Coronavirus crisis - can you help Open Arms survive?

Coronavirus in Malawi could be catastrophic.

We have now locked down our homes to protect our children and we have launched our fundraising effort to support them through this crisis. 

Our team rely on constant fundraising from meetings, events, visitors and partners.  All of these are now on hold and if we cannot raise this money, then we cannot continue to provide for the children in our care.

You can help by making a donation here

How will Coronavirus affect our children?

Following medical advice, we have locked down our infant homes to reduce risks to our children and staff.  As Malawi starts to shut down services, we cannot simply close our homes but we will limit movement around them as much as possible.

So far the team have carried out training on hand washing, social distancing and staying safe.  They have set up new hand washing stations at both homes and stopped visitors.

Many of our children have underlying heath conditions, are malnourished and HIV positive, putting them at risk.  The recommendation from our medical experts is that prevention is the best action and we are following their advice. 

If we can raise £20,000, we will be able to keep our homes locked down for three months as advised.

Mangochi Baby

Please support our children

We need £20,000 to lock down our homes and £200,000 to provide for the children in our care through the Coronavirus health crisis and beyond.

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Malawi are taking the risk very seriously 

As cases are measured in Malawi, the infection rate is expected to be steep due to the cramped living conditions, overloaded minibus travel, lack of clean water and underlying health conditions that many people face.  

Malawi has one of the poorest health systems in the world and there will be no government safety net.  

In short, the Coronavirus in Malawi could be catastrophic.

We need to raise £200,000 to continue to provide for the children in our care

Our primary concern is for the safety of our children and staff.  We are obviously very nervous of the financial implications of this crisis too.    

Global economic uncertainties have already affected us.  The buying power of 1USD in Malawi is half what it was four years ago, meaning that funds were already overstretched.  

Our team in Malawi rely on income from community fundraising, events, visitors and fundraising challenges.  All of these are now cancelled or postponed indefinitely, leaving a huge drop in available funds at a time when our services will be needed the most.

Malawi Volunteer Experience Nicole Loughlin 4

It costs over £500,000 a year to nurture babies in our two infant homes, provide homes for our older children and to deliver community support and nursery feeding programmes to hundreds of children everyday.  

If we cannot provide this funding then we cannot continue our services and we will need to cancel projects, which we desperately do not want to do.     

How you can help

Our team need your help more than ever. £20,000 will enable our homes to lock down safely for the short term and £200,000 will give continuous care to the children in our homes through this crisis.

If you’re able to, please click here to set up a regular donation or to make a single gift now.  

Together we can support children in Malawi through this crisis.

Thank you!

So far we have raised £20800 for Coronavirus crisis

Fundraising target: £220000

We need to raise £20,000 to lock down our homes safely and £200,000 to continue to provide care to our children through this time.

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

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