History of the Open Door Crisis Centre in Durban KZN


The Open Door Crisis Care Centre (The Open Door) has a 19 year history of working with abused women, vulnerable children and families focusing both on prevention (e.g. training and awareness) and intervention (e.g. counselling and social services.). Over this period The Open Door has counselled in excess of 100.000 men, women and children. Acknowledging that each one of these individuals are part of a family of 4 or extended group that number well exceeds 400 000 thousand people

The Open Door has won 12 National and Local Awards for their work in fighting crimes against women and children, as well as taking a stand against human trafficking gaining recognition as a lead organization serving community needs. Ikhaya Le Themba, registered with the Department of Social Development, was the first shelter in Kwa-Zulu Natal to have gained accreditation status to accommodate victims of human trafficking. During 2014 139 women and children spent 1838 nights in our shelter during which time 5524 meals and 3676 refreshments were served. 297 counselling / therapeutic sessions were held to bring healing and restoration as well assist with re unification and re integration back into their families and communities.


Thora Mansfield - Founder of the Open Door Crisis Centre

Thora Mansfield - Founder of the Open Door Crisis Centre



Founded The Open Door Crisis Care Centre in 1997 a multifaceted, multi-disciplinary non profit “ ONE STOP” trauma and counselling centre reaching in excess of  men, women and children.

Speaker and Lecturer

Well known speaker on many topic including women’s and children’s issues, human trafficking. Lead speaker at International Conference in Gauteng on Human trafficking and child labour as well as overseas.  Served on both National and International panels with experts in the field of human trafficking.   Appeared on radio and TV. 

Lobby for better service provision for abused women, children at risk and victims of human trafficking.     


  • East Coast Extra Mile Award
  • Old Mutual and Independent Newspaper Community award
  • Rose of Sharon Award for making a difference
  • Women Demand Dignity White Ribbon award for outstanding achievement and contribution to the prevention of violence against women and children
  • Rotary Service Award – Pinetown Rotary Club. Service above self
  • Nominated Checkers women of the year 3 years running
  • Awarded Certificate of Merit 2005 Outstanding contribution to community by SAPS
  • Awarded Certificate of Merit 2005 by SAPS for Women and Children’s issues
  • Regional Business Women Association Achievers Award 2008
  • Standard Bank Certificate of Recognition 2008
  • Winner of the Business Women’s Association Regional Business Achievers Award 2010
  • 2012 Finalist: Durban chamber of Commerce/EThekwini Municipality
  • Finalist KZN :   KZN WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE :  Category Life Achievement
  • Recognised as SA hero in SA Leads
  • Finalist in KZN Top Business Awards 2015
  • Nominated for Diakonia Award 2015

Organized and facilitated a WALK from Durban to Johannesburg over 6 days covering 700 kms with 20 x Open Door volunteers and 20 SAPS from various parts of KZN Natal IN  May this year. Creating awareness on anti child trafficking,  reaching over 10 million men, women and children  through Live TV :  radio broadcasts, newspapers, media, and presentations. 


Sponsored and travelled to United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Bangkok and Cambodia to network and explore best practices against human trafficking and abuse against women and children.