ABOUT US ... Open Hand Projects in Malawi
Google earth: 15° 46’ 09.86” S
35° 45’ 20.91” E
David & Lynda Mills, the Charity’s founders, Directors and field workers, are usually in Chiringa between March-June and September-November each year. In their absence, our 18 full-time Malawian staff members run the organisation locally in connection with the Trustees in the UK.
We work with local disadvantaged communities to encourage them to help their own vulnerable - actively discouraging dependency, while promoting self-sustainability where possible.
OHP’s rural location - Chiringa
Why “Open Hand Projects”?
“Aid Africa” was the name
used for a tiny
fundraising effort in
the UK before we
had even visited Malawi.
On arrival, amidst the dire poverty, “Aid Africa” sounded patronising, so we adopted the name “Open Hand Projects” - the open hand being a significant reminder of our desire to encourage sharing with others in this highly dependent society.
Originally, as we began to work in Malawi, we rented accommodation, converted chicken coops into offices and built wooden kholas (livestock housing) for our goats. Sanitary conditions were basic, but we piped in water to a single tap in the compound, and eventually had electricity connected.
Our Centre in Chiringa nestles in the foothills of Mount Mulanje, out in the remote “bush” areas. It’s 3 hrs drive east of Blantyre and just 5 Km from the Mozambique border.
In 2008 we bought a small piece of land close to our original site, and have been developing it to better serve the vulnerable ever since
The Centre consists of offices, storerooms, Training Hall, individual kholas for male goats, and collective housing for females with birthing unit, rabbitry, isolation facilities, accommodation and land for growing and training in vegetables, forage and other crops.
female goat complex male goat kholas site garden