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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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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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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Melissa Evans shares her experiences of volunteering

Melissa Evans shares her experiences of volunteering

Melissa Evans shares some of her experiences of getting to know the children and the impact of Open Arms through volunteering in Malawi.

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Kingswood School Christmas Market

Kingswood School Christmas Market

Kingswood School is an important supporter of Open Arms, and I had the privilege to be part of their annual Christmas Market.

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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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Charlie Dawson leaves a lasting impression

Charlie Dawson leaves a lasting impression

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.

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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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