Our team continue to monitor the cases of coronavirus in Malawi closely with local medical experts. The infant homes and family homes have been locked-down for three months now but there have been some local transmissions recently and the infection rate in the country is starting to climb. We are therefore extending our lockdown for a further four weeks while we monitor daily.
Staff and children have settled well into their new norm and hove coped well with the demands of working during lockdown. Winfreda tells us 'It has been different working residentially and being here every day. It has brought staff even closer to the babies and it has helped us to love them unconditionally. Also, we would have been commuting back and forwards to work endangering the babies and our own families. The lockdown has kept everyone safe.'
Israel, now aged two, has been keeping a keen eye on the changes at Blanytre. Like any toddler, he is very observant and has recently noticed that the groundsmen are not visiting anymore. In response, Israel has been stepping up to do his part and can often be found sweeping the garden with a tree branch he has found!
Our community work is continuing but Ennifer and Rex are managing a restricted operation focusing on supporting the children who are most at risk or need additional help.
One little girl visited recently was Shamida, who was welcomed at Open Arms Mangochi on 16 October, 2009 when she was seven months old. After 18 months she was well enough to return to live back at home with her aunt.
Visits give the family Likuni Phala (fortified soya flour) to help improve her healthy status and a small monthly allowance to buy clothes and school materials. Shamida gets important support with her medication from Open Arms and her family get support and advice from our matrons so that they can educate her about her medication and how to stay healthy.
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