Following medical advice, we decided to put our homes on lockdown, to reduce risks to our children and staff. As Malawi started to shut down services, we could not simply close our homes. Instead we decided to limit movement around them as much as possible.
It costs us an additional £7k a month to lock down our homes and more for the extra equipment and supplies needed to facilitate this.
We asked you to help us and have been overwhelmed by your response. The funds you have raised, have been vital in ensuring the safety of our children and the continuation of our key services in these unprecedented times.
Together we will continue to provide for as many children as we can.
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Cases are still on the rise in Malawi so we will continue to support Open Arms Infant Homes in their lockdown, which has been extended until October.
This will significantly increase the funds needed this year at a time when our fundraising income is falling so we will continue to run our appeal for support.
You can monitor the latest infection figures in Malawi by following this link to the Malawi government tracking page http://covid19.health.gov.mw/.
We recognise that infections will be affected by the cramped living conditions, overloaded minibus travel, lack of clean water and underlying health conditions that many people face in rural Malawi.
Between the boards of Open Arms Malawi and Open Arms Infant Homes, we have already started working on our longer term recovery plan. Expecting a 45% drop in income means that we will be forced to reshape services this year to work within the funds available and continue to meet the needs of local partners in the future.
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