Chipembere Community Development Organization (CCDO) promotes community-led interventions that build the wellbeing of rural women, children and youth through capacity development, advocacy and impact mitigation. Their innovative programs focus on poverty reduction, child and adult literacy, food security, and health.
Why Their Work Matters: In Malawi’s rural areas, where 80% of the population is concentrated, women and young people’s entrepreneurial initiatives are not recognized despite their enormous contribution to the country’s economy. CCDO centers these vulnerable groups as leaders and decision makers in the socio-economic transformation of their communities.
20000+ people received services such as home based care, palliative care, care and support, provision of nutritional foods and a goat revolving scheme for food security and economic empowerment
2800+ men have been equipped with family planning education through a one year awareness campaign in Thyolo district
12,500+ people including children and those living with HIV&AIDS and chronic illnesses have improved access to quality healthcare and treatment services
600+ children have increased access to Early Childhood Development centers (ECD) and 250+ orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) have recieved secondary school fee support
CCDO designs and implements its programs within existing government delivery and data systems, working closely with local authorities, the national government, local and international partners to reach vulnerable communities with multidimensional approaches
CCDO successfully continues to rais community awareness on sexual health and reproductive rights (srhr) and advocates for improved accessto care in public health facilities
Dalitso Chiwayula has over six years of work experience as Executive Director of Chipembere Community Development Organization (CCDO). As a director, Dalitso initiates design, and implementation activities as well as leadership, administrative and financial guidance for the organization.
In 2017, Dalitso was the Mandela Washington Fellow for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which was the
founding flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative. The Fellows, between the ages of 25 and 35, are accomplished leaders and have established records of promoting innovation and positive impact in their communities and countries."- Mandela Washington Fellowship
He gained his certificate in Civic Leadership at Kansas State University Staley School of Leadership Studies. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Sociology from the University of Malawi where he concentrated on socio-economic and political issues affecting rural communities. Dalitso also an accomplished project manager with over seven health and HIV/ AIDS projects managed throughout his service as a director at CCDO.
Dalitso is motivated by his commitment to sustainable social and economic development and he envisions a transformed society where the rural youth and young women have equal access to health services, economy and formal education.