Open Arms Infant Homes have been in lock down now since the 6th April. As cases rise slowly in Malawi the team are following the latest medical advice and doing as much as possible to protect children and staff.
The team have worked hard to set up new processes including more hand washing, temperature checking, restrictions on access, and ensuring that they keep ahead of the latest guidance on Coronavirus and social distancing.
Both volunteer houses and Harrogate House in Blantyre are providing temporary accommodation for staff who have volunteered to live onsite for the next three months.
Rashid and Martin report that staff are kitted out with bedding, additional food and supplies and are happy and settled with their new routines.
Looking at the children smiling and playing around the Mangochi tree and in the Blantyre garden, you wouldn’t think there was anything unusual going on at all!
As our lock down started, The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) Officials carried out a monitoring visit to inspect Mangochi Infant Home for the Government of Malawi.
They were interested in the preventative measures that had been put in place and Rashid reports that 'they were most satisfied that our infants are well protected'.
Schools closed in Malawi on 16th March and the older children who were in boarding therefore moved back home to their foster families. As you can imagine, it has been a challenging and confusing time, especially for those students due to take exams.
We were delighted when Blantyre Baptist set out their online classrooms for IGCSE and Malawi Board students so that learning can continue at home.
As you can imagine, there have been many ups and downs and changes already but this is a first for e-learning from a Blantyre School and a huge achievement.
We are proud to support home learning and extremely grateful to Mrs Mudzengerere and her team for the opportunity this has given some of our children.
Google Classrooms take learning to a whole new level as students are responsible for securely logging in, sharing documents, saving and retrieving files as well as completing their work to the deadlines set.
Our children are developing resilience, independence and many new skills thanks to the fact that they can continue to study at home. The exposure to a new digital world provides an invaluable experience.
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