For me, it started, rather unglamorously, in Sainsbury’s in Bath in 2007, packing up people’s shopping into those bright orange bags. The next year I arrived in Blantyre on a three week trip with Kingswood School.
Particularly in Mangochi, where the local hospital didn’t have enough infant sized oxygen tubes. This story doesn’t conjure up the usual smiling babies and supportive ‘mothers’ at the homes (although, of course, this was a huge part of my Open Arms experience as well!). But gave me a glimpse into the struggles that the communities face.
The wonderful times shared with the infants, eating nsima and dancing with the ‘mothers’, is one of the reasons why I have returned to Open Arms so much, even with my whole family, and why I have stood out on those cold winter days shaking a bucket!
The impact of Open Arms’ professional and efficient model is highly effective.
The sustainability of returning infants to their communities, rather than keeping them institutionalised for their whole lives, creates empowerment and benefit reaching further than the walls of the homes.
Although I haven’t had the time to go back out to Malawi in the past couple of years, it’s been great to get involved with supporting fundraising in the UK.
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