Joseph approaches a huge milestone

Joseph approaches a huge milestone

With one of the most infectious smiles in Blantyre, you could hardly imagine how life started out for Joseph. He was found abandoned on a hillside early last year. As you can see, Joseph looks really well; he has reverted back to his beaming, sociable self again. He is a lovely little character to have around the home, and we look forward to watching him grow and sharing his progress with you.

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Save Says Goodbye to Tamandani

Save Says Goodbye to Tamandani

As Tamandani is reunited with her family, her Open Arms Mother, Save Pofera, reflects on saying goodbye. ‘Yes, it’s good she goes to her relatives’ Save told me ‘But I feel sad, I was giving her my love, now we are apart’. Save told me about how when Tamandani arrived she was so very tiny that Save was even too nervous to bath her.

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All Change in Harrogate

All Change in Harrogate

It’s no surprise to any of us that change is a big part of life – if there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that things are constantly evolving; nothing stays the same forever. Change is something we are encouraged to embrace, as it brings with it fresh opportunities and the chance to see things from a new perspective.

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An emotional step for Isaac

An emotional step for Isaac

‘Goodbye but not forever’ is what the children, staff and volunteers sang noisily to Isaac Filipo as he stood as tall as he could outside of Harrogate House earlier this week. Surrounded by his worldly possessions – his clothes, bedding, mosquito net, blanket, food and of course his trusted teddy – he headed back to the village with his grandmother.

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Jasmine says goodbye to Malawi, but not forever!

Jasmine says goodbye to Malawi, but not forever!

We are delighted that Jasmine will be taking up a role within Open Arms’ Fundraising office in Harrogate from September, so we are fortunate not to be losing her completely. However, we know she will be greatly missed by Neville, her colleagues and the children alike, having played a fundamental role in the shaping and day-to-day running of the organisation for much of the past decade.

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We say goodbye, but not forever

We say goodbye, but not forever

The end of January marked the end of a chapter at Open Arms’ Harrogate office, as we sadly said farewell to UK Fundraising Manager, Emma Vanson.

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Three leave in one day

Three leave in one day

It was an emotional weekend and a time for celebration here at Open Arms, as we said goodbye to not one, but three children… all in a single day. Now a happy and healthy 3 year old, Esthere first arrived with us in September 2012, weighing a desperately light 3.97kg. Sadly her mother had passed…

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No Place Like Home…

No Place Like Home…

There is nothing that brings us greater joy than to see one of our babies or children reunited with their families, and last month we were able to celebrate another success story as 2 year-old Beston was returned to his father and siblings in his home village north of Zomba. Beston arrived with us when…

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Saying Goodbye to John

Saying Goodbye to John

This week has been an eventful one in Blantyre: one child returned to his family, and two new admissions. After two years at Open Arms John’s father came to take him home. They spent three days together in the Transition Hut, getting used to the new environment of a village house and strengthening the bond…

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Justin Goes Home

Justin Goes Home

Justin was reunited with his father after two years with Open Arms. We said farewell with our usual ceremony of songs and hugs, and his father made a moving speech. He said that after his wife passed away he did not think Justin would survive. Justin was tiny when he came to Open Arms at…

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