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Serving the most vulnerable      in rural Malawi

Our goats are a key feature —18 does and 2 stud bucks. Their milk over the years has contributed to the health and survival of many vulnerable babies.  We issued 6 male kids to staff and others to improve stock quality and size in various areas. Sadly, we lost 2 male kids to first-time kidders in April, one of which had an irregular presentation, but she survived, leaving another 7 pregnant, due to kid within the next few weeks.

Hoping for females!

Moringa is still our main crop, but it’s a challenge to harvest, weed, and prune several thousand trees as well as producing all sorts of tree seedlings in our tree nursery with so few staff. So we brought in some help. While our guys prune the trees to bush them out, others are weeding, irrigating and top dressing alongside.

A new tree nursery had been constructed and contained seedlings mostly of mtangatanga and acacia —both trees to grow for fuel.  Some had been issued to a local school and we’re keen to extend this programme and distribute all seedlings before we start moving into the dry season.

Staff have been working well, but we quickly realised that we needed to take on several new members - we increased our security team and engaged a new Field Worker. She’s quite special, an older lady who speaks english and loves paperwork! She’s responsible for running the “people projects” —milk & phala distribution, hosting the Elderlies Luncheons and community assessments—particularly keeping in touch with, and supporting, the older folk and vulnerable women and children.

We produced a “Procedures Manual” covering every aspect of our work in Malawi— a helpful reference document so staff are fully informed about our core values, standards and expectations regarding good leadership, community involvement and projects.

Vehicles—Following a generous specific donation, we were able to buy another motor-trike, ideal for carrying building supplies, goat forage, tools, equipment, etc, and it’s already been used as an emergency ambulance to carry a sick lady to  medical help—her family were desperately trying to take her to hospital on a pushbike but she was too weak, so we were able to help. She recovered well.

We try to set a good example of care in this chaotic society, so site maintenance is a constant challenge in the war against termites, climate damage, and shoddy materials. We repaired the storeroom roof, replaced electrics, checked our solar installation, repaired water pumps, and repainted the exteriors of the houses. To improve security, we had metal door protectors made and fitted to outer doors with stout padlocks, and replaced security lights.

Additionally, we were able to help in funding hospital transport/treatment, emergency dental work, clothing & food, maize for school children, sleeping mats for the frail and elderly, bike repairs for community workers, funeral costs, plastic paper for roof replacement, house repair, and we even replaced a wheel on a wheelchair to give mobility back to a disabled user!

We’re always so grateful for all the goods that are donated by our supporters in the UK—we distributed over 300 pairs of glasses, beautiful knitted blankets and gorgeous little jumpers to the youngsters ready for the upcoming winter season.

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Summer Report 2018

including February-April trip

OHP Centre ……


Reforestation and Moringa


Site maintenance

Open Hand - giving …..

Thank you for your support

Open Hand Projects (OHP)

Is Aid Africa’s working name in Malawi


later in 2018