Following medical advice, we have locked down our infant homes to reduce risks to our children and staff. As Malawi shuts 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 new hand washing stations at both homes and have 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.
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.Donate now
You can monitor the latest figures by following this link to the Malawi government tracking page http://covid19.health.gov.mw/.
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.
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.
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