In 2019, the Chief Nation team took part in Active August to raise money for charity Think Malawi. Find out more about our efforts below.
Steve is one of the brains behind the design and branding of Chief Nation’s web content. He is a design consultant, and created our new look for CEO.digital as well as CX2030.com and intelligentinbox.tech
Other than being a graphic designer, Steve is a bit of a cycling fanatic. His preferred ride is on the smooth velodrome in South East London’s Herne Hill. Once upon a time though, back in 2009, Steve’s love of two wheels led him to embark on an epic journey cycling across the bumpy roads of Africa – as you do. Anyway, this landed him in Nkhata Bay in Malawi for a couple of weeks, where the seed of a charity called Think Malawi was planted.
Think Malawi would turn into a London-based charity that supports education for Malawian children. During August, the team at Chief Nation decided to get involved with the charity and support one of its projects, Her Education Matters. We collected exercise miles by walking, running and riding bikes, and collected a total of 776 miles!
Back to Nkhata Bay and the story of Steve and Think Malawi. Being the good person he is, Steve looked around to see if he could make himself useful, and was directed to a nearby village and told to speak to a woman named Gertrude Banda. After some introductions, he was quickly pushed in front of a small room full of kids and told to teach them. Steve recalls “I’m not sure who was most surprised, them or me. My main achievement at the end of the first day was that I’d managed to stop them from calling me ‘Madam’!”
The school that ‘Madam Steve’ unexpectedly became a teacher in is one of Gertrude’s projects to care for and educate nursery and primary school children. Gertrude is an incredible woman – a widowed mother of four and grandmother to three, she’s also looking after her elderly mother. Pretty impressive, if you ask us.
That’s the feeling Steve left with when he came back to the UK. However cheesy he thought it sounded, he was left wanting to give something back to the generous and inspirational people he had met on his travels. Steve says he’s not very good at teaching. Maybe he’s just being modest, but what he did decide was that he’s a better designer than educator. He channelled this and started on his first venture helping the school: designing and selling Christmas cards. It was clear though that what the school desperately needed was funding. Steve looked to get help from charities, but eventually decided that the best way to give back was to start a charity himself.
Fast-forward to 2019, and the charity is helping over 200 Malawian children access the education they need every year. You can read more about Think Malawi’s story and project on their website.
After we closed the fundraising drive later in the year, we had raised a total of £600 to help Malawian children. You can read more about our fundraising on Think Malawi’s blog: Chief Nation raises £600 for our Her Education Matters campaign.