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Message from our founder

Dear friends,

We want to thank all who support our children and the various projects we are involved in including our children’s hospital.  

We are indeed living in tough times and yet we continue to trust in God and have faith that He will continue to give us victory.

Our children are growing fast and needing to further their education. Some have already graduated from university. Needless to say that I am a very proud mother, although some times the task of so many more to come overwhelms me a bit.

The children are healthy, body, soul and spirit we consider ourselves so fortunate that with this many children they are almost never sick, just a sniffle here and there. We give God the glory.

Our children’s hospital is now ready for use and many little lives will be saved from our neighbouring villages.

Blessings to you from Malawi,

Annie Chikhwaza
Executive Director

Kondanani Profile

Kondanani is an indigenous non governmental organisation, registered under the laws of Malawi, with our head office at: William Village 1, T/A Bvumbwe, Thyolo District, Southern Region, Malawi.

The activities of Kondanani were launched in 1998 by the former President of the Republic of Malawi, His Excellency Dr Bakili Muluzi. It was founded by Annie Chikhwaza and her late husband, Lewis Chikhwaza. Mrs Chikzwaza is the Chairperson and Executive Director of the organisation.

Kondanani has various disciplines, with the main focus on orphaned children and their needs. It employs 115 men and women from the neighbouring villages.

The 160 children we house, feed, clothe and educate, are living in various homes on our 50 acre property, as a family. There is a boy’s village and a girl’s village. All the children have come as small babies to Kondanani. At present the age group is from 7 to 22.

We have a nursery school, primary school and high school. The schools are exclusively used by our own children. Our high school children are studying towards their ‘A’ levels. Several are at university.

On our premises is the Rory Alec Clinic, which is being used as a rehabilitation clinic for children from the surrounding villages, who are physically and mentally handicapped. Part of the clinic is also used on a regular basis for medical missions, we have teams of doctors that come from Cairo, Egypt, who spent a week attending to many patients from the surrounding villages.

Many of the village people suffer from severe high blood pressure. We run a blood pressure clinic for those people every two weeks and they receive medication. Many have been saved from having a stroke.

Our previous baby home which has been renovated into a hospital for children below the age of five, is ready for use. The mortality rate amongst that group of children is very high in this country. There are 600.000 people in the Thyolo district. It will be able to accommodate 60 little patients from the neighbouring villages.

We have several income generating activities at Kondanani. We have a herd of 35 jersey cows who provide the children with a half litre of milk each per day. There is a pig farm which supplies us with much-needed meat.

Cheese is produced every day in our cheese factory for restaurants in Blantyre from the milk we have from our own cows, and from milk purchased from farmers in the surrounding villages.We also have a guesthouse that generates some income.

We have not looked away from the needs of the people who live in our area you will have noticed that from the above. We have also raised funds for a borehole in William 1 village, which is of great value to the people and are drilling a second borehole in William 2 village.

Kondanani Mission statement:

To create within the child an awareness of belonging to,
Promote an environment of love and care,
Giving them an opportunity to be educated
Which leads them to self-reliance and self-respect,
So that they may take up the responsibility of their own identity,
As they grow towards adulthood.

Annie Chikwaza

Annie Chikhwaza is founder of Kondanani Children's Village. Her biography, 'Mother of Malawi' tells how she become a mother to hundreds of children in Africa!

Annie Chikwaza

Annie Chikhwaza is founder of Kondanani Children's Village. Her biography, 'Mother of Malawi' tells how she become a mother to hundreds of children in Africa!

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