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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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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A panoramic view and a selfie with a snake!

A panoramic view and a selfie with a snake!

The Easter holidays saw Norman, Eric, Wilson, Moses and Atupele enjoying a well-earned break together as Norman and Eric returned from their school for a couple of weeks.

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Support from 15 year old Cameron allows Boyce to return to the heart of his family

Support from 15 year old Cameron allows Boyce to return to the heart of his family

Boyce came to Open Arms in November 2011. He arrived at just 6 months old and had lost his mother, contacted chicken pox and was only a gram or two above his birth weight. His father, who lived in a rural village 60km from Blantyre, sought help because he, like many other subsistence farming families, was struggling to cope financially and had three older children to care for.

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A special little boy

A special little boy

Whilst his health and heart condition is unpredictable, his move up to Harrogate House shows that he has moved past the baby stage and is ready to learn new things and lead a normal life.

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On outreach with Mrs Phiri

On outreach with Mrs Phiri

Mrs Phiri, Kondwani and I set off from the home loaded up with maize at around 8am to be greeted by busy Blantyre roads, with a variety of cars, people, animals and potholes to navigate. I’d definitely jumped in at the deep end! Once we got out of the city though we passed village after village. There was so much to see I could barely concentrate on driving or the potholes!

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Sharing our story

Sharing our story

Schools have played an important part of making Open Arms Malawi what it is today, so we were delighted to have the chance to speak at assemblies for three schools connected with us.

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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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