Following medical advice in April, our team put the Open Arms homes on lockdown, to reduce risks to our children and staff immediately. As they adapt to the ongoing threat of the virus and new strains, Matron Chilunga has briefed staff on social distancing, hand-washing and mask wearing and all visitors and volunteers have been paused again.
We have secured the extra equipment and supplies needed to protect our children and staff in the homes and we have temporarily increased support for the families we work with in communities. As Malawi sees it's second wave of Covid 19, with your help, we will continue to provide for as many children as possible through these changing times.
Our immediate priority is to support our team at the infant homes and family homes so that the children are well cared for and supported through this difficult time. This will be different for each child. Older children have returned to school following some closured in January but disruption has been felt accross vocational training and after school clubs. Our house mothers are be busy supporting their families at home to keep them engaged. Younger children may notice less visitors around the home and families receiving additional support may find it more difficult to travel so we have temporarily increased the amount of food we can provide. We're grateful to our hardworking team in Malawi, who have adapted to the new measures and make sure their work can be carried out as safely as possible for everyone involved.
The impact of Covid 19 has increased the funds needed this year at a time when our fundraising income has fallen significantly. We will continue to run our appeal for support through this difficult time and adapt it based on advice from our team in Malawi.
You can monitor the latest infection figures in Malawi by following this link to the Malawi government tracking page http://covid19.health.gov.mw/.
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