A whole new life packed with
opportunity for ....
Over many months, Dorothy regained her strength so she asked if we would “invest” in a small business for her.
Just £5 started her off. She bought peanuts, - roasted, salted, and packaged them, selling them in the market for a small profit. She worked hard, eventually
re-investing in rice, and now she can feed and clothe her family by her own efforts as a rice trader!
Dorothy, her boys, and her new home - it even has a window!!!
Dorothy’s wrecked home, crumbling walls and ruined roof wouldn’t withstand the coming rains!
We first met Dorothy and her little family in 2005. She was frail, chronically ill with TB, a
widow, struggling to feed and care for
her three children.
With the help of friends in the UK we
rebuilt her crumbling home, devastated by torrential rains, with burnt bricks for longevity.
Eliza’s house cost to build
There was not much left of Eliza’s home, after the storms, just one tiny room behind the straw door was still roofed - the only place for her and her two children to sleep. Eliza’s life is particularly difficult because her daughter is chronically disabled with epilepsy and severe learning difficulties.
Eliza and her new home, weatherproof and secure with a stout wooden door and glazed window.
Another frail, elderly widow caring for orphans in a collapsed house.
Aid Africa/Open Hand Projects replaced it.
Each house built is individual, and appropriate to need and environment - sometimes it’s for those sick with AIDS, or disabled by leprosy, or weakened by age, but its always life changing when a safe new home replaces a building threatening collapse at any moment.
Aid Africa/OHP have built many other homes for the acutely vulnerable ....
• Miriam’s parents died leaving her, in her teens, homeless in charge of her siblings • the walls on Catherine’s house, where she lived with young orphans, had huge
cracks, and an active termite hill inside
• We found Annie, HIV+, sleeping with her children on the streets
• Falace, stricken with leprosy, watched her home crumble around her and her
two young children
•Dinah & Afale - elderly, frail, hungry ...
•Falace’s house was destroyed by fire, her family living in the ruins ....
So many stories, so many desperate people.....
This is Doris - representing a typical family unit so common in Malawi - an elderly widow and a clutch of orphans. They are standing in front of what was left of their home, a partially collapsed ruin - insecure, dangerous & vulnerable
Doris’ children have died, and so she’s left responsible for her grandchildren’s care - food, clothing, education, shelter - with no income. Compelled by their need of safety, Aid Africa/OHP and their volunteers built Doris this new house. She’s delighted!