THE SAMARITAN TRUST
Promoting Street Children’s Rights
2008 ANNUAL REPORT
TABLE OF CONTENTS
(i) Foreword by The Executive Director.........................5
(ii) The Samaritan Trust Organogram............................ 6
(iii) Organisation Overview............................................ 7
(iv) Social Work Department.......................................... 8
(v) Skills Training Centre............................................... 9
(vi) Agriculture............................................................. 11
(vii) Chitolera House ..................................................... 11
(viii) Other Activities....................................................... 12
(ix) Financial Report......................................................13
(xi) The Samaritan Trust Profile................................... 14
FOREWORD BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
It gives me pleasure to present an overview of our annual report for the year 2008.
First and foremost, I would like to thank you all personally for having an interest in
the activities of the Samaritan Trust (TST) and the plight of the street children in the
city of Blantyre in particular.
In this exciting year we encountered challenges and unique opportunities. During the
past year TST focussed on improving the various children’s programmes,
replacement of the utility vehicle and security of our second centre Chitolera House.
This thinking builds on results of the evaluation report after one year of
implementation of our strategic plan (SP) in 2007.
Our success stories could not have been possible without the support given by our
partners from both within and out-side the country whom we now wish to recognise
and appreciate from the bottom of our hearts. The FIC brothers & ICCO/Implusis
(NL) for providing funds to buy the new vehicle for TST, Samaritan
Foundation/ICCO/Implusis (NL) for funding the security wall at Chiltolera House and
operational budget support, David James Foundation (UK) and Peter Madden
(Australia) for the donation of second hand bicycles, British Council & Ian Walker
(UK) for donating various books and tools for vocational skills training programmes
respectively, Capital Oil Industries, Christian Service International, Illovo Group of
Companies (MW) for supporting our feeding programme throughout the year. The
completion of the goat’s shelter funded by Nchima Trust which has been out-
standing for the past five years is yet another milestone.
May I take this opportunity to also acknowledge the contribution made by our
fundraising committee which generated some income from the seven aside social
football games and the Christmas concert held towards the end of the year, apart
from raising funds it also helped publicity of TST to the corporate world. The
uniqueness of TST comes in that we are the only NGO that targets street children
aged from 14-20. During the year under review 13 boys finished their vocational
skills two year training and a total of 56 boys and girls from our two centres were
reintegrated back to their families. At the same time we can not escape the reality
that we have had our own challenges. The reconstruction of toilets and drainage
system Chitolera House, the maintenance of our hostels furniture at both centres,
lack of a drivers house, the reduction of orders at our cane craft section compounded
by the breakdown of our maize mill, the partnership review with DJF and concerns
raised by the Ministry of Women and Child Development inspection team were some
of our challenges.
Crucial partners in our quest to continue delivering this charitable service to the less
privileged street children are members of staff and the trustees to whom I would like
to express my enormous gratitude. It is our conviction that the stewardship spirit at
all levels will continue in the year ahead and jointly we will attain the desired goals of
making the street children of City of Blantyre to become useful citizens of Malawi.
Geoffrey H. Mbuzi
THE SAMARITAN TRUST ORGANOGRAM
Board of Trustees
Executive Director Finance Committee
Teacher In Charge Accountant Senior Social Worker
Head of Skills Centre
Management Chitolera House Agriculture
Advisor Supervisor Administrator
Ass. Sen. Social Secretary Instructors
Care Givers Care givers
Support Staff Support Staff
The Samaritan Trust (TST) is a Malawian Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)
which was founded to promote street children’s rights. Established in 1993 by Jarvis
Chakumodzi, TST is registered under the Trustees Act of Malawi and has a board of
From feeding street children from tents, TST has grown into two centres at Bangwe
and Green Corner along the Chikwawa road. The Bangwe Centre caters for children
under the age of 14 while the Green Corner Centre (Skills Centre) trains and
accommodates boys above 14 years. Currently TST is offering food, clothing and
shelter to about 110 boys and girls at both centres.
At the Skills Centres, the boys are trained in basic education for them to be able to
read and write. They are also trained in various vocational skills including carpentry,
bricklaying, bicycle maintenance and welding among others. The Centre also
engages in Income Generating Activities like making and selling high quality cane
craft products and runs a maize mill that serves the surrounding communities.
Young children at the Bangwe Centre are encouraged to attend school at near by
TST receives its financial, technical and material support from various donors both
local and international. These include Agora, Capital Oil Refineries, Christian Service
International (CSI), Illovo, Jambo Africa, Nchima Trust, Newlands Home and
individuals, locally, and Aqua Vivenda of Netherlands, David James Foundation
among others, internationally.
TST’s objectives include the promotion of the rights of street children by among
other things identifying and providing moral and financial support to the street
children. It also implements literacy and skills programmes which are essential to
the successful re-integration of the street child and above all to re-integrate the
street child back into the family unit and community structure.
The Samaritan Trust is committed to a full re-integration of every street child, back
into his or her own family unit or community structure within Malawi by empowering
all persons and organisations who are concerned, through counselling, education,
reformation and partnership.
To help Malawi Street children become responsible citizens living in a society that
respects their dignity.
SOCIAL WORK DEPARTMENT
During the year under review the Social Work department conducted a number of
activities with regards to relationship building, reintegration, home visits, education,
reformation of behaviour and children’s welfare.
This included 90 visits on the street for interaction and identification of street
children. We managed to bring in 80 children, 33 to Chiltorea House in Bangwe and
47 to the Skills Centre. A total of 14 children absconded from both centres, 8 from
Chiltoera House and 6 from the Skills Centre.
During the first quarter of the year the department failed to undertake night street
work due to the poor condition of the organisations vehicle, since the arrival of the
new vehicle these visits have started to take place on a regular basis. The
department also organised more social activities with the street children, which have
been met very positively and has helped strengthen our relationship with them.
During the year the department has conducted 185 home visits for social inquiry,
counselling, reintegration, follow ups and payment of school fees. During these visits
the department has established that most of the homes occupants are poor, and
there is a need for interventions like food security. The department has started with
two homes as a trail. These two homes with provided with money to buy subsidy
fertilizer. IF this proves to be successful we will extended it to other homes in 2009.
The department reintegrated 56 children from both centres, 36 from Chiltorea House
and 20 from Skills Centre. The number of children reintegrated was higher than last
years total of 18. Of those reintegrated 91% were successful, the other 9% returned
to the streets after reintegration due to various reasons including poor households.
The department is currently helping nine secondary school pupils with school fees,
uniforms and other school requirements. The performance of some of these students
was below average, although some are doing well. The main cause of this low
performance is due to problems at home for these pupils. We are also assisting two
students at Medical College and Teacher Training College with their fees and other
The life skills group work and individual counselling are in their infancy stage, yet we
have seen much improved results in behaviour reformation for the children and this
work has played a vital role in this.
The Trust has been providing basic needs to the children using limited resources.
There is a growing need for medical expertise visiting on a regular basis to look into
the health of the children if the curbing of certain diseases is to be successful. We
have managed to obtain mosquito nets for all the children to prevent the outbreak of
malaria on a scale that has done so previously. The issues of the children’s welfare
stand to be vital in growth stimulation if the children’s concentration towards studies
is to be fruitful.
BOYS GIRLS NEW ABSCONDEES RE-
Chitolera 47 8 33 8 36
Skills 52 N/A 47 6 20
SKILLS TRAINING CENTRE
The Skills Training Centre provides training to boys between the ages 14 and 20 in
various vocational skills. These skills include bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, cane
craft, bicycle maintenance and welding. Boys sit for Government Trade Test
Examination in bricklaying and carpentry.
During the year under review a total of 14 boys in bricklaying, welding & fabrication
and carpentry sat for the examinations. All were provided with tool kits and start up
capital suitable for their trade learned. We have also recently concluded a deal with
Tools for Self Reliance for the provision of tools for training and individual tool kits
for the next year on a trail basis, with hopes from both parties for a continued
working partnership after this.
CARPENTRY AND JOINERY
The boys were also involved in various
maintenance works around the campus. They
were involved in fixing beds, fixing window panes
and assisting in other income generating
activities. There are currently 20 boys
undertaking Carpentry trade training, with six
boys recently completing their trade tests exams
in November and graduating in December.
A total number of 16 boys were trained in bricklaying. The centre also employed its
first female instructor in brick laying, Maggie Ndawala who has been assisting some
of the boys in getting ready for the forthcoming trade test exams. Some of the major
projects that the boys have undertaken during the year under review included
renovating the office of the Head of Agriculture and rebuilding of the bus stop
outside the centre.
Though relatively new, cane craft has proved to be popular. The section has also
been involved in several IGAs including furniture for Majete Game Reserve and
DAPP. They are also working on a sizable order from Jambo Africa. Various products
have also been sold at local markets, from the centre shop itself and local shops and
fairs where the products were on show and sold. The section has 20 boys who are
enthusiastic to learn the skills of making baskets, trays and furniture. The section has
employed two full time weavers and an instructor who all help in weaving the
BICYCLE MAINTENANCE AND WELDING
This section is involved in training the boys in electric welding and bicycle
maintenance. There were 12 boys in this section and they are divided into two
groups. They are taught both the theoretical part of the trade as well as practical
part of it. As part of their practical the boys were involved in making steel chairs for
customers as well as general maintenance of chairs for TST.
They were also involved in welding window and door frames at the Chitolera House
in Bangwe. The boys were trained in assembling and repairing bicycles. We have
sold all the bicycles that were donated by parties in the Netherlands, we are
currently researching further donations of bicycles to undertake repair work and be
sold to raise income for TST as an income generating activity.
A total of fifty six boys attended basic education classes during the year under
review. The boys were split into three groups according to their abilities. There
were those that completely do not know how to read and write (beginners), those
that partially know how to read and write and those that are above average i.e.
those that know how to read and write.
With the introduction of progress reports during the previous year this has seen
results progressing during the year. The main difficulty remains the ‘C’ group as most
of them have never been to school before. Therefore the two year crash programme
becomes crucial for them to prepare for their trade test exams and reintegration
accordingly. Again the introduction of incentives to boys that have done well in
various courses at the end of the semester has also instilled sense of competition.
More than 75% of our learners have been behaving better than previously, with a
number of exceptions. Many of these problems have been solved through suspension
and dismissals in cases in exceptional cases. This has installed a level of discipline in
the rest of the boys at the centre.
The level of personal hygiene has improved considerably during the year under
review, with most learners bathing, washing their own clothes, shaving etc on a
regular basis. This is a very encouraging progress for these former street children.
The year has been very good for the department in terms of being supported
financially and materially. We have managed to obtain books for the library and text
books and stationary for the children. However there are certain books related to
their skilled trades that we are currently waiting funding from grants that have been
submitted and approved, and so look forward to obtaining these in the New Year.
We are also looking at funding for a department computer to ensure smooth running
of the department and training of the children when required.
The department has conducted a number of activities during the year under review.
These included the planting of maize using new techniques, which allowed winter
cropping using Irrigation methods and the construction of new dams.
The maize crop harvested 220 bags, and we were also able to interplant red beans,
soya beans, pigeon peas, groundnuts and triphrsia vagelli in order to fix the nitrogen
levels in the soil.
The department also planted a quarter of an acre of sweet potatoes and harvested
300kgs. We have multiplied the number of cuttings in readiness for the new planting
The department has also conducted training of the children in all programmes and
During the year, big improvements were done to Chitolera House, firstly we were
able to purchase more land from the Government, which enabled us to extend the
grounds. We also completed the brick fence and gates to improve security at the
We also painted the hostels and completed maintenance on the electrics, toilets and
water pipe replacements, to improve the conditions of the centre for all the children.
We have also recently received further donations of paint to complete the hostels
work which will be done in the New Year.
There has been a transfer of staff with Mr Simplex Mchanja taking over from Mr. F.
Botso as the Centre Supervisor. We also transferred Ms Annie Mkuzi, a Junior Social
Worker to the centre to work alongside the children in Life Skills workshops and
The health of the children has improved greatly, and with the supply of mosquito
nets, mattresses and blankets we aim to continue this into next year.
We received various donations of clothes for the children and also toys to assist them
in recreation activities including football, volleyball and board games.
We also received donations of notebooks, pens, pencils, shoes, sugar, soap, rice and
beans for the children.
Currently we have 48 children attending primary and secondary education, of these
42 have passed, which is an 88% pass rate. The pupils have done very well to
There are a number of factors that still hinder the progress of the children in their
education including lack of learning materials, including text books, library books,
and school uniforms for all the children. We are also working alongside the schools to
conduct random visits to closely monitor the attendance and progress of the pupils.
The feeding programme continues to provide sufficient meals for the children three
times a day; this is despite the difficulties with the significant rise in food prices
during the year to almost double.
We received a new volunteer from Wales in June of this year, to become the
Management Advisor and assist in the fundraising department. He will stay for two
We also received two volunteers from The Netherlands, Tanja and Janneke, who
arrived in October and will be with the Chiltorea Centre for seven months.
We were pleased to conduct an Open Day at our Skills Centre in June, which was a
fundraising activity and an opportunity for the community to see the activities of the
centre, and what has been achieved.
We have also held a Christmas Concert at the French Cultural Centre in Blantyre,
which was also a fundraising activity and showcased the dramas and singing and
dancing by the children at both centres, who have been working along with a drama
teacher for the last couple of months.
We received visits from Ton and Ria Epping in August, who have provided HIV and
AIDS training materials during their stay and also have set up weekly volleyball
training for both centres.
Also in August we received Brother Henk, who was able to provide the funding for a
brand new Toyota Hilux vehicle, which the centre was in great need of, we were all
delighted to receive this generous gift from the people of The Netherlands.
INCOME STATEMENT FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31ST DECEMBER 2007
Donations 10, 731,193 10,628,044
Rentals 412,970 462,400
Cane furniture 288,440 173,650
Maize Mill Revenue 253,446 282,003
Interest Received 50,452 0
Other Income 1,102,476 410,487
TOTAL INCOME 12,838,977 11,956,584
Administrative Expenses 10,002,621 8,314,027
Agriculture Programme 199,549 192,527
Education Programme 448,782 381,631
Social Work 611,379 239,249
Feeding Programme 1,984,276 930,625
Vocational Skills Training 213,978 33,930
Clothing, Healthcare & Recreation 1,402,140 779,007
Other (Power & Security) 231,088 121,430
TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES 15,093,813 10,992,426
NET DEFICIT/SURPLUS FOR YEAR -2,254,836 964,158
THE SAMARITAN TRUST PROFILE
Postal Address: P.O. Box 2835, Blantyre
Physical Address: Green Corner, Chikwawa Road, Blantyre
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Established: 1993 Founder: Jarvis Chakumodzi
Registrar General : 23rd Dec. 1993
Registration Nos: CONGOMA : Co19/1993 24th Oct. 1994
NGO Board : NGO/R/04/33K 8th Nov. 2004
Executive Director: Geoffrey H. Mbuzi
Trustees: Mr. P. Mughogho-Chairman of the Board
Mr. M. Bamford-Chairman of Finance and Administration
Mr. C. Henning von Ribbeck
Mrs. S. Tarmahomed
Mr. D. Katundu-Legal Advisor
Mr. T. Mita
Mr. C. Mkambula
Mr. J. Chakumodzi
Account Name: The Samaritan Trust
Account Number: 0005200325010
Type of Account: Current (IGA)
Bank: First Merchant Bank
Branch: Blantyre Main
Address: P/Bag 122, Blantyre, Malawi
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