Category: Success Stories
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.
Prisca was orphaned shortly after turning one when her mother died from an illness. Both Prisca and her twin sister Francisca were moved to be with their aunt. Overwhelmed, exhausted and barely coping as it was, their aunt already had 13 children to look after, so two more little ones to feed and care for unfortunately proved to be too much.
The babies, toddlers and the foster children all so enjoyed Charlie’s friendly nature, as he rolled up his sleeves and got stuck into all the day-to-day activities; from feeding tiny babies their porridge to playing games with toddlers; and from to tutoring the older children in maths to sorting out and organising the cupboards.
Looking at Thoko today, it’s hard to imagine how life started out for this beautiful little girl. Coming into Mangochi on the day that she was born, she was a vulnerable bundle in desperate need for someone to care for her. She’d survived a traumatic birth, but sadly her mother didn’t, and Thoko was left as a tiny orphan with brain damage.
Fabio Grandin visited Open Arms in 2009 as part of a DePuy Johnson and Johnson group. Whilst he was visiting our Managochi home he met a little boy called Biston. In September 2015, prompted by one of our e-newsletters, he got in touch to find out how Biston was and if there was anything he needed.
I visited to Malawi for three weeks in August. My first week was a wonderful week of volunteering at Open Arms in Blantyre. I can say that those three weeks were the most memorable and absolutely fantastic time of my life so far. I had never been to Africa before, and (ignoring the cliché!) loved every second.
The gift of life this Christmas for little Ezra Ezra’s story When Ezra Mkandawire was abandoned on the streets of Blantyre in January 2015, he was just eight months old. When babies are abandoned, we never know the circumstances leading up to their family’s tough choice. In Ezra’s case, we can only assume that his mother was…