Helping vulnerable families stay together and thrive together

Helping vulnerable families stay together and thrive together

Support babies in community care

No family should be separated because of poverty. 

By supporting our Community-Based Care Programme, you can help at-risk babies to remain with their family and grow up happy and healthy at home. 

Family having a meal together outside

Why Community-Based Care?

Our dream is to see all children in Malawi successfully cared for at home. 

Since 2000, Open Arms has helped well over 1,000 children survive their infancy and return to their extended families, where they have gone on to thrive with support from our Community Outreach Programme.   

Responding to changing needs, we have now expanded our services to support family members to care for vulnerable babies at home from birth or soon after. 

This is an exciting new development for Open Arms that aims for children to be raised within their own family culture and community, without their health and development being compromised due to poverty.

Family is best

“The family provides the best environment in which a child can grow. It is nurturing, loving and caring and facilitates better development outcomes for the child. The family also inculcates a sense of religious and cultural identity and ensures that children embrace family values.” - UNICEF Study into Reintegrating Children from Institutional Care in Malawi

How does your support help?

Most families in Malawi survive on less than £1 a day, making it incredibly difficult for them to provide adequate nutrition, shelter and care for their children. This has a detrimental impact on their future. 

Our Community-Based Care Programme offers the essentials that make all the difference to a child's health and development, including:

But we don't stop there... 

Our team in Malawi also work with each family to help them towards self sufficiency through small-scale farming - supplying goats or chickens to rear and banana suckers to grow. This not only provides extra food for the family, but additional income. 

Our goal is to see each family empowered to lift themselves out of poverty and be discharged after three years of support. 

Grandma holding baby whilst sitting against a brick house with children in background

We need your help to support more families at risk

Our Community-Based Care Programme is continually expanding as more and more babies desperately need our help. 

The only thing limiting our ability to help is funding, so we urgently need your support to reach as many of these vulnerable families as possible. 

In return you will receive regular updates and photos of the children you are helping to support, so you can see the direct impact of your gifts.

Most importantly, you will become part of a very special community that is enabling real change in Malawi - helping extremely vulnerable families stay together and thrive together. 

A baby being bottle fed by her mother

Protect a child's future with a monthly gift

There are a number of ways you can help to make a difference. Please give what you can:

In order to arrange your sponsorship, please set up your monthly Direct Debit by completing the form below. You will then be contacted by a member of staff who will be your point of contact. 

If you are based outside of the UK, or would like to discuss other payment methods, please contact us and we'll be happy to help.

Thank you for helping to give some of Malawi's most vulnerable children a chance at a brighter future!

Providing a lifeline for families at risk

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


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