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Ntcheu, Malawi

Hope Restoration Youth Home


Orphanage Support
28 Kids
7 Staff Members
3 Meals per Day
1 Story of Hope

Family. Hope. Future.

Location in Ntcheu, Malawi, the Hope Restoration Youth Home is more than an orphanage. We strive to foster a close-knit family environment that not only provides for the kids' physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, but also prepares them for a future of hope and independence.

The Home is currently home to 28 kids and is served by 7 staff members.

In cooperation with local businesses, schools, and government organizations, the children are provided with a comprehensive education in a wide variety of topics and subjects, including math, English, craftsmanship, sewing, and more. These programs are made possible by donors like you and set the kids on the path to future success in life.

The Children

Chidakonda
Wonder

Chikumbusto
Yakobe

Chisomo
Sambo

Collings
Chikakudawbandwe

Doreen
Levison

Edison
Enoch

Estelle
Davison

Fernando
Rami

Francis
Amos

Greyam
Daula

Joseph
Mastala

Kingsley
Umali

Liaton
Diverson

Lilian
Felton

Lucy
Sedonio

Lunesi
Chikhasu

Macdonald
Rio

MacLean
Kosamba

Maria
Sedonio

Mercy
Flenzer

Nephi
Alick

Pilirani
Thauzen

Promise
Sedonio

Rabecca
Evasi

Shemiller
Wonder

Tilimbe
Amos

Ustecia
Steven

Wilson
Zamalemba

Chidakonda  Wonder


Age: 14

Grade: 4

Career Goal: Policeman

Favorite Activity: Soccer

In 2012, Chidakonda lost his mother to cholera. He was only 6 years old at the time. After his mother passed away, his father remarried. His new stepmother frequently mistreated him, so his aunt took him under her wing. After having several wives from 2012 to 2017, Chidakonda’s father fell ill with HIV/AIDS in 2017 and passed away later that year. His aunt was no longer able to take care of him, so the Hope Restoration Youth Home took him in. He is now happily living at the Youth Home and cared for well. He does very well in school and enjoys being with the other children at the home.

In March of 2019, we had the opportunity to reunite him with his sister, Shemiller, and they now both live at the Home.

Chikumbusto Yakobe


Age: 14

Grade: 6

Career Goal: Teacher

Favorite Activity: Volleyball

While we know little about Chiku’s past history, she was orphaned at an early age and taken in by her grandmother. Unfortunately, her grandmother is unable to provide her with the basic necessities of life, including even food and clothing. She was brought to the Hope Restoration Youth Home, where she now has the opportunity to not only receive necessities of life she needs, but also has a loving family with the other children and staff of the Home. She was baptized in February 2018 in Lake Malawi and confirmed two months later in April.

As we were putting together her bio, Chiku asked to tell you this: “I am so very thankful for all you do. I am so much happier. Each and every day I do pray for you.”

Chisomo  Sambo


Age: 14

Grade: 8

Career Goal: Doctor

Favorite Activity: Volleyball

At age nine, Chisomo lost her mother to malaria. Just a few short months later, her father fell ill with tuberculosis and passed away shortly thereafter. Fortunately for Chisomo and her two siblings, Chisomo’s father left a large sum of money for the children to take care of themselves and get an education. However, as they soon found out, their father’s relatives took his money and property for themselves, leaving the children homeless with little hope of being able to care for themselves. Since they were children, they had no legal recourse against the relatives who took everything from them.

After moving from various other relatives’ houses for a few years, an aunt, whose financial situation had become increasingly desperate, asked that they be taken in at the Hope Restoration Youth Home.

Since living at the Youth Home, Chisomo is very happy and healthy. All her needs are met, and she has been pursuing her studies with hopes of one day becoming a doctor. She was baptized in February 2018 and confirmed two months later in April.

Collings  Chikakudawbandwe


Age: 11

Grade: 5

Career Goal: Doctor

Favorite Activity: Soccer

According to his grandmother, Collings’ mother died when Collings was one month old. She passed away in the hospital after falling ill for some unknown reason. The doctor later ruled that she had been poisoned. His father committed suicide shortly after that, leaving baby Collings with no one to take care of him. He was given to his aunt, with whom he lived for two years. His aunt’s husband mistreated him and beat him for making small mistakes. He also wouldn’t pay for Collings to go to school.

Finally, Collings was taken by his grandmother and God made a way for him to be at the Hope Restoration Youth Home. Collings is now living a happier and healthier life. He is attending school and is an intelligent boy.

Doreen  Levison


Age: 16

Grade: 6

Career Goal: Nurse

Favorite Activity: Volleyball

By age 5, both of Doreen’s parents had passed away. Her grandmother took her in, but her poverty meant that Doreen still was not receiving basic needs like food, clothes, and education. The situation became bad enough that Doreen and her grandmother eventually became ill from starvation. Out of despair, she was brought to the Hope Restoration Youth Home, where her needs are now met and she is doing wonderfully in her schoolwork.

Doreen was excited to learn about God at the Youth Home and gave her life to Christ in 2018 when she was baptized and confirmed.

Edison  Enoch


Age: 13

Grade: 4

Career Goal: Doctor

Favorite Activity: Soccer

Edison’s mother was married to her third husband when Edison was born as the last of her seven children. In 2010, his father passed away from HIV/AIDS. After struggling financially for two years, his mother was taken by the same disease in 2012. Edison and his siblings were taken in by their relatives, but the care was shoddy and his basic needs weren’t able to be met. After his aunt realized that she was not going to be able to actually meet his needs, she asked the Hope Restoration Youth Home to take him in.

Edison now has a better way of life and is happy to be at the Home.

Estelle  Davison


Age: 9

Grade: 3

Career Goal: Nurse

Favorite Activity: Volleyball

When Estelle was six, she lost her mother, father, and twin sister all within one year. Several relatives promised to take care of her, but those promises ultimately fell through. Her grandmother wanted to take Estelle under her wing, but was unable to do so because of her financial situation. Her grandmother found out about the Hope Restoration Youth Home and asked if Estelle could be a part of it. We gladly welcomed her.

Since she’s been at the Youth Home, Estelle is back in school. She is intelligent and works very hard. She is very happy now, and your endless love and support is changing her life.

Fernando  Rami


Age: 12

Grade: 4

Career Goal: Teacher

Favorite Activity: Soccer

When Fernando was five, his father was killed in some sort of political incident. He was a member of the RENAMO Party in Mozambique, whose members were reportedly being secretly killed by the ruling party at the time. One day, he received a phone call from an unknown person who claimed to know him and wanted to talk to him. He never returned home, and his body was found several months later. A year later, Fernando’s mother passed away after experiencing severe headaches for several hours. After his mother’s death, Fernando’s aunt did her best to take care of him, but she was simply unable to provide for his basic living needs.

Fernando was taken in by the Hope Restoration Youth Home in 2019, where he is now starting school and looking forward to his future. This has put a smile back on his face!

Francis  Amos


Age: 9

Grade: 1

Career Goal: Doctor

Favorite Activity: Soccer

Francis lost his father in a car accident in 2012. After his father’s death, the family struggled really struggled because of the loss of his income. Francis’ mother started a small business to try to provide for the family, but it still was not enough. Later that year, she came down with malaria. Because she couldn’t afford to travel to another town to get to the hospital, she died a few days later.

In March of 2019, Francis was brought to the Hope Restoration Youth Home. He now has a happier life where all his needs are met and he is excelling in school. More special than that, though, was the reunion with his sister, Tilimbe, who had been at the Youth Home since 2016.

Greyam  Daula


Age: 17

Grade: 9

Career Goal: Computer Engineering

Favorite Activity: Soccer

Greyam is the younger of two children. When Greyam was young, his father was murdered on his way to work and his body dismembered.  After his death, Greyam’s mother was remarried, but that ended after just a few years because the man did not want the children to be with their mom. She married a third time, but this man was cruel and frequently mistreated the children. In 2010, when Greyam was seven, his mother fell ill. She was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and died later that year.

After his mother’s death, Greyam was taken to his aunt’s house, but because of her financial situation, he had to always help on the farm and scavenge for food in the trash bins. His aunt realized that she could not take proper care of him, so she brought Greyam to the orphanage. Of late, he has been able to attend school and his life has improved dramatically. He is very intelligent and is talented at drawing.

With your support, Greyam has a very bright future!

Joseph  Mastala


Age: 7

Grade: 1

Career Goal: Soldier

Favorite Activity: Dancing

Joseph was two years old when his father died from HIV/AIDS in 2015. In 2017, his mother was also diagnosed with the same illness and passed away later that year. Joseph had a sister who was married. She was the closest person who could take him in and care for him. She struggled to provide for his needs, though, because she and her husband were very poor. She recently found out about the Hope Restoration Youth Home and that Joseph was eligible to be a part of it. Now that he is here at the Home, Joseph is able to have his needs met, he can attend school, and will someday hopefully have a wonderful testimony about how his life has changed!

Kingsley  Umali


Age: 14

Grade: 4

Career Goal: Business

Favorite Activity: Handcrafting

Kingsley came to the Hope Restoration Youth Home in late 2017. Back in 2008, Kingsley’s father passed away after a long battle with cancer. The doctors recommended that he travel to another country to receive treatment, but he simply could not afford to do that. Two years later, Kingsley’s mother was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and passed away in 2014. Kingsley’s grandmother assume the role of parent and provider, but she could not afford to provide for his needs. He had one ragged shirt and pants, and no shoes. Since he was unable to attend school, Kingsley joined a group of street children, until his grandmother came to the Youth Home and asked if he could be taken in. He was gladly accepted, and now has all of his needs filled and has hope for the future. He was baptized in 2018 and thanks God for the help that has been offered to him through the Home.

Liaton  Diverson


Age: 9

Grade: 2

Career Goal: Journalist

Favorite Activity: Soccer

Liaton was three years old when he lost his father to cholera. His mother remarried, but the man she married was abusive. To protect Liaton, she gave him to her sister, Liaton’s aunt. A few years later, in 2017, Liaton’s mother was murdered by her new husband while he was drunk and angry. She was rushed to the hospital, but it was too late. The man is still in prison to this day.

Liaton’s aunt was extremely poor and was unable to buy him food, clothes, or send him to school. Liaton generally slept on a sack. Later in 2017, Liaton’s life was changed when he was accepted into the Hope Restoration Youth Home. Liaton wants to become a journalist when he grows up.

Lilian  Felton


Age: 9

Grade: 3

Career Goal: Teacher

Favorite Activity: Volleyball

Lilian was born as a result of prostitution. After a battle with the man responsible and the village chief, it was determined that Lilian’s mother would have raise Lilian on her own. It was very difficult for her mother to meet her needs, and in 2015, her mother died from a stroke. She lived briefly with her aunt but was taken in by the Hope Restoration Youth Home because her aunt simply could not provide for her. Lilian is a very intelligent girl and is living happily with the other children at the Youth Home.

Lucy  Sedonio


Age: 15

Grade: 5

Career Goal: Teacher

Favorite Activity: Volleyball

Lucy is the oldest of three children. In 2008, her father was on his way back from the farm and was killed by lightning. In 2013, Lucy’s mother gave birth to Lucy’s youngest sister, Maria. Not long after Maria’s birth, their mother fell ill and passed away.

Lucy and her siblings were taken in by their aunt, who was already struggling herself. The children were barely fed and could not attend school. Lucy was accepted at the Hope Restoration Youth Home shortly thereafter. In March 2019, the Youth Home found out about her siblings, Promise and Maria, and they were all reunited at the Home. Lucy and her siblings are doing well and are very happy at the Home. She attends school and is especially thankful to be back with her siblings again.

Lunesi  Chikhasu


Age: 15

Grade: 5

Career Goal: Teacher

Favorite Activity: Volleyball

Lunesi is the second child born to her parents. She lost both of her parents between 2008 and 2011 from a car accident and other unknown causes. After she lost both parents, Lunesi was forced to try to care for herself, an attempt at which she was mostly unsuccessful. She was unable to attend school regularly, and when she did, she would often leave class early because of hunger.

Lunesi prayed and asked God to help her—to give her what she couldn’t afford herself. God answered her prayers when she was taken in by the Hope Restoration Youth Home. Living at the Home, Lunesi has all of her needs met, she attends school regularly, and she is doing very well.

Macdonald  Rio


Age: 0

Grade: 2

Career Goal: Pilot

Favorite Activity: Drawing

Macdonald’s exact birthday is unknown, but his grandmother said he was born in 2011. Macdonald lost his father in 2014 to asthma. A year later, his mother remarried, but Macdonald lived at his grandmother’s house. Unfortunately, his grandmother was unable to provide for him as well, so he often went without clothes, food, school, and more. In 2017, Macdonald’s mother died while giving birth to his step-sister, who then passed away as well.

Macdonald grew up without the love of his parents in his life, but he was later taken in by the Hope Restoration Youth Home and looks forward to the bright future ahead of him.

MacLean  Kosamba


Age: 9

Grade: 4

Career Goal: Minister

Favorite Activity: Soccer

MacLean was four years old when his mother passed away from cancer. She refused to have the necessary operations and died less than a year after she was diagnosed. A few days after his mother’s death, MacLean’s father disappeared. People searched for weeks, and he finally came home a lunatic.

MacLean was taken under his wing by his uncle. His uncle couldn’t provide for him because he was a farmer with little money. MacLean lacked food, clothes, and schooling. When his uncle found out about the Hope Restoration Youth Home, Maclean was taken in and is now living happily with the other children. His uncle said that he used to cry because he missed his mother and his old life, but now he thanks God for the wonderful future he has ahead.

Maria  Sedonio


Age: 6

Grade: 1

Career Goal: Gospel Singer

Favorite Activity: Singing

Maria is the youngest of three children. Lucy and Promise, her older siblings, are also at the Hope Restoration Youth Home. In 2008, their father was on his way back from the farm and was killed by lightning. In 2013, their mother gave birth to Maria. Not long after Maria’s birth, their mother fell ill and passed away.

Maria and her siblings were taken in by their aunt, who was already struggling herself. The children were barely fed and could not attend school. Lucy was taken to the Youth Home shortly after they moved in with their aunt, and then the three of them were reunited in March 2019 when Maria and Promise came to the Home as well.

Mercy  Flenzer


Age: 12

Grade: 4

Career Goal: Nurse

Favorite Activity: Volleyball

Mercy is the second child of her family. Her mother was taken to prison in 2011 for killing Mercy’s sister, so Mercy was taken to her grandparents’ house. Her mother was let out of prison in 2015, but was killed by a collapsing wall in 2017. After her mother passed away, Mercy was given to her aunt. With many children of her own already, her aunt could not provide Mercy with even basic living necessities.

God provided a way for Mercy to be taken in by the Hope Restoration Youth Home. She is very happy living at the orphanage. She is in school, gets good grades, and looks forward to her future.

Nephi  Alick


Age: 8

Grade: 1

Career Goal: Journalist

Favorite Activity: Playing with Tools

Nephi is the youngest of two children. When she was two, her father passed away after a short but severe headache. Nephi’s mother struggled to get money for a long time. One night, in 2017, she was going to the market with some friends and they came across a hyena. It started chasing them. The hyena targeted Nephi’s mother and it mauled her. Her friends called for help, but it was too late.

Nephi was given to her aunt for care, but her aunt simply could not provide. As a result, Nephi wore rags and starved most of the time. The Hope Restoration Youth Home took her in, and now she is living a healthy, happy life!

Pilirani  Thauzen


Age: 14

Grade: 7

Career Goal: Bank Manager

Favorite Activity: Soccer, Joking, Dancing

Pilirani is the youngest of three children. Between 2011 and 2015, both his mother and his father passed away. Pilirani was sent to his aunt, but his aunt’s family could not provide him with necessary food, clothing, and care. When his aunt became aware of the Hope Restoration Youth Home, she immediately requested that Pilirani be taken in. He now lives at the Home with his new friends and is attending school. Pilirani’s daily prayer is to keep his Family of Hope safe and to give them long, joyful lives.

Promise  Sedonio


Age: 8

Grade: 2

Career Goal: Driver

Favorite Activity: Soccer

Promise is the middle of three children. Lucy and Maria, his other siblings, are also at the Hope Restoration Youth Home. In 2008, their father was on his way back from the farm and was killed by lightning. In 2013, their mother gave birth to Maria. Not long after Maria’s birth, their mother fell ill and passed away.

Promise and his siblings were taken in by their aunt, who was already struggling herself. The children were barely fed and could not attend school. Lucy was taken to the Youth Home shortly after they moved in with their aunt, and then the three of them were reunited in March 2019 when Maria and Promise came to the Home as well.

Rabecca  Evasi


Age: 14

Grade: 5

Career Goal: Teacher

Favorite Activity: Volleyball

In 2009, Rabecca’s mother died of cholera. She has previously been divorced, so after her mother’s death, Rebecca was given to her father and stepmother for care. The stepmother never had liked Rabecca, so she started mistreating her. In 2012, Rabecca’s father was killed in a car accident. After that, Rabecca lived with her grandparents, but they were unable to provide for her needs. In 2015, her grandfather came to the Hope Restoration Youth Home and asked for her to be taken in. She was welcomed with open arms. Since living at the Youth Home, Rabecca’s needs are met, she is happy, and she is able to attend school. Her live has been changed by the love she has received.

Shemiller  Wonder


Age: 8

Grade: 1

Career Goal: Doctor

Favorite Activity: Volleyball

Shemiller was three weeks old when she list her mother to cholera. Her aunt took her in and cared for her as she grew up. Her father had many wives and sent money occasionally, but then he stopped because he really only cared for the children of the other women. In 2017, he fell ill to HIV/AIDS and passed away.

Shemiller’s aunt did the best she could to care for her, but there was no hope of there ever being enough money to provide for Shemiller as she got older. God provided a way for her to be taken in by the Hope Restoration Youth Home in March 2019. When that happened, Shemiller was also reunited with her older brother, Chidakonda. She is thrilled to be at the Youth Home and looks forward to the possibilities her future holds.

Tilimbe  Amos


Age: 13

Grade: 4

Career Goal: Policewoman

Favorite Activity: Volleyball

Tilimbe’s father was killed in a car accident in 2012. After her father died, Tilimbe’s mother tried to provide for herself and her daughter by running a small business as many widowed women do in Africa. She was struggling financially, and then she came down with malaria. She was sent to the local clinic, but was referred to a hospital in a larger town. Without the money to make the trip, she soon passed away at home.

Tilimbe’s aunt took her in for several years, but it was a constant struggle and she was unable to do so adequately. In 2016, in desperation, she asked if Tilimbe could be taken in at the Hope Restoration Youth Home. She was accepted.

Tilimbe’s life has changed significantly since coming to the Youth Home. She receives excellent care, including good food, medical care, clothes, and access to school. She is very studious and intelligent.

Ustecia  Steven


Age: 8

Grade: 2

Career Goal: Teacher

Favorite Activity: Playing with Tools

Ustecia was the only child born to her parents. Her father denied having anything to do with Ustecia birth, and he passed away from HIV/AIDS later that year. Her mother remarried, but after she also passed away in 2015, Ustecia’s stepfather left the country. Ustecia lived briefly with her grandmother before being taken in at the Hope Restoration Youth Home. She now lives happily with the other children at the Home!

Wilson  Zamalemba


Age: 15

Grade: 5

Career Goal: Lecturer

Favorite Activity: Soccer

Wilson lost both his father and mother to HIV/AIDS. His father contracted it first and did not tell anyone. He took treatments in secret. In 2009, he transmitted it to his wife and she passed away shortly thereafter. He passed away in 2011. After his father died, Wilson was left with no one but his grandfather. His grandfather was not able to provide for his basic needs, so Wilson often went without food, clothing, school.

In 2017, Wilson’s grandfather brought him to the Hope Restoration Youth Home and asked that Wilson be taken in. He was gladly accepted, and now all of Wilson’s needs are met. He has learned how to read and write, and he has been attending school regularly. He has learned about how much God loves him. Wilson was baptized in 2018.

Educational Programs

As part of our mission to prepare our kids for lives of independence and hope, we strive to provide the kids with advanced educations that give them the edge they need to succeed in their future jobs.

The Home's educational programs include:

  • Elementary & Secondary Education
  • English
  • College Preparation
  • Woodworking & Craftsmanship
  • Sewing & Tailoring (in partnership with our Women 2 Women program)
  • Cooking & Housekeeping

The picture at right is a picture of our boys with a local carpenter as he was teaching them how to build desks.

The History

In late 2015, a man from Malawi came to the United States in search of assistance for his orphanage.

Through God's hand, he was connected with GBHI Board Member Penny Curtis and her husband Rex. After discussion with the Board of Directors here at GBHI, it was decided that we would assume the responsibility of supporting the daily needs of the children at the orphanage. In August 2016, Give Back Hope International became the sole caretaker of the orphanage.

In our continual efforts to improve the lives of the children and provide for their needs, we have since hired additional staff, worked with local business and government organizations to ensure the long-term stability of the Home, and implemented new programs to serve the kids.

One Story of Hope

Today, the Home is the home to 28 kids, ranging in age from XX - XX years old. Thanks to generous donors like you, the children are provided with three meals per day, school supplies and uniforms, educational materials, beds to sleep on, and much, much more. The Home sits on a 1-acre property in Ntcheu, Malawi, with electricity and running water.

Hope is not lost where love abounds, and it is love that drives the team here at GBHI and on the ground at the Home. Together with our donors, we are able to provide all of these kids' living necessities, from physical daily needs, to an education for the future, to, most importantly, the knowledge that someone deeply loves and cares for them.

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Sponsor a child today for just $25 per month. Your pledge of $5.64 per week gives us the ability to provide for these kids' needs today and for years to come.

You will have the opportunity to write letters back and forth to your child and, if you wish, to send them gifts when our team visits the Home. When you sponsor a child, you are establishing a relationship of love that will change your child's life forever.