Supporting Neglected & Disadvantaged Children in Romania

Rebekka Maughan | Founder and CEO

OH 148My name is Rebekka Maughan, I am a trustee of Open Hands and founded the charity in 2010. My work with Open Hands is varied and involves planning and overseeing our projects, fundraising and organising the day to day running of the charity. I enjoy my work for Open Hands because it is very rewarding to make a difference in children’s lives who without our intervention would not have such a bright future. As we are a small organisation I am keen that the money we receive goes directly to our projects I therefore work on a voluntary basis without payment. I also hold a degree in Social Work.

Andrea van Hoven | Co Founder and German Office

dummyMy name is Andrea van Hoven. I have been a trustee since we registered the charity in 2010. I run the Open Hands office in Germany and work on a voluntary basis. I work with Rebekka and Steve in planning our projects and with fundraising.  I am responsible for the German website.  I also organise aid trips and the shoe box appeal with my husband Cees. In my work with Open Hands I have realized how even small, practical steps of acceptance and love can transform families’ lives, give dignity and encouragement that there is a better future possible. This motivates me to focus my energy on helping the marginalised and disadvantaged of Romania.

Ionut Pastrav | Director Romania

OH 153My name is Ionut Pastrav and I am the director of Open Hands charity in Romania. I have been part of Open Hands since early 2015. I am employed by the charity on a part-time basis. I work with families in the rural areas near the city of Suceava. Additionally my work involves running our Romanian office in Suceava, liasing with the local authorities and overseeing Olga’s work in Harghita with the Open Hands families there. Before joining Open Hands I worked for another NGO in Romania for many years. My previous work has helped me to gain much experience in working with young disabled people as well as agriculture. I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with poor families and be part of the Open Hands team!

Olga Kalusi | Manager Rainbow House

OH 984My name is Olga Kalusi and I work for Open Hands in Romania. I work in the county of Harghita.  I am employed by the charity full-time and work directly with the Open Hands families. I like working for Open Hands because everyone here works from the heart. I work with most families long-term and I help families to integrate into communities, liaise with schools and kindergartens, teach parenting skills and  work on self-sustainable living skills with our parents.
I like to help poor families because once upon a time I experienced poverty too. My favourite part of the work is to work directly with the children and to see happiness on their faces. I am Romani. I therefore know the culture of my people and understand the discrimination we face. At Open Hands we try to do everything and work hard to improve the lives of our families.

Iuliana Pastrav | Family Support & School Inclusion

OH 150My name is Iuliana Pastrav and I am part of the Open Hands team in Romania, in the county Suceava. I am new to the team and I previously worked a few months for Open Hands as a volunteer. I hold a degree in psychology. I am employed by the charity full time and I work directly with Open Hands families. I help families with nutrition, access to health care, improve living conditions at home, teach parenting skills and school drop-out prevention. I enjoy my work for Open Hands because I have the chance to help poor children, to help them to have a more beautiful and colourful life and to see the happiness on their faces.

Registered Charity Number 1136482


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English Office

Spindle Tree Cottage
Stockland Lane
Hadlow Down/ Uckfield
East Sussex ¦ TN22 4EA

phone: (0044) 7949766147

German Office

Open Hands
Andrea van Hoven
Hagener Str. 29
49377 Vechta

phone: +49 4441 9518875

Romanian Office

Suceava City
Zamca district ¦ No 5 Octav Bancila Street
29th block ¦ Staircase A ¦ Flat no.: 2

No.: 0040 740 239 964