On outreach with Mrs Phiri

On outreach with Mrs Phiri

Mrs Phiri, Kondwani and I set off from the home loaded up with maize at around 8am to be greeted by busy Blantyre roads, with a variety of cars, people, animals and potholes to navigate. I’d definitely jumped in at the deep end! Once we got out of the city though we passed village after village. There was so much to see I could barely concentrate on driving or the potholes!

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Mrs Phiri and Kondwani go above and beyond

Mrs Phiri and Kondwani go above and beyond

When we saw the malnutrition levels on our Outreach visits at the start of the year, we quickly ordered emergency food supplies to help. The team are now starting to deliver it to the 200 children and families we support through our Outreach programme.

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What a difference a year makes!

What a difference a year makes!

We have seen some incredible milestones in 2016 and our children have made some tremendous achievements. Here we look back on some of our most memorable stories from the year.

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Open Arms embraces those most in need

Open Arms embraces those most in need

As many of you know, it’s been an incredibly difficult few months for millions of people in Malawi. Following last year’s floods droughts and late rains, the failed harvest left many thousands on the brink of starvation.

Thankfully, due to your generous support we were able to step in and help. Through our Outreach programme, we identified 190 families to whom Open Arms children have been returned, who we felt would benefit from an emergency food parcel.

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Open Arms’ intervention is gratefully received

Open Arms’ intervention is gratefully received

Last year the effects of flood, then drought, resulted in the most severe food crisis in a decade. Hear how the distribution of essential food supplies by Open Arms has helped.

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Fundraiser Judith Rudolph Joins Mrs Phiri on an outreach visit

Fundraiser Judith Rudolph Joins Mrs Phiri on an outreach visit

Our Fundraiser Judith Rudolph, is traveling in Malawi with her own family, introducing them to the work of Open Arms. Whilst at Open Arms she had the opportunity to join Mrs Phiri on an outreach visit…. “On the 13th August I spent a wonderful but tiring morning with Mrs Phiri on Outreach visiting children who…

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Isaac’s story: supporting families now and in the future

Isaac’s story: supporting families now and in the future

The January rains sadly brought devastation and displacement for many families across Malawi. One such family to lose their home was that of Isaac Mbwana, a lively 7 year old boy who we have supported since he first arrived at Open Arms as an 11 month old baby in 2009. Thankfully, with your support, we have been able to step in and…

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Malawi Floods Update

Malawi Floods Update

THANK YOU! With your help we have raised a fantastic £5979.20 through our emergency appeal. We can’t thank you enough. This is what we have been able to achieve with your donations; ·       Provide emergency lighting and bottled water when there was no water or electricity ·       Fix the damaged roof at Open Arms in…

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Three leave in one day

Three leave in one day

It was an emotional weekend and a time for celebration here at Open Arms, as we said goodbye to not one, but three children… all in a single day. Now a happy and healthy 3 year old, Esthere first arrived with us in September 2012, weighing a desperately light 3.97kg. Sadly her mother had passed…

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A Heartfelt Gift…

A Heartfelt Gift…

We were incredibly touched this week when the grandparents of Rhoda Mastala arrived at our door, bearing a huge sack of home-grown peanuts, as a ‘thank you’ gift for all the support their family has received. Rhoda Mastala was brought to Open Arms as a tiny baby in May 2008. Despite their best intentions, Rhoda’s…

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