Tag: Harrogate House
‘Goodbye but not forever’ is what the children, staff and volunteers sang noisily to Isaac Filipo as he stood as tall as he could outside of Harrogate House earlier this week. Surrounded by his worldly possessions – his clothes, bedding, mosquito net, blanket, food and of course his trusted teddy – he headed back to the village with his grandmother.
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.
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.
If a child is still in Harrogate House after their 5th birthday, and have no family of their own, they will eventually move into a foster home phase 3; foster care programme where we will provide a secure loving home, and a surrogate family. Open Arms has 5 foster homes looking after 26 children in a family environment….
In May 2011 Annie Lennox visited Malawi as a special envoy for the Scottish Parliament, and came to visit us at Open Arms! She spent time getting to know the ladies and babies, and hearing what Open Arms is all about. She wasted no time in getting to know the children, in fact as soon…