Open Arms Malawi

Give nursery education and nutrition in Malawi

You can provide community preschool education and a daily nutritious meal to 411 children in rural Malawi for the next 12 months, giving them confidence and development and a better chance at completing primary school. Our nurseries are built and managed in partnership with local villages.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1171686)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)




World Bank data shows 84% of rural Malawians face food insecurity; stunting affects 54% of toddlers and 5% of children die before their 5th birthday, 20% due to malnutrition. Stunted children have poorer development, achieve less at school and have poorer health and survival rates. Preschool education is unfunded by the government. Only 30% of children complete primary school: girls are often removed to look after pre-school siblings or help their parents.


We’ve created local partnerships to make early years education accessible to children at risk supporting the Malawi Early Childhood Development strategy. By giving basic monitoring, reducing the incidence of stunting and improving the chances of completing primary education we are improving the life outcomes of children. Your funding will directly support under fives in these schools by providing a teacher, food and ongoing support and monitoring in partnership with the traditional authorities.

  • “I have every reason to conclude that Jaffu Mtokoma is performing quite admirably at primary school because he had the bright and best foundation at the Open Arms nursery school in his community.”

    — Teacher