Over the years DePuy Synthes and Johnson & Johnson have provided a great deal of support to Open Arms Malawi and helped to increase capacity of infant homes from 40 to over 100 in two Malawi locations.
DePuy, a company of Johnson & Johnson, have supported Open Arms for 6 years, raised over £300,000 and sent over 100 volunteers to Malawi.
In May 2012, 24 staff from Johnson and Johnson traveled from offices all over Europe to Malawi to take part in life changing projects. It was the 7th such volunteer trip. The teams helped Open Arms provide food, sanitation and a nursery education through renovating feeding stations and building toilet blocks.
One of the areas the volunteers focused on building a new toilet block for our feeding station at Kumanda Village, to replace the old one which had become full. Did you know that only 15-30% of Malawi’s rural population has access to a latrine ?
The Children now have a working toilet block again. In Malawi the under age 5 mortality rate due to diarrheal disease is around 20%. By having access to good sanitation at our nursery schools and feeding stations we can help to reduce that.