Beatrice was born on 16 February 2018 and came to Open Arms on 1st October. Sadly she was abandoned at a local market by her mother who asked someone to hold Beatrice while she went to the toilet.
Sadly she never returned to collect Beatrice. The lady holding her waited all afternoon and searched for her, before reporting what had happened to the police.
Beatrice was just left with a bag of clothes and basic information about her name and date of birth. The police passed her onto Social Welfare, who quickly referred her to Open Arms.
Welcomed with Open Arms
On arrival in Blantyre, Beatrice weighed 7.36kgs and had an eye infection which has now been successfully treated. She is getting used to her new environment and the other babies. Her carers report that she feeds well and is already trying to reach out for toys and sit up to see what is going on around her. These milestones are heartwarming and rewarding to see and are always enjoyed by all the staff.
The police are trying to trace her mother or relatives in and around Blantyre. If they are unsuccessful Beatrice may be adopted into a new family but in the meantime she will remain with Open Arms where she will receive all the love and care she needs to develop into a healthy, happy toddler. Life could have been very different for her without Open Arms.
Your donations make all the difference to children like Beatrice. Our infant homes provide care for up to 80 children, who all have their own individual stories. The running costs of the infant homes alone is a huge challenge and we are incredibly grateful for all the support we get from generous individuals who enables us to keep these vital services available. We look forward to watching Beatrice grow and develop while she is with us.