In Loving Memory
Chikondi finished Form 1 at the ERGO school where Memory and I first met her. I found a sponsor for her, Glenys Berry (my former vice-principal from the Oliver School Nellie McClung Program), who then paid for her to complete her secondary schooling at Phwezi Girls Secondary School in northern Malawi. In 2003, Chikondi succeeded in passing her M.S.C.E. (Malawian Secondary Certificate of Education), an achievement that no one else in her village has ever matched. Still under sponsorship from Glenys, Chikondi completed a two year diploma in Business Studies and the Phwezi Women’s Training Center. She was then given a micro-credit loan and opened her own nursery school at the Kalenga Trading Center, just a short walk from her village. Her income supported her mother and cousins for many years, paying tuition for many of her younger cousins, nieces and nephews.
During the drought in 2005, Chikondi helped Memory in distributing maize and seeds to over 1500 people purchased from money raised through my friends, teaching colleagues, sponsors and students.
More recently, Chikondi had succeeded in securing a position as Burser and Secretary at the Chamama Day Community Secondary School, a position that she enjoyed very much.
Victoria, BC V9C 4H7Goodbye Chikondi.
You have made us all proud and you will be missed terribly.