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Yankho makes the big move home

Where do we start with the funny and full of charisma Yankho Patrick?!

Yankho was born alongside his twin brother in early December 2018.  Sadly, several weeks after their arrival into the world, Yankho’s brother died in the nursery ward, and on 24th December 2018, their mother devastatingly passed away due to postpartum complications.

With Yankho still in hospital but growing stronger every day, his Grandmother continued to look after him until he was well and strong enough to return home to live with the family for some time.

However, Yankho’s grandfather, who provided for the family, suffered a severe stroke, and was admitted to hospital in the Autumn of 2019.

This was when Open Arms opened our doors to Yankho and his Grandmother.

Coming to Open Arms on 3rd October 2019, at ten months old, Yankho was severely malnourished, weighing a tiny 3.90kg.

Yankho was also diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which explained some of the developmental delays in the tot.

Cerebral Palsy in children can affect motor skills, fine motor coordination, and muscle tone.  Negatively impacting the child’s movement, affecting sensory skills, speech and language, and social and emotional development, hence causing delays in meeting childhood milestones.

However, with the right treatment, care, and fantastic support, children can continue to thrive, overcome barriers, meet those all-important milestones, and live a full life.

While in the care of the great team at Open Arms, Yankho was placed on a nutritional diet and provided with regular physiotherapy to increase his range of movement, and social, emotional, and behavioral development plans to help provide Yankho with the best possible start to life.

Fortunately, Yankho is going from strength to strength, and we are so pleased with his progress and determination.  So much so, that we’re delighted to say Yankho returned home to his family on 4th March 2021.

Yankho Going Home

Support through outreach

Yankho has not returned to live with his elderly Grandparents but instead, his Aunt, who lives in Mbayani, Blantyre, close to Open Arms.  Our team has been working closely with the family for a long time now to make sure everyone is fully prepared for the additional care that Yankho will need as he grows and develops.

With four cousins to play with and learn from, we’re confident Yankho will come on leaps and bounds.

However, our outreach team is never too far away.  With regular monitoring and support available to the family, we aim to provide the necessary tools for families and children in Malawi to thrive.

Yankho At Home With Aunt Escorted By Martha And Judith

Sponsor Yankho today

By sponsoring a child, like Yankho, you help ensure their continued development, support, and care for him to grow healthy, strong, and above all, happy.

Guardians like Yankho’s Aunt will visit Open Arms with Yankho to collect their cash transfer, allowing us to keep in touch and make sure that everyone is well, and the family is coping.

Your regular contribution helps support our outreach programme going beyond providing the basic essentials for families, where you can watch Yankho continue to grow and reach his full potential.

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