Here you will find stories showing the impact that we have been able to make on the lives of children and their families in Malawi. All of this is possible thanks to your donations and support.
In Malawi, around one in nine children are orphaned and 835,000 Malawian families are caring for an orphaned child.
It remains our intention to provide a safe place for vulnerable infants to survive and thrive before returning as healthy toddlers to live with their families.
Infant mortality in Malawi has been dropping for the past two decades. Your support has contributed to this every year approximately 30 babies whose lives are at risk are referred for urgent care. Thanks to advancements over the last few years, these children will return to a permanent family of their own by the age of two years old and they will avoid long term institutional care.
Your help allows us to work in partnership with communities so that they can provide effective early childhood development to allow children to realise their potential even in remote communities with few resources.
Over half of the toddlers in Malawi are stunted by malnutrition and one child in sixteen doesn’t make their 5th birthday. Sustainable support within communities is essential to changing these figures. That is why it is our ambition to grow our community work and make sure that every child can return home as quickly as possible and continue to thrive. The work of the Open Arms Infant Homes teams, our partners and your commitment makes all of this possible. Thank you.
Returning healthy children home and creating the opportunity for early childhood development.Read Isaac's story here
Open Arms community outreach programme supports over 300 families and children who have recently returned home or need extra help. The team makes sure that each reintegration is successful by providing both support and financial help tailored to the needs of children and their guardians.
Open Arms Infant Homes has given a home, access to education, training and new business support to 25 older children who have been supported by Open Arms for the longer term. As these children grow into young adults the community outreach team are working closely with them to help shape their future, equip them with the skills needed and support them into independence. Links to existing family members are providing a community of support for each individual outside of Open Arms and we will continue to work closely with them to help shape their next steps.
Thanks to your help, last year we could send the funds needed to continue vital services that give lifesaving infant care and improve the lives of hundreds of vulnerable children in communities every single day.
There have been some incredible achievements since we started in 2000. You can read just a small selection below. If you would like to find out more about our work we would be delighted to speak to you – contact us.
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