Open Doors was founded in December 2003 by a group of Princeton University students and members of the local community who were concerned about the plight of abandoned children in Romanian orphanages. Realizing that abandonment was a societal problem that could not be solved merely by working with the children in institutions, we determined to create an organization to help break the cycles of ignorance and poverty trapping so many families and to counter the attitudes leading to child abandonment. To this end we are working to establish several projects in various areas of Romania where we feel the need is greatest.
We believe that dedicated involvement in our projects is essential to their success and growth, so members of our organization visit Romania regularly and many make an effort to learn the language. We also try to get to know the adults and children served by our programs and to keep in close contact with our Romanian staff.
All of our staff in America works on a volunteer basis. We do our best to ensure that overhead costs remain at a minimum. Everything is channeled directly to Romania and to the children and families in need.
Houston Chronicle, 2005
The Star Ledger, 2006
Princeton Packet, March 2007