Primary School in Napwanga Village
Napwanga Village, a poor village in Zomba, is the home of several of our elderly and disabled recipients. One of the problems our beneficiaries face is living in substandard housing. As a result, one of the things our organization does is build and repair housing.
Inside of one of the simple-structure houses at Napwanga Village
So far, Ayileche has been able to build ten houses for the elderly and the disabled. The structures are very basic: either one- or two-rooms and with no running water or electricity fixtures as is the norm in the area. The houses consist of a clay brick building and are topped by a corrugated metal roof panels.
Two of our volunteers surveying a clay brick house being built at Napwanga Village
Most of our housing budget goes into improving existing housing structures. For example, some houses need corrugated roofs installed in order to prevent leaking during the rainy season. Also, some walls and floors need to be fixed and plastered.
Newly-constructed house at Napwanga Village
The newly-constructed house of one of our elderly beneficiaries, Flora Jeremiya
In the future, we would like to build more houses to assist people in need. We anticipate the cost of renovating and building these new houses to range from USD$300- USD$1,500. We will rely on donor’s funds to do so.
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Evelesi Gomani, one of Ayileche’s Elderly Beneficiaries
Eighty-one year old Evelesi Gomani is one of our beneficiaries. She is married and has had little education. She lives with her husband, 83-year-old Mr. John Gomani, next door to her only child, her son-in-law and their six children. Because Mr. Gomani has not been able to financially contribute to the household since he was laid off as a security guard in the 1990s, the couple face many difficulties and uncertainties about the future. Evelesi helps raise her grandchildren because, not only is her daughter’s house too small to accommodate her large family, but also her son-in-law’s paltry income selling fried potatoes at the local market is too meagre to support his family.
The Gomanis’ have a small patch of land on which they are able to farm and have supported themselves thus far. However, as they become older, farming becomes more difficult for the elderly couple. Additionally, the land often cannot produce an adequate supply of vegetables and cereals to feed the couple and their extended family.
How Ayileche Helps
Ayileche CBO currently only accepts one beneficiary per family as our funds are limited and, by selecting a single beneficiary from each family, we are able to impact a larger number of people. Currently, Evelesi receives a monthly food hamper filled with food and everyday essentials. In the future, we plan to monitor the condition of her house to make sure it stays in a habitable condition for the family.
We appreciate any donations.
Sweet potatoes are very plentiful in Malawi, often eaten boiled or roasted as a snack and occasionally made into cookies!
Sweet Potato Cookies (Malawi)
3/4 cup mashed sweet potatoes
1/4 cup milk
4 tbsp melted margarine
1 1/4 cup sifted flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 F
Mix sweet potatoes, milk and melted margarine and beat well
Sift and stir in the remaining ingredients
Turn onto a floured board, knead lightly and roll out to 1/2 an inch thick. Cut with cookie cutter
Place on greased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
Sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar mix on top