WHO WE ARE
"And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Hebrews 13:16
In Salima, Malawi, children have a bleak future. Most children live in impoverished families where food is scarce. Further, families in Malawi must pay fees to send their children to high school. Since most families cannot afford these fees, many children drop out of school after Standard (Grade) 8, leaving them with a poor economic future. Girls are pressured to marry at a very early age, often to older men who may already have a wife. HIV/AIDs and other diseases are commonplace.
In 2012, a few African Bible College graduates decided to make difference. Full of passion and zeal, they held a common vision for launching a ministry to transform the lives of Salima's youth. One child at a time.
As an affiliate ministry of UrbanPromise International, Danneck Falinya, Tionge Matangula, Leo Chanza, and Chikondi Chabakha direct Cornerstone Ministries.
Danneck serves as Executive Director. He began his career as a police officer in Salima. In 2011, he graduated from African Bible College with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education. He was then selected by UrbanPromise International for a fellowship program in the United States. After completing the program, with a vision to help Malawi's youth, he partnered with two friends to form Cornerstone Ministries. Danneck believes every child has the potential to be great if given the proper environment.
Leonard, known among his peers as Leo, serves as Director of Finance and Administration and is one of the ministry's founding directors. Like Danneck, Leo graduated from African Bible College in 2011 and then participated in UrbanPromise International's fellowship program in the United States. Leo is passionate about serving children through education and Christian ministry. He is motivated to see every child touched by the love of Christ.
Tio serves as Director of the After School Program and manages the boys' mentoring program. Tio joined Cornerstone in 2013, after completing his fellowship program in the United States with UrbanPromise International and earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from African Bible College. Tio is dedicated to mentoring young men and helping them develop skills in leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
Cornerstone Ministries is blessed with an incredible team of teachers, camp leaders, and administrators who display unparalleled commitment and devotion to Salima's youth.
Samuel serves as the Communications and Marketing Officer. He is responsible for the planning and implementing of our communications strategies, including sourcing and producing content for sharing via our media channels. He holds a Diploma in Journalism and Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Cultural Studies, both from the University of Malawi.