Annie’s House

About Annie’s House

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Annie’s House was made possible by the support of the Annie Lennox SING campaign, following Annie’s visit to Open Arms in 2011 and Edinburgh’s Stewarts Melville College who visit Open Arms each year as part of an annual expedition to Malawi.

It  is our fifth foster House and is home to six youngsters aged between three and six. It will give Boniface, Isaac, Julita, Joe, Mwai and Ruth a second chance to live healthy, happy lives with the support of house mother Chrissy and her son Chiku

When Annie visited Open Arms in May 2011, she was led around the home  by Joe (read about Annie’s visit here)His little sister, Ruth, was also at Open Arms, but a few years his junior, she was not ready to move with him  when Joe moved into Rosemarie’s House, and so they have been temporarily living apart. Sadly Joe and Ruth are both HIV +. However, with the wonder and efficacy of paediatric anti-retroviral drugs they take daily it is impossible to tell, their only obvious similarity being that they love to dance! We are DELIGHTED that the opening of Annie’s house means that Joe and Ruth will be reunited, and grow up as brother and sister in the same house. This makes the creation Annie’s house even more special.

All of the foster children at Open Arms know each other well. And in choosing the location of Annie’s house we were careful to ensure that it was very close to the other houses. (it is less than ½ a mile away) In January the children of Annie’s house will start nursery at Ntonya school with their friends from nearby Tsekwe and Richmond Houses

Children at this house

Isaac Bright
Julita
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.