With higher cases of Covid 19 across Malawi, we’re working hard to keep the children and our teams safe as well as to continue our support for the babies and families we work with.
Chisomo was safely welcomed at two weeks old, weighing 7lbs 5oz. Her mother could no longer care for her due to her own mental health issues and, unfortunately, became violent toward her. She has nowhere else to go and was extremely vulnerable.
Her relatives approached Social Welfare for help and Chisomo has come on leaps and bounds. We’re pleased to report she is now walking independently with a walker and reacts positively to those with who she has formed a strong bond. She is now feeding by herself and enjoys playing with her friends in the home.
Chisomo's family members often call to check on her progress and see how she is doing, and once restrictions ease and the virus begins to subside; we will work with them so that she can return to live with her relatives as a formal guardian, when they are both ready.
Everesi is a lovely and bright little girl who was brought to Open Arms on 30th July by community members in Chikwawa after being neglected by her mother.
Six months on, Everesi has settled in well and is a keen climber - certainly keeping her house Mums on their toes! Everesi is eating well and has recently started teething!
Born in March 2018, Hanifu came to Open Arms in 2019 after his mother became critically ill with tuberculosis and could no longer take care of him. He stayed in hospital with her for a while being cared for by well wishers but it became too much and he was struggling.
Hanifu is one of the oldest children in our home and is very independent. Now a bubbly healthy boy, Hanifu mixes well with others and is receiving the medical treatment that he needs to support his development.
Our team are working closely with Malawi Social Welfare Office to identify a long term guardian for him and he will return to a permanent family home as soon as he can.
Our older children continue to thrive
You might remember Thoko joined Rosemarie’s house last year. After a period of adjustment, she has settled into the house and started school with Edina. The school offers additional support to children with disabilities and the girls are happy there.
Thanks to your support, they can also continue to receive physiotherapy at Sandi rehabilitation center to help their cerebal palsy. Which is aiding their mobility and well-being, supporting them in day to day tasks.
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