Harrogate House

About Harrogate House

Sometimes, one of the children at Open Arms might not have any extended family to return home to, or they have been home and the return was unsuccessful. This could be through reasons of neglect, further death in the family, or simply a lack of resources to look after an extra child. When either of these scenarios occur, the child is brought back to Open Arms and in to Harrogate House.

Once back in Harrogate House, a child will stay usually until they are about 5 years old. Harrogate House has its own House Parents and staff and although is situated next door to the phase 1 infant home is run almost entirely separately. Whilst here the children start their early education with our qualified nursery Teacher, and forming their own little personalities.

Harrogate House was built in 2004 and is named after the town in North Yorkshire who raised the funds to make it a reality.

Children at this house

There’s no stopping Dalo

There’s no stopping Dalo

Child sponsorship is a way in which supporters can provide a regular monthly gift for a child at Open Arms, and it is this kind of reliable income that gives us the confidence to go beyond the day-to-day; to make decisions and plan for their future.

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.

Support from 15 year old Cameron allows Boyce to return to the heart of his family

Support from 15 year old Cameron allows Boyce to return to the heart of his family

Boyce came to Open Arms in November 2011. He arrived at just 6 months old and had lost his mother, contacted chicken pox and was only a gram or two above his birth weight. His father, who lived in a rural village 60km from Blantyre, sought help because he, like many other subsistence farming families, was struggling to cope financially and had three older children to care for.

School visitors make a lasting impression

School visitors make a lasting impression

Each year we very much look forward to the scheduled visits from our partner schools, as the students, without exception, arrive overflowing with enthusiasm, energy, compassion and a real desire to learn and make a difference to the lives of all those connected with Open Arms. This year we were once again taken aback by the sheer determination, positivity and spirit of the young people who came, and their endeavours have left a tangible and lasting impression on all those who spent time with them.