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.
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.
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!
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.