Christmas came early for 22 families at Chilomoni Health Centre in Malawi yesterday as clothing, blankets and teddies made by Stork Support Knitters in the UK were distributed to vulnerable children from the local area.
New born babies and children under the age of five are acutely vulnerable to preventable and curable diseases in Malawi. The children living in the Chilomoni area on the outskirts of Blantyre are no exception and at the beginning of the rainy season they are particularly vulnerable to coughs and fevers, acute respiratory infections and pneumonia. When pneumonia is combined with malaria it can be deadly.
So keeping these vulnerable youngsters warm and dry during the rainy season is a great step forward in helping to stop them from contracting coughs, colds and pneumonia.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Stork Support Knitters for all their efforts on our behalf, and we had this message from Malawi yesterday:
"The children's parents were very happy and they asked us to thank the donors on their behalf."