John was abandoned and had no one to care for him when he arrived at Open Arms Blantyre in December 2011. He was almost one yearold but weighed just 4.25 kg, the weight of a healthy new born baby in the UK. John is HIV positive and on arrival was suspected of having Hydrocephalus (water…
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.
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
On the 12 June 2012 twin girls, Memory and Maureen arrived at Open Arms with their grandmother. When they arrived their grandmother told us of how she herself had lost all 8 of her children. One by one they died leaving their own children behind for her to care for. In April 2012 her last…