Meet our teams

There are so many people who contribute to Open Arms, here are just a few of us ...

Open Arms Malawi

Open Arms Malawi is a UK registered charity (register number 1171686) dedicated to raising funds to support vulnerable children, their families and their communities in Malawi.  Since we were established in 2000, we have worked in close partnership with Open Arms Infant Homes where our funds are directed. Open Arms Infant Homes are a separate and independent trust based in Malawi.  

As a small, part time team, we work hard to raise awareness and funds that are essential to Open Arms Infant Homes and the other projects that they are involved with in Malawi.  Our team is run by Claire Collins, Gayle Dowling, Suzie Thomas and Lindsey Barkham.   

We are grateful to be supported by many dedicated volunteers from all across the UK who help with events, communications, administration and much more. A board of seven trustees provide governance for our UK operations, making sure we raise funds compliantly and that the money sent to Malawi is used effectively. 

Open Arms Infant Homes

Open Arms Infant Homes lead and direct all of the work we support in Malawi. They have a team of over 70 care givers and other staff who work tirelessly to care for and support children, families and communities in southern Malawi. They are joined by many local and international volunteers, who generously give their time and expertise.    

James Wandawanda is Chair of Trustees in Malawi and the operational leadership team is made up of Matron Eniffer Chilunga and Administrator Praise Banda who keep the homes and community support running smoothly. They also work closely with local stakeholders, government departments and local communities.

Open Arms Infant Homes is incorporated under the Trustees Act and is a registered NGO in Malawi.

A voluntary board in the USA (Open Arms Infant Homes Malawi USA) provide funding for Open Arms Infant Homes directly as well as other local and international partners.

Open Arms

“This charity is exceptionally well run. There are clear – and transparent – systems and protocols, including a robust and effective board of governance both in Malawi and the UK, outstandingly organised and dedicated staff, and a friendly and efficient fundraising office in UK to which enquiries can be directed. ” - Matt Smith, Lancing College

Your donation will help children in Malawi grow up healthy with the love of a family


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