The adventure of a lifetime – part one

The adventure of a lifetime – part one

When the idea of a charity cycle ride in Malawi was first suggested there were all sorts of reasons for it to be a good idea. After all having a bike in Malawi is not a leisure choice but an absolute necessity.

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The adventure of a lifetime  – part two

The adventure of a lifetime – part two

Day four and we were off again, this time joined by Charlie who was staying with us for the rest of the trip causing much consternation amongst the group as many of us noticed his lack of padding either on his saddle or nether regions! It’s hard to say which of the next three days…

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Your Annual Newsletter is ready to download

Your Annual Newsletter is ready to download

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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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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Brew up for Open Arms Malawi!

Brew up for Open Arms Malawi!

We spoke to Ian Temple this month, who has a wealth of fundraising experience and has taken part in over 200 coffee mornings and events at his local church.

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School visitors make a lasting impression

School visitors make a lasting impression

Each year we very much look forward to the scheduled visits from our partner schools, as the students, without exception, arrive overflowing with enthusiasm, energy, compassion and a real desire to learn and make a difference to the lives of all those connected with Open Arms. This year we were once again taken aback by the sheer determination, positivity and spirit of the young people who came, and their endeavours have left a tangible and lasting impression on all those who spent time with them.

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