T-shirts)

PEFA Pastors from Nakuru came to the centre to meet the children and staff. They carried food stuffs, toiletries and clothes

Pastors pose for a group photo with the Centre Director

pastors & Ann

Centre Director introducing centre children to the guests

introducing to guests

Pastors meeting the Centre Director at Centre's Break room

Pastors meeting Ann in break room

Guests greeting the Centre children

guests greet the children

Centre Director and the Centre Administrator welcomes Hillary Williams and Donald Rust from Brecon in UK at MRC

Hillary Williams & Donald Rust

Administration committee chairman poses for a pictures with the Centre Director and the Centre Administrator

Admin committee chairman

Centre's Administrator attending a 2019 planning workshop in Kisumu

planning workshop

The now MRC Office being partitioned

office being partitioned

Day to day activities at the Centre

Child Kiptoo being examined at MRC Dispensary after feeling unwell while in school MRC

dispensary examination

Parents visiting their children at MRC

parents visiting

Children arriving from school for physiotherapy sessions

physiotherapy session

MRC children without next of kin enjoyed the visiting day too

visiting day

MRC Children waiting near the centre gate to be open for them to the church

waiting for the church to open

Muchea’s father came for his child immediately after completing class eight He will be joining secondary school next year

Muchea's father

A parent seeking admission for his child at the Centre - the child was admitted


Mr. Makale brought clothes for the Centre children

Mr Makale

Molo Sub- county hospital MOH Dr. Kirika came to the centre bringing wipes for the children

Dr. Kirika impressed by child Blessing improvement

Dr. Kirika

Child Mokua greeting the doctor at the hostel

Mokua greeting the doctor

Dr Kirika issuing the items he carried for the children to the house mother

Dr. issuing the items

Mr. Rod Smith and Carol Heath Smith from St. Andrews School Turi in Molo, came to the centre to meet children and staff

Centre Director in a talk with Rod smith about Centre children

Rod Smith

Rod Smith speaks to child Mukua

Rod Smith talks with Mukua

Carol Heath Smith having a light moment with child Lydia and Rose. Mr. Langat sitting together with them

Carol Heath Smith

Carol Smith talks to centre staff Fanice about child Blessing

Carol Smith talks with staff Fanice

Students of PCEA Elburgon school celebrate completing Kenya Certificate of Secondary education (KCSE) at MRC. They volunteered in helping the Centre staff for a day. They also carried food for themselves and children, slippers for children and sweets

Arriving at MRC

student arriving

Assisting in repairing the Centre fence

repairing fence

Helping in splitting the firewood

Helping in splitting the firewood

Washing children clothes

washing clothes

Weeding the flower beds

weeding flower beds

Preparing lunch for themselves and centre children and staff

making lunch

Cleaning the dairy section

cleaning dairy section

Cutting the cake together with children

cutting the cake

Thanks Giving

- Good Health: To God for the good health and safe keeping of the children

- Safety & Security: To God for favor, safety and security in the Centre

- Thank God for our staff .

- Thank God for PCEA form four childen for giving a much needed help at MRC.

- Thank God for Mr. Makale for donating assorted clothes to children and staff .

- Thank God for Doctor Kirika( Molo District Hospital MOH) for donating wipes to our children

- Thank God for the PEFA Pastors from Nakuru who donated foodstuffs for our children.

- Thank God for the reduction on use of diapers

- For the continued supply of fish by Barbara Banta

- Thank God for PEFA central office for continued support of Centre Director’s salary

- Thank God for all our sponsors and donors.

Prayer Points

- Please pray for the safety and health of the children and for God’s miraculous intervention in their lives.

- Pray for sponsors for our new children and for enough sponsorship for the old ones

- Keep praying for provision of food and food production in our farm plots.

- Keep praying for our staff the current ones and for the ones that we still need to hire. That the Lord may send committed staff and their salaries.

- Please pray for the continued provision of diapers

- We need volunteers in all fields. Pray that the Lord will touch you to become a volunteer.

- We need volunteer nurse or anyone in the medical field.

- For provision of money for the centers repainting and repairs .

- Provision of a 32 seater vehicle. The current Centre’s double cabin cannot move for long distances. God is able!

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Dear Friends!

First, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas in the company of family, friends and brothers in Christ and a blessed new year.

Walter in shop

As we are at the end of 2018 so many things have happened that is almost impossible to relate all things. The first 7 months I was very busy with the activities from our ministry but also with several travels in Italy, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Hungary, Ukraine, Albania, Montenegro and Austria.  Also, we received many guests, teams and groups for a short and medium term. But in beginning of September in returning from a trip in Europe I had a car accident that upside down everything in my life and ministry.

Nun & group

Last week I was surprised to receive a Swiss missionary accompanied by a charismatic Catholic nun and a Catholic leader from the region. They came to visit us and pray to God for my life. At the end the nun as well as the Catholic leader got down on their knees and asked me to pray God for them as the priest of the Highest God.  They showed a lot of humility and recognition of God's authority over our lives.

I have been at home for two weeks being followed by dr. Alberto and dr. Camila who are here to help me with the physiotherapeutic treatment during the holidays. It snowed a lot last week and I could not leave the house for four days. I always thank God that until now I have had almost no negative reaction to the various surgeries. I'm going to continue physical therapy in January again in a private clinic. These treatments target only to strength my muscles and moving around in a wheelchair.  The doctors repeatedly told me that there is no cure for my legs because all the muscles that connected the legs were cut and they could not reattach them. To walk again it will be only through God’s miracle. Thank you from the deep of my heart to you who have prayed for a miracle. everything is possible to those who believes.  “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark.10.27

Many have dreamed and had visions of what I will be walking. Everything is in the hands of God. In a wheelchair or walking I want to continue the work that God put in my hands to do. I have to get used to being dependent on help to change my diapers, take a bath, change my position in the bed, carry me, finally 90% I'm dependent on someone. I thank God for my sister, Amel and the boys from the valley. I have much to thank all of you and your churches who have contributed generously to my treatment and ministry, as well as prayers and intercessions. Unfortunately, I cannot respond to everyone who writes to me. Adapting to this new reality is being very difficult and painful. For I was always on the move and doing something. God bless each of you with many blessings in proportion as you have blessed us.

Walter Gonçalves




Greetings from Sunny cold Bristol.

As we write this, we are having a breather in our friend’s warm kitchen in Bristol enjoying the sun streaming through the glass door. We have just completed a marathon few days culminating in 14 hours in Southmead Hospital Bristol, where Chris had the second phase of surgery for a Melanoma on his foot diagnosed in August. We arrived back from India on Saturday (8th Dec) and have been down to Newnham and Bristol, back up to London, a night in Worthing then across to Bristol for the operation, then we transfer to Hampshire to Chris’ step mum (Maureen), where we will be until after Christmas.

We give God thanks for another busy challenging year through which we have seen His faithfulness and keeping. Truly ‘Great is His faithfulness’.


The beginning of the year saw us in Kenya seeking to hand on the project to MOHI (Missions of Hope International). We were able to sign an agreement with them just before our return to India in January. In the end we felt it right to only handover the main project compound to them with responsibility for all the children and families in our care. We retained the children in our children’s house and the other properties. Our aim is to work in partnership with them to continue to see lives transformed in Molo.

Our present drive is to raise funds to build a permanent house for the children who we will maintain under a foster care arrangement and run a short-term rescue centre for children in crisis. We have also continued to administer the sponsored children fund.

Sonia was back in Kenya in March to tie up loose ends and then we were both there in June for the official handover ceremony. We have continued to be encouraged by the good results being gained by our children in school and really excited that three more youngsters graduated from Higher education this year, one with a diploma in Architecture, one with a BSC Honors in Counselling Psychology and another with BSc Honors in Chemical Engineering.

Then at the beginning of June, we had a very pleasant, but short trip across to Belfast to visit some MSCP supporters.

We would value your prayers as we continue to seek God for the next phase of MSCP. Also, as we wait for the results of Chris’s lymph node biopsy in 2 to 3 week’s time. We know that God is in control and He has our times and seasons in His very able hands. All praise and Glory to Him!!

Wishing you All a blessed Christmas and great 2019.
Chris and Sonia Donnan

Molo Street Children Project

Newsletter Number 36 December 2018

“I tell you the truth, whatsoever you did for the least of these… you did to me” Matt 25v40


Dear Friends and Supporters,

I hope this year has treated you well. As we look back at 2018, we are deeply grateful to God for seeing us through all seasons. We also greatly value your partnership and commitment to our ministry. Following is a brief review of what has happened in the last quarter of the year.

MSCP has seven children studying in MOHI school, Molo Centre from PP1- Grade 3. The school gives quality education, based on Christian values. Our children did very well; an assurance of a promising bright future for them. We had twelveClass 8 candidates in other local schools who also did well, with more than half scoring above 250/500 marks. The challenge now, however, is transiting to Secondary schools with the high start-up cost that most of our parents/guardians are not able to raise. Kindly pray with us for God’s provision and ifpossible give whatever the Lord enables.

Third term was quite a short term followed by two months of holiday. This necessitated that we put a plan in place to ensure that our children are engaged in what will add value to their lives. Fortunately, we have a resident pastor who volunteered to conduct Vocational Bible School for the children. The Pastor ensured that all the children were considered and able to fully engage with activities. The children really enjoyed the lessons and we thank God for Pastor Gift.

 MSCP pic 2   MSCP pic 3         

Every December the children look forward to the outing courtesy of Sharon Barbour, a Sponsor from UK. Unfortunately, Sharon missed last year, so I had many questions to answer and there was so much expectation to meet for this year’s Fun-Day. Before the Dday, we had 2 days of crafts and coloring with the theme of Christmas. The children made Christmas cards to give to their families. The effort, heart and love that went into it accompanied every stroke of the pen.

The fun-day finally came, and the children enjoyed every fun-game, the meals and to crown it all, the swimming! God bless you Sharon for making this happen!


As the holiday season begins, please pray with us to make the new Children’s House a reality next year. It is our joy to yet again wish you a blessed Christmas and prosperous 2019.

Merry Christmas!

Yours in His Service, Tabitha Nyaga

For MSCP Family


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