Get Involved at School

Open Arms is all about giving children a second chance in life, so we love it when children at home get involved to help the children in Malawi.

We are very proud of our connection with schools and colleges across the world and we value them enormously. We have been able to tell our story to students in Spain, America, Bahrain, much of Europe and even Australia. On many occasions we have been able to visit the schools personally and address the student body.

For twenty years now schools that we are involved with have been visiting Malawi. Ashville College in Harrogate was the first to bring an expedition to Malawi based around Open Arms as early as ‘94. Kingswood School in Bath has also been visiting for the last ten years and like Ashville  carrying out various projects involving school renovations and the painting of hospital wards, etc. In 2012 we welcomed Kingswood School to Malawi. Read all about their 2012 expedition and their fundraising activities here. In July 2013, Ashville College will be visiting to carry out work in the community and at Open Arms.

Ashville College and Kingswood School have between them helped to construct and regularly fund a small but highly effective community school on the outskirts of Blantyre.

A relatively small amount of money has transformed a very basic school into a thriving institution.

Makokezi School in 2005

Ashville College expedition in 2011, at Makokezi School










Many other schools with which we have developed links drop in when they are in Malawi. They often comment that there are advantages gained by both Open Arms and themselves.

Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale (QES) is ‘twinned’ with Tsekwe House. A lively correspondence exists between them, and regular visits of groups of up to 20 students from QES to Tsekwe have taken place. 2012 is the fourth year of QES’ link with Sekwe House. The whole school community has come together and so far has raised a FANTASTIC £15,000 to help fund the home. Over that time  the school has really got to know Sam,  Eric, Chikondi, Ephraim and Agness and formed a lasting bond. In summer 2012, 22 pupils and 5 staff were lucky enough to visit Malawi . Their highlight was the time spent with  Tsekwe House.

For our pupils to visit Sekwe House and spend some quality time with the family was brilliant. The fantastic  day we spent together at Majete National Park was a real shared experience and one that will not be forgotten for a long time. We are already planning trips to visit Malawi again in 2013 and 14. We can’t wait. We’re getting as much out of our relationship with Open Arms as ever we give”. Mr Pete Weston QES 

Staff and pupils from Queen Elizabeth School with Tsekwe House in the summer of 2012

To all of these schools we say an enormous thank you and we hope that our relationship with you will be ongoing and mutually rewarding.

Ashville College, Harrogate, UK
Charterhouse, Bodeites House, UK
Children’s Corner Nurseries, Leeds, UK
Culford School, Norfolk, UK
Cranbrook School Charity Committee, Suffolk, UK
Harrogate Grammar School, UK
Hastings High School – I-Girls Club, Leicester, UK
Hurstpierpoint College Prep School, Cambs, UK
Kingswood School , Bath, UK
Lady Elisabeth School, Javea, Spain
Lancing College, Sussex, UK
Newcastle Under Lyme Junior School, UK
Queen Elizabeth Grammar Junior School, Wakefield, UK
Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire,UK
Royal Alexandra & Albert School, Surrey, UK
Richmond House School, Leeds, UK
St Aelreds RC Primary School, York, UK
St Christopher’s School, Bahrain
St Peter’s School, Harrogate, UK
Stewart’s Melville College, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Grammar School at Leeds, UK
Verde Valley School, Arizona, USA
Wimbledon High School, London, UK
Wyoming Seminary, Pennsylvania, USA