• Milk Programme
• Maize from the Food Programme
• Tree seedlings supplied
• Seeds, agri-training
• Vegetables from our garden
• Livestock - particularly rabbits
• House builds
• Roofs replaced
• Funded transport to collect ARVs
(AIDS treatment) from hospital.
• Water supply
• Micro-enterprise (small business
• Emergency funding for healthcare
• Provided books and teaching
resources for schools in Malawi &
“HELP” PROJECTS are usually practical and people-centred rather than community-based. They are specially tailored to need and help individuals and their families with practical solutions towards an enhanced lifestyle.
Apart from the Milk and Food Programmes it may be providing mosquito nets, blankets, clothing, seeds, or livestock.
It may be building homes for the frail, replacing roofs for vulnerable families, or funding transport to collect ARV’s (AIDS treatment) from the hospital.
Orphaned at 11yrs old, and caring for her baby brother, Alec receives
“HELPS” Programme ... changing lives
The cost of repairing the
Bore-Hole benefiting hundreds?
And the cost of
building this house
Behind each project is a story. Esther, an 18 year old, with an 18 month son, came to our office seeking help. Her husband had left her, and she and her son had been taken into hospital with acute malnutrition.
On her return she found her little house destroyed by the floods and so when we paid an assessment visit, she was sitting in the ruins without food, tools, shelter nor any form of income. Totally dependent on others, unable to help herself.
We noticed that the bore-hole in her village wasn’t working so when we spoke to the Village Headman regarding permission to rebuild Esther’s home, we also asked if we could help with the Bore-Hole. And while we were at it, we introduced the concept of our Community Agri-Gardens......
Esther, her son, and their new home
Ester - in the ruins of her home
Identified by his village as particularly vulnerable, Open Hand Projects replaced the roof and windows!
The cost of providing security and shelter for a vulnerable elderly man?
The roof of Alias’ home was ripped off in a violent storm. He’s frail and elderly and winter was coming .....
Roofs in the rural areas are fragile - usually grass on a framework of bamboo, lined with plastic paper if it can be afforded. Even though the country is often in drought conditions, once a year rains are due, and they are torrential when they arrive. Storms, and high winds usually accompany them so the roofs are very vulnerable.
As we visit villages, we often find orphans, the elderly, and other vulnerable people, sleeping on rags or old sacking on the dirt floor. June and July lead into Malawi’s winter when many suffer from the cold. Hundreds of blankets and jumpers, lovingly knitted by friends in the UK have been distributed to needy families over the years. We delivered some (left) to the girls’ dormitory, in the local school for the blind.
We were given 4 dozen beautiful handmade children’s quilts, most of which were distributed to the acutely vulnerable babies on our Milk Programme.
Mosquito nets save lives - malaria is a killer in the remote areas
Little Thokazani (her
name means “we
give thanks”) was
brought to us by her
aunt. She was just a
week old, and her
young mother had
died in childbirth -
probably due to her
husband’s beatings causing birth
Tiny Thokazani was just wrapped in rags, and her aunt had no way of feeding her, so we gave clothes, a blanket, and included her on our milk programme.
She now has a chance to survive.