Part of our mission is to ensure that children have safe and secure homes to return to when they are fit and well.
Vanessa and Janello
Vanessa and Janello came to Open Arms as babies in 2014 after their mother sadly died. Their relatives were unable to take them in, so they stayed with us until they were three years old. They then went to live with a young aunt who had started visiting and had bonded with them.
Vanessa has a problem with regulating her blood sugar, so nutrition is doubly important. We provided this young family with maize starter packs to help them grow food for the girls to stay happy and healthy as they grow up.
Eleven-year-old Kondwani lives with his two grandmothers, an aunt and two young cousins. His two sisters live with another aunt a few miles away, and he visits them occasionally. Kondwani is in grade three at a nearby school. He loves going to school and works hard every day.
Kondwani’s grandmothers, with the support of our starter packs, work from early morning until late afternoon in their maize garden. These crops provide them with a sustainable source of food for the family and allow Kondwani to focus on his schoolwork, safe in the knowledge that a meal will be waiting for him when he gets home.
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