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It has been a year of change at Open Arms with our new Director Charlie McCaulder, new Administrator Helen Hinde and new Matron Rex Mbewe starting in Malawi. We’re also delighted to welcome Jasmine Leitao to our UK team to join Judith Rudolf as a Fundraiser and Claire Collins who started as Fundraising Manager at the end of last year.

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Becky’s Volunteer Story: A new side to Malawi

Becky’s Volunteer Story: A new side to Malawi

The next year I arrived in Blantyre on a three week trip with Kingswood School. From reading a bedtime story to Ephraim in Harrogate House, to swimming in the freezing cold pools on Mt Mulanje, elephants in Liwonde NP and getting covered in mud making bricks in Mangochi, it was an amazing experience. Although this trip only scratched the surface.

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Eighth nursery school set to open this October

Eighth nursery school set to open this October

We’re delighted to announce that our eighth nursery school will be opening in October in the remote village of Mtsinje near Mangochi.

Set up in rural communities, our nursery schools provide a hot meal and a morning’s education for around 60 children. This helps prevent malnutrition, gives them a safe place to go and builds a good foundation for their education.

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Can you help?

Can you help?

Open Arms is looking for a volunteer to help with book keeping. We are a small charity with big plans for the future. And as we grow our so does the administration that supports us!

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Celebrating Volunteers Week: A new nursery school

Celebrating Volunteers Week: A new nursery school

All the staff at the home did make me feel so welcome and helped me with anything I needed. All of them make you feel like a part of the Open Arms family in Mangochi and nothing is too much trouble.

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Celebrating Volunteers Week: Meet Andrea

Celebrating Volunteers Week: Meet Andrea

I met Neville and Rosemarie Bevis many years ago, when they moved to Malawi to take over the running of Open Arms. I was fascinated by the project they were about to undertake, and followed it closely through the local media. I promised myself I would go out to Open Arms when I retired.

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Keep on peddling and more …

Keep on peddling and more …

We now have 18 people signed up and preparing for an epic 365km cycle ride across Malawi in September to raise funds for Open Arms. In addition to training for this huge challenge, they have been holding and planning fundraising events on the run up.

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Open Arms in Harrogate

Open Arms in Harrogate

Support our fundraising events in 2017 with our Quiz Night in Harrogate, Golf day and Shopping Event!

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A typical day for our Blantyre Administrator

A typical day for our Blantyre Administrator

There’s usually a couple of babies that are awake and in their bouncy chairs and I love stopping for a little chat with them, and then having a quiet peep in the nurseries at the littles ones still sleeping peacefully.

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When bed bugs really do bite!

When bed bugs really do bite!

Harrogate house has recently experienced the nightmare of bed bugs first hand! As you can imagine with a busy home full of very curious children, making sure these bed bugs were completely gone was a challenge and a half for our staff.

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