Open Arms Infant Homes came out of lockdown in October and since then the team have been working hard on restarting services that were paused and looking at the longer term impact of Covid 19 on Open Arms.
Davie responded well to his care and drank hungrily from the bottle when he arrived. He was put under strict nutrition monitoring the first 6 weeks in the home, which allowed him to build up his strength gradually under close supervision.
As he grew, his development was slow due to the malnutrition during his early days. However, he finally started to use his fine motor skill and recognise simple sounds like his name. Over time he began to look at familiar objects and people when named and he responded to simple directions like “come here”. When he started to communicate wants and needs like reaching to be picked up, there was no stopping him!
One year on from his admission, he is a healthy little boy weighing 8 kgs. He eats an increasing variety of foods. He uses an open cup and enjoys soft-cooked vegetables, soft fruits and finger foods like banana slices.
We look forward to watching Davie continue to grow and eventually move back home next year where he will continue to grow up with the rest of his extended family.
Davie's sponsorship has provided a reliable source of support for him, allowing us to plan for his future. It costs over £3,000 to care for a child in one of our infant homes for a year and child sponsorship contributes to this through monthly gifts. If you would like to find our more about sponsoring a child's care in Malawi please visit https://www.openarmsmalawi.org....
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