The Houses Being Constructed at Napwanga Village

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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Inspiration for Ayileche

Mr C.I. Mkondiwa on the porch of his house in Namadzi, Malawi with two of his sons and a friend (December 2006)

Early Life

Mr Creighton Isaac Mkondiwa, popularly known as C.I., was born on February 27, 1925, in Napwanga Village to Isaac Mkondiwa and Grace Kumiwale Mkawa. Mr Mkondiwa was raised in a single parent household with his brother Steven after Isaac Mkondiwa, Sr. abandoned his family and fled to Zambia where he remarried and had more children.

As a child, C.I. Mkondiwa was educated by his grandfather Mr Saindi Mkawa. He was forced to find a part-time job brewing beer in order to pay for his tuition fees and, as a result, he never drank beer.


On May 14, 1951, C.I. Mkondiwa married Margaret Samu at Zomba Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian (CCAP). Together they had 8 children. Their home was a refuge to many, including women facing difficulties in their families and children in need of food, clothing and love. Tragically, Margaret Mkondiwa passed away on May 14, 1975 from cervical cancer. C.I. Mkondiwa married Rosina Chiumia in 1981.They had 5 children.

Employment History

C.I. worked in the Malawi Government’s Public Works Department, later named the Ministry of Works and Supplies. While there, he aided in the construction of the old Zomba Dam and the Kamuzu Stadium. He retired as a Roads Supervisor in 1977 and moved to Namadzi to live out his retirement.

After his retirement, C.I. joined the Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) as a Roads Supervisor and retired in 1985.   Because of the mobile nature of his job, C.I. and his family moved around a lot in the central and southern regions living in areas such as Nsanje, Chikwawa, Zomba, Chiradzulu, Mangochi, Ntchisi, Lilongwe, Machinga, Blantyre and Ulongwe.


Because faith was an important part of C.I.’s life, he became an elder in the CCAP for several years and was also able to fundraise for the Namadzi CCAP. Because of his strong belief in treating everyone as equals, he regularly welcomed people into his home, helped raise his brother and sister’s children and paid tuition fees for children who were not related to him. As he got older, CI became greatly concerned about the plight of the elderly in his village. He believed they needed access to good health care as well as companionship and help with everyday tasks.However, he also believed in not taking life too seriously and, as such, one of his favourite expressions was “ayileche” which in the Yao language means “leave it alone.”

C.I. Mkondiwa with one of his many grandchildren


C.I. passed away on the 16th December 2008 at the age of 83 from prostate cancer. He is survived by his widow, 1 sister, 1 brother, 10 children, 32 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. We , his family and friends, have been inspired by this great man to continue his vision in the work we do with Ayileche CBO.

Church members at Mr C.I. Mkondiwa’s funeral

-Written by grand-daughter Hannah Mondiwa, with help from his daughter, Jane Mondiwa.


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