by Samuel Malasa Banda
It is said; every successful startup is built on four pillars, team, idea, passion and presentation, at Cornerstone Ministries Malawi, we have all the four in abundance. The unique team comprising 14 people makes things happen.
But what makes working at Cornerstone Malawi a great experience?
For Joyce Pande, Cornerstone’s Administrative Assistant, Cornerstone is more than just an office, it is a haven and play center.
“At Cornerstone you meet the most amazing people with most remarkable stories that will stick with you forever. And I am not just talking about the kids. I am talking about the staff and camp leaders. You wonder and are surprised at how God led a group of amazing people to meet here.” adds Joyce.
To achieve success, the organization has members of staff with different backgrounds. Boasting a combination of graduates of different professions ranging from Biblical studies, Mass Communication, Education studies, Journalism and Administration.
Then the question might be, what is the motive behind such a diverse workforce?
“The initial idea was to have a mixture of youths who would be able to inspire and motivate other young people to work hard in their studies and achieve more. And to accomplish this, there was a need for diversity.” says Danneck Falinya, Cornerstone’s Executive Director.
The grouping started its operations in Salima in 2013, and since then it has been recruiting young people to be trained in its Youth Empowerment Program.
Three years down the line, has Cornerstone managed to inspire the youth in Salima?
According to the Youth Empowerment Program director, Leonard Chanza, the organization has managed to reach out and touch the lives of young people in Salima. For him, this is evident by the increased number of boys and girls who are always at their offices seeking advice on academics, career and life skills.
Furthermore, some of the youth empowerment program alumni are now in universities which is a clear manifestation of the program’s impact in the community.
“We have an alumni at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, with another studying Information Technology at Blantyre International University while other two have just graduated from the Malawi Polytechnic and Kasungu Teachers Training College respectively.” said Chanza.
With such youths, the Youth Empowerment Director is proud that the organization has managed to have a positive impact in society.
All the success that hangs on the walls of Cornerstone cannot be attributed to a single person, they are fruits of working together as a team.
At Cornerstone, there is an unwritten law derived from the African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.