Last month was a busy month in Mangochi with three new arrivals in the same week.
Grace Chisala was referred to us after being completely abandoned. She is just over one year old and was being cared for by someone in her village.
As you can imagine it is difficult to look after a young child and sadly the person caring for Grace found that she was unable to continue to provide for her.
Our outreach team had to travel 145km to pick her up as the Social Welfare Department that referred her didn’t have the transport available.
They come from a village very close to the Mangochi home and were living with their grandmother who took on their care. This incredible lady also looks after their two older siblings and another two orphaned children so understandably, the young twins were too much for her to manage.
On arrival they were acutely malnourished weighing around 7kgs each at 10 months old. This is 2kg underweight, which is huge for babies of their age and can become dangerous if not monitored closely. The care and nutritious food that they will get with Open Arms will support their early development though, allowing them to grow and recover their strength before returning home when they are ready.
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