Blantyre

About Blantyre

Open Arms Infant Home in Blantyre , was established in 1995 as a response to the rising number of maternal deaths and the resulting increase in newborn orphans in Malawi. (Have a look at our full story here)

The Infant Home is situated on four hectares of land, close to the Blantyre City centre and was generously donated to us by the children of Denmark, via their annual Christmas Aid Program in 1999. Today, this is the site of the Infants Home, Harrogate House and our transition home, where guardians will stay with a returning child for a few days prior to their leaving Open Arms.

 

The Infant Home

Harrogate House

The Transition Hut

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, the home’s 4 acres produce fruit and vegetables for the children of Open Arms, and a commercial poultry unit keeps us with a good supply of eggs! The eggs supply the main home and all of the foster houses, leaving some to sell to local restaurants and homes.

 

Children at this house

John
Memory and Maureen
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.