Together we can help vulnerable children in Malawi to survive their early years & grow up to thrive within their family home, whilst supporting whole families into self-sufficiency. Open Arms' Family-Based Care Programme provides essential advice, care & support to over 300 families in rural Malawi.
Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries. Up to 74% of the population live below the international poverty line & maternal mortality rates are amongst the highest in the world. Today alone, 1,890 babies will be born in Malawi. 320 will become orphans. 87 will die before their 1st birthday from malnutrition or illness. For orphaned children, staying with the wider family is the best solution but due to poverty, serious health conditions or in cases of abandonment this is not always possible
Our Family-Based Care Programme will support extended families in caring for orphaned & abandoned children at home from birth onwards. Children receive regular monitoring visits, medical checks & basics such as formula/food, medicine and other essentials. Guardians are offered advice and training, farming inputs (eg. seeds, fertiliser etc) and are equipped and empowered to become financially independent through goat, chicken and banana farming - leading to self-sufficiency within three years.