We need to raise £6,525 to fund five preschools in Malawi for one year - providing safe access to education and a daily meal for 411 children. Throughout the first week of December, any support you can give the The Big Give will be doubled to help us reach this life-changing goal.
Jaffu was one of the first children at Open Arms Infant Homes in Mangochi. His father had passed away and his mother was extremely ill, he came to Open Arms after he was sadly orphaned.
Our team in Mangochi gave Jaffu food, a secure environment and healthcare throughout this difficult time and he responded well to the care. As he grew, he also attended our early learning classes in the home, where he learned how to interact with others, play with music and toys, identify objects, distinguish colours and more.
In 2010, Jaffu was well enough to return to his village to live with his grandmother. He attended an Open Arms community preschool. Attending from home meant that Jaffu could continue his education and eat a daily meal meaning the family had more food at home. He got a strong foundation of learning to build on when he started school.
Now, Jaffu is working hard in school and holds the highly regarded position two in his class.
When we last saw him, he told the team that he wants to be a doctor when he grows up.
Why are we doing this?
37% of preschool children in Malawi are affected by stunting, which is impaired growth and development caused by malnutrition. Stunted children have poorer development, achieve less at school and have poorer health and survival rates overall.
What’s more, nursery education receives only 0.2% of Malawi’s education budget, leaving young children underprepared and underdeveloped as they start school.
Whole communities feel the effect of this. Malawi has a young and rapidly growing population so urgent support is needed to ensure that children are healthy and educated, able to support their families and wider socioeconomic development.
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