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The Open Home Foundation works in partnership with local Christian people and organisations to nurture and encourage families regardless of ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. It believes that such partnerships contribute strongly towards children finding love and security within committed families and communities.

Where we work



Sonsored children Myanmar, social work training and social work support.
Adult literacy: Some of the families who benefit from adult literacy classes and the micro enterprise program. A cycle van, tools and a machine provide them with a job and way to support their families.

Since 1991 the Open Home Foundation has worked in Manipur, North East India. The programme is led by Pastor Athang Touthang and Mariam. Services are provided to help poor and broken families break out of the cycle of ignorance and poverty in which they are trapped. There are 1,000 children who benefit from this ministry which provides:

  • kinship/foster care
  • social work
  • family support
  • education
  • chaplaincy
  • medical
  • micro-enterprise services.


Open Home Foundation Mercy Ministry in Kolkata (Calcutta) provides a service to impoverished children and their families in two centres in the eastern part of the city. The services include family support, social work, chaplaincy,education, medical and micro-enterprise. Well over 100 children and their families are involved with these programmes.


Ramnicu Valcea

Ministry of Centrul pentru Familie (Family Centre) developed in 2002 by Margie Vincent from New Zealand. Provides a service to families at risk of abandoning their children into orphanages, including family centre offering day care, training for social workers and other professionals, social work support to families and training for parents. At any one time approximately 20 families are being supported.

Târgu Mureș

Acknowledging the staff on Women’s Day

HANNAH – Hope And Nurture works in Romania to strengthen families and communities, enabling them to provide loving and safe care for their children. This is done through family home visits, activity and educational programmes for children living in institutional care while building links with their families and communities, and providing social work related training in the community.

HANNAH was founded by Alice and Ken Winter from New Zealand and implemented in November 2010 through a partnership agreement with Open Home Foundation International (NZ) and Christian Endeavour (Romania). The day to day work is carried out in Târgu Mureș by local social worker Katalin Gyűjtő and volunteers. If you would like to know more or support this work in any way please contact Alice and Ken Winter


HIV/Aids continues to have a catastrophic effect on many countries in Africa. It has a devastating effect on families, communities, the economy and children. There are 13 million orphan children in Africa, south of the Sahara.


Life expectancy is 32.7 years. Currently 21% of the adult populaton has HIV-Aids.

The work of Open Home Foundation Zambia (OHFZ) began in 2002 and is led by Mark Lilema. OHFZ is working within the capital of Lusaka, and in Livingstone and Ndola.

OHFZ works to empower local communities so that they in their turn can ensure that all their poor vulnerable children are well looked after, go to school and receive good health care.

OHFZ services include:

  • adult education in micro-enterprise, family relationships and life skills
  • social work support
  • good health care and education
  • parenting and social work training
  • kinship care and foster care
  • sponsorship of community projects and children.

Read more about Mark's work in Misisi Compound.


In Rwanda the work of Open Home Foundation International is carried out through a partnership with PHARP-Rwanda (Peacebuilding, Healing and Reconciliation Programme).  OHFI is contributing social work training and financing social development projects.

Communities in Mageragere, Rukambura, Jenda, Mutete and Gicumbi have been assisted with the purchase of land, pigs, sheep, goats, and chickens together with training in farming practices so that vegetables, meat, milk and eggs are produced. These programmes and projects in Rwanda are improving the lives of about 800 orphans and vulnerable children, plus their families and communities. Diets are improving and profits generated enable their children to be better looked after, go to school, and get good health care.  Importantly RHARP-Rwanda provides pastoral care, social work visits and support.

In 2013 a community piggery is being developed in Gicumbi including a bio-digester that processes piggery waste into cooking gas and fertiliser for crops.  Social work training in the care and protection of children is being run in 4 different communities where 180 people will become better equipped to look after their impoverished and vulnerable children and train others.


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