When Isaac’s mother was taken in to a mental institution, he had no-one to care for him, so he was brought to Open Arms. When he was 2 years old, and his mother deemed stable she took Isaac home. It was not long before Mrs Phiri and the outreach programme found Isaac was being badly…
About Annie’s House
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
Julita came to Open Arms when she was three months old after her mother had passed away. After she had been with us for a year and as a healthy toddler, she used to love to sing to the smaller babies! When she was two Julita went home with her father, but we received reports…