I shot this photo in Bălan, Romania in 2011.
A city with one of Transylvania and Romania’s most important centers for copper mining. In 2006 all mining-relatedimage activities were stopped in Balan by the Romanian government. This left a huge gap and the unemployment now is around 80%.

The conditions the families we visited had to live in were appalling, children and parents squalor in small rooms with little food. Those who were lucky enough to live in a small flat without a leaking roof had to endure the mould that seemed to have gotten everywhere

We believe that every child has the right to a safe and loving home. Time and time again Open Hands meets with families who live in extreme poverty. These families struggle to meet their most basic needs for food, shelter and clothing. As a charity we want to help these families to achieve long-lasting change, this is why we make long term commitments to support them. By building trusting relationships with families we are able to work with them to achieve improvements; some of these improvements can be life-saving.

If you want to know more about the work of „Open Hands“ founded by my sister Rebekka Maughan you are welcome to contact her:




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