We adhere at all times to Christian moral and ethical principles.
We respect the personal qualities and abilities of all people we encounter.
We pray for children, their guardians, and their communities, and for all who work with them.
We act with honesty and fairness.
We strive to be transparent in all of our communications and actions.
We are aware of, and responsive to, the feelings and cultural practices of others.
We seek at all times to offer a service of high standard.
We provide training in life skills, social work, and the care and protection of children. This happens in local communities, for our partners and volunteers.
Children directly Supported
13,390 Family/Home visits 3414
We help enable community initiatives which generate surpluses, such as cropping, carpentry, and farming, which in turn help to enable new families to do the same. This multiplies the return over time.
Training Programmes provided 66
Mentoring communications 220
Social Work Care
We provide social work support, health care clinics, tuition centers, and schools, which help to protect, educate, and nurture vulnerable children.
Medical Clinics 17
Adults directly – 4300
Ewen and Gillian, supported by others, embraced this concept and began to develop it from their own home in Johnsonville, Wellington. A network of Christian Foster Homes quickly developed, which accepted referrals from community and government agencies. The organisation was registered as an Incorporated Charitable Trust with the name of ‘Open Home Foundation New Zealand’. 1986, the Open Home Foundation became a national organisation.
Since then, the work of OHFI has continue, and expanded. It now has partners and projects in India, Mexico, Mozambique, Romania, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Ewen remains on the Board and along with Gillian continues to be actively involved in OHFI,i providing guidance and support. The central goal of all OHFI’s work continues to be the empowerment of communities to look after their most vulnerable children.