OHFI work commenced in Zambia in October 2003 with the establishment of our territory partner Open Home Foundation Zambia (OHFZ). The work is led by Mark Lilema (Free Methodist Church Bishop for Zambia), his wife Mary, and a number of volunteers. Our work in Zambia is broad in scope, and covers a range of projects that are vital for improving the health and education of local people.
OHFI’s work in Mafudu seeks to empower local families by giving them the skills and resources they need to learn sustainable and successful farming practices. With many challenges around health, education, and the quality of land and tools, it is critical to provide local people with new skills for the longer term, so they can in turn empower their children with the knowledge they need to bring positive change.
OHFI’s work in Kolkata began in 2010 through the development of Open Home Foundation Mercy Ministry Kolkata. This is run by Lun Misao (himself a graduate of PMA College in Manipur), his wife Ngaiching, and his team of six social workers and teachers. Our work in Kolkata is focused on four slum communities of Kolkata: Sapui Para, Basanti, Dum Dum and Durgar Nargar Cantonment.
Manipur, North-East India
Manipur was where OHFI’s work first began, in 1991. It emerged out of a request from our Manipur Directors, Pastor Athang Touthang and Mariam Touthang for training in the care and protection of vulnerable children, and assistance in helping families break out of a cycle of poverty and ignorance.
Hope And Nurture (HANNAH) works in Târgu Mureș in Romania. The goal of this project is to strengthen families and communities, enabling them to provide loving and safe care for their children. HANNAH was founded in 2010 by Alice and Ken Winter from New Zealand, and operates through a partnership agreement with Open Home Foundation International (NZ) and Christian Endeavour (Romania).