Mangochi

About Mangochi

In 2008 Open Arms Infant Home doubled its capacity, and with very generous support from DePuy International, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, we were able to open the doors of “Open Arms 2″ in Mangochi on the shores of Lake Malawi. The home was inaugurated in October 2008, and the first children moved into the home the following January.

Sharing the aims of Blantyre, Open Arms Mangochi is responsible for the care of orphaned and vulnerable new born babies and toddlers. The building was created with this purpose in mind, and was built with the capacity to care for 40 babies. At between two and three years of age, those children that can will be reunited with their extended family, and their progress monitored by the Home’s Outreach Team. Being further away from a Referral Hospital, the health status of vulnerable infants in the Mangochi area is often questionable. Expert nursing care is provided by Matron Chiku Nyanyaliwa and her team of 35 care assistants. The Home has been managed since March 2012 by Mr Rashid Kapasala Gama. There are very strong links and connections between the two Infant Home.

Children at this house

The Children of Mangochi
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.