While our infant homes help urgent cases, we often get other requests for support from extended family members who are struggling to provide for children. So, as well as our residential care services, in June we started piloting a community-based care program.
At the end of February the Mpenda village headman in Mangochi District found an abandoned baby in the grounds of a church. The tiny baby boy was in a bad condition and needed help urgently. It is a traumatic experience for everyone involved when this happens as there are concerns for the child's welfare, how to get access to the right help quickly enough and worries for the parents too. Read more about Jack's story and how you are helping.
Farida was welcomed at Open Arms for temporary care after her mother struggled to look after her because of severe mental health issues. Her mother was found wandering the streets in Mangochi town and Farida was at risk. Read her story here.
Open Arms Infant Homes provide vital support to the local systems in Malawi by working in partnership with the local Social Welfare officers to provide temporary care for babies at risk. These are children who are in desperate need or that have no where else to go. Children like Gracious who we met at the end of 2021.