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Care in Action supports and works with two local community Day Care Centre initiatives, “GEMO” in Naotscha / Blantyre and  with “Bloomfield” in Mulanji. Both are dedicated to care for- and to further the education of vulnerable children and make a special effort to include local aids orphans.

Traditionally in Malawi, an orphan is taken in by the extended family: often a grandmother or aunt. The impact of AIDS has increased the numbers of orphans enormously, making it difficult for families to cope. Orphan Day Care is a means of providing the nutritional and educational needs for an orphan while keeping him within their traditional family structure

Though the two centres operate differently, at both places orphans and vulnerable children receive care, a cooked meal and basic pre-school education or after school support and tutoring.

In addition, Care in Action’s financial individual sponsorship programme supports the educational efforts of needy children and teenagers, from their neighbourhoods and local schools.

The cornerstones are:

  1. Nutrition: simple good meals go a long way to promoting health in a country where 40% of the children are stunted because of lack of nutrition in the early years.
  2. Education: an introduction to the basics, preparation for primary school in a setting where there can be 200 children in one classroom and for extra school support of older local children.
  3. Care: with the orphan’s guardians working to support the extended family, who looks after the small ones? In a safe environment of day care and with a warm meal in their tummies, the children have a better chance in their otherwise very difficult life.

The longstanding relations we have with the leaders of both organisations has placed both also as administrators for the Care in Action sponsorship programme. They help the programme to identify vulnerable needy children with potential  and support them to complete secondary education or to learn a profession.

Bloomfield Day Care Centre

A  Day Care and nursery school established in 2004 by Jasmine Lehnis-Leitao with the support of private donations  and the help of the Tea Charity Auction. Situated on Lujeri Tea Estates, it has become somewhat of a community centre valued by parents  as well as by the guardians of local orphans.

 Each afternoon an additional 45 local children who need care and learning support receive a lunch sponsored by Care in Action, extra lessons and help with their homework. Care in Action is also  providing funding for building their own well to be able to finally have running water at the centre and finance their very first playground.

digging well in Bloomfield

Thanks to a generous donation a much needed well is being dug for the Bloomfield Day Care center.   So far the only source of water has been from a nearby stream. What a difference it will make to have their own well with clean safe water. No more trudging to the stream to collect water and wash all the pots and dishes from the children’s meal.on the slippery edge of the stream.

chilren who receive free lunches

These children receive a free meal every day. Perhaps their only main meal they will have.

Mary receiving laptop Bloomfield

Mary Gondwe, director of the Bloomfield school and local administrator of the Sponsorship programme, proudly receives a laptop and internet connection from Care in Action representative Jasmine Leitao. This will speed up and facilitate the communication concerning the children receiving sponsorship.


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