Every child
is worth
fighting for.

Who we are

Open Hands is a “not for profit” organisation working to empower children and families from the poorest communities in Romania to overcome the effects of discrimination, poverty and neglect and so reach their full potential.

What we do

Where we work

Open Hands main office in Romania is in Suceava, a city situated in north-eastern Romania. However, our work is carried out in two locations: In villages around Suceava and in the small town of Gheorgheni, in eastern Transylvania.

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Our Vision

A world free of poverty and injustice

A world where every child has the ability to reach their potential

A world where children are loved and valued

Support us

There are many ways to support us! Swipe through and you might find exactly what you would want to sponsor.

SUPPORT OUR Rainbow House

The Rainbow House is a safe haven for children who experienced neglect and trauma. By supporting the Rainbow House, you enable us to provide food, education and loving care for these children.

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Lighthouse helps children from disadvantaged backgrounds to have a break from poverty. By supporting Lighthouse, you invest in children’s education and give them the tools to break the poverty cycle.

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Family Support means that we visit children and families at home. By supporting this work, you enable us to improve dire living conditions and allow us to provide food, advocacy and advise to families in poverty.

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To help children escape poverty, we put a strong focus on education. By supporting our educational programs, you enable us to work alongside teachers in schools, provide educational materials and allow school trips for children in need.

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Our response to covid

The Covid Pandemic has forced Open Hands, as much as it has charities around the globe, to re-think and re-invent the services that we offer, in order to continue to reach and protect the most vulnerable. Whilst Open Hands follows government guidelines, we put a response in place which enables us to maintain a vital level of care for the children and families we work with. Throughout the pandemic our team has been working tirelessly to maintain close contact with all children and families in our program. We thank our donors who in this time of turmoil faithfully continue their support and enable us to meet the needs in Romania.

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Our story is one of humble beginnings. It shows that things can grow out of very small first steps, if we are brave enough to take them.

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I love Open Hands because we get a lot of help and beautiful clothes. I have food and everything I need for school. I now have warm clothes in winter, and Olga (Rainbow House Manager) listens to us when we have problems. Open Hands has changed my life.

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