The Easter holidays saw Norman, Eric, Wilson, Moses and Atupele enjoying a well-earned break together as Norman and Eric returned from their school for a couple of weeks.
It takes around two hours to hike to the summit of Michiru Mountain, but from there the panoramic view is spectacular. The rolling green slopes of acacia trees give way to the city of Blantyre spread before you, whilst to the sides are the mountains of Soche, Chiradzulu and Ndirande.
The Easter holidays saw Norman, Eric, Wilson, Moses and Atupele enjoying a well-earned break together as Norman and Eric returned from their school for a couple of weeks. The family decided to take a day trip and climb Michiru Mountain. There are a number of routes to the summit but they chose the “Way of the Cross” route, which is steep and rocky with 15 points along the 2.5 mile path, describing an event on Jesus’s journey to Golgotha.
Each station displays a Latin inscription, and thanks to the boys’ studies, they were incredibly proud to be able to translate them and discuss their significance with their brothers. You can see how confident and inquisitive they have become as their knowledge about the world around them grows. Your support has given them the chance to have a different view of life, themselves, and others and has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for them. School is not always plain sailing for the boys but through their hard work and the generosity of their sponsors, they are getting the opportunity and encouragement to develop on their own journeys.
At the summit, Norman exclaimed “Malawi is so huge!”. He was even more amazed when he realised that he was overlooking Blantyre and not the entire country! Having caught their breath the boys did what most of us would do - took some selfies to share with you!
The difference you’ve made
Regular supporters will see a marked difference in Norman and Eric. From having moved into Rose’s House aged 4, Norman graduated from Ntonya International Primary School in 2015. Eric, now 13, came to Open Arms as a baby and stayed for 2 years before moving to live with his Aunt. After she passed away Open Arms stepped in again to support Eric and his twin brother Sam, through Ntonya School and Eric like Norman was accepted into Kamuzu Academy in 2015.
Now the boys are enjoying their sports and studies at school. Before Easter they went to a house dinner where Eric tells us that they had to invite a date to go with them – he will still not let on to who he took! Without doubt the boys are growing up and it is lovely to see the young men they are becoming.
Back to Rose’s House
As the boys finished taking their selfies, one of them shouted “snake!”. It was slithering towards them over the rocks and clearly meant that it was time to head back down the path. After much excitement, the children returned home to continue with the hard work of being on school holidays! The outlook for the boys is looking good thanks to your help and support.
It costs from £25 a month to support a child’s education. We help our children through a variety of schools depending on their circumstances, age and ability. And with more of our children growing up it is an area that we are always looking for your support with. If you would like to help please donate by clicking this link.