Door of Hope Orphanage

Door Of Hope Orphanage

Volunteers will help to look after abandoned and orphaned children and offer them individual attention.

Minimum Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: From 210 Euro per week
Minimum Age: 16 years


Door of Hope was established by Mama Gladys, a person of amazing selflessness and a huge heart. She saw a need, had to do something about it, and started taking children in from the streets some 20 years ago. Orphaned or abandoned children would find their way to Mama Gladys who would take them in and care for them as her own. Currently there are 32 children from ages 1-20 years living with her in the orphanage where they are one big family. 

Volunteers can contribute to lightening the burden of looking after so many children, and offer them individual attention - a rarity in such a big family! As well as the younger children, you will be bonding with teenagers and chatting about those growing-up things teenagers want to discuss.

Volunteer working hours will be flexible, as the older children have school until 2pm. You will help around the house with cleaning and chores, and you will also prepare afternoon activities for when the children come home. Most volunteers work from 11AM to 4pm to have maximum contact with the children.

Volunteers can be involved in the following activities

Individual attention: It may be something lots of us take for granted, but individual focus on and attention to these children, living as they do in such a large family, means the world to them. The simplest things like teaching them the English alphabet, counting, names of colours and playing games with them will be rewarding tasks for both volunteer and child.

Homework: Volunteers will help the older school-going kids with their homework in the afternoons. You can help them with assignments and converse with them in English so that they can practice. Whether you consider your ‘strong point’ to be maths, English, biology or any other subject; your knowledge must be shared! These kids are thirsting for input.

Organising: Volunteers will be expected to organise fun activities that will both entertain the kids and improve their social skills. Be creative and come prepared!

Household chores: Even though Mama Gladys has several staff members helping her cook and clean, your help will still be invaluable. You can also get involved in general office administration (organising the children’s files etc.) and numerous other tasks. You will thus gain an insider’s view of the current situation at Door of Hope, and be able to use it to formulate goals for their future.

Special attention: Some children need special attention because they are behind with their educational development. Volunteers can help by teaching them reading and writing skills, to maximise their future opportunities.

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