When Mayankho returned home his father thanked Open Arms and commented with tears in his eyes that “he couldn’t believe that Mayankho was not only alive but big and strong too.” After a short stay at our infant home, once he was well enough, he moved back to his village, right in between Chickwawa and Nsanje, to live with his aunt. She was also caring for his older sister and his father lived in the same village supporting the family with his vegetable sales.
Jeremy Stokes writes about his experiences cycling the Prudential RideLondon 100 which he completed for Open Arms earlier in August. From the early start to the challenge of the route and the camaraderie of his fellow cyclists, Jeremy's view is entertaining and full of useful information.
Their start at Open Arms has enabled their survival and development in many ways, including protecting against stunted growth, which affects 50% of under-fives in Malawi. They have developed strong social skills and having access to medication has allowed the team to treat early problems before they develop into anything serious.
At the time Cameron was only coming up on 13 so he was too young to come along but before we left he had decided he wanted to help so, as well as helping with the fund raising for the projects we worked on he also wanted us to organise for him to sponsor a child from the Open Arms.
Jeremy Stokes is cycling Prudential Ride 100 in August this year, in aid of Open Arms Malawi. In his third blog post, he writes about the reality and the anticipation of his forthcoming cycling challenge