“Greetings from Malawi, “the warm heart of Africa.” Earlier today, my BEB African colleagues and I experienced a poignant example of this warm heart. We visited the government-owned institution in Lilongwe. As we have often witnessed, dedicated caregivers and staff are working against all odds to give a measure of life and dignity to the children they serve. This institution is severely under-resourced as Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. We were shown primitive beds; education was a blackboard and nothing else. But what stood out were the sacks of maize that represented about 2 days of food for all the children in their care. It was gut-wrenching.
Following that visit, we drove to a private orphanage on the outskirts of the city. They were slightly better funded. When we referred to the situation at the government-run institution, they gathered up several sacks of maize and buckets of tomatoes that they had grown to send back with us as a gift to the government institution. What a beautiful picture of the human heart when it beats for the most vulnerable. Malawi, despite your poverty, you have set a high bar in terms of how we should care for each other. I now understand why Malawi is called [“the warm heart of Africa.”]” – Frank Garrott, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
This story is one of many examples of how we can serve people simply by recognizing a need and helping out. At BEB, we recognize the need for many institutionalized children who desperately need a family. We are committed to helping those children get one step closer.