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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Can you help?

Can you help?

Open Arms is looking for a volunteer to help with book keeping. We are a small charity with big plans for the future. And as we grow our so does the administration that supports us!

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Celebrating Volunteers Week: A new nursery school

Celebrating Volunteers Week: A new nursery school

All the staff at the home did make me feel so welcome and helped me with anything I needed. All of them make you feel like a part of the Open Arms family in Mangochi and nothing is too much trouble.

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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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Can you spare a couple of hours each week?

Can you spare a couple of hours each week?

We are looking for volunteers to support the fundraising team for Open Arms Malawi by helping with administration and day to day office work.

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Volunteering with Open Arms

Volunteering with Open Arms

A diverse team of volunteers from across the UK have been working with the children of Open Arms over the last few months. On top of the many bottles of milk given to the babies, and the hours spent with the children during playtimes, there have been special events around the themes of the Olympics and the Lake of Stars music festival for the children in our Foster Houses, thanks to some teaching backgrounds within the volunteer group which helped to bring this together.

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Downe House School Visit

Downe House School Visit

After months of fundraising for Open Arms, the girls of Downe House School were this week finally able to experience Malawi and make a difference to the local community.

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Queen Elizabeth School’s Annual Visit

Queen Elizabeth School’s Annual Visit

It’s been a wonderful week spent with our friends from Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale, who arrived with us on Thursday last week.

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Verde Valley School in Namalo Village

Verde Valley School in Namalo Village

For many in our group, this is the first experience of living without electricity and running water, of using pit latrines and sleeping without beds on cold, hard floors. We learn to fetch water from the distant wells and carry it up the hillside on our heads many times throughout the day.

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Getting stuck in at Mangochi

Getting stuck in at Mangochi

For some, the trip is a welcome return and a chance to visit the children they met as babies who have returned to their village homes and now attend school. For others, this has been their first chance to see for themselves the Infant Home, Feeding Stations and Granny Houses that JnJ has built over the last ten years.

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