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Henny Knap-Go, SI Hilversum, The Netherlands


Welcome to the Open Heart - Open Door Community!


Open Hearts - Open Door

As the logo and the name indicates this program has its roots in friendship between Soroptimists all over the world. Friendship is the basis, but the challenge of this program is far-reaching.

Let me introduce myself first.
My name is Henny Knap-Go, member of SI Club Hilversum, The Netherlands.
I am liaison officer of Open Heart - Open Door.
Heidrun Konrad, Past President of SI Europe has initiated this excellent program and her idea proved to be hugely successful.

In Soroptimist International Members, Clubs and Federations all strive for a better world especially for women and girls.

International goodwill and understanding and networking are necessary tools for achieving these goals. and Open Heart - Open Door provides these tools.

And.....thinking of the future, the exchange of youth through this program give them experience and knowledge and is an excellent tool to keep our organization alive and strong.

Membership of Open Heart - Open Door has already widened the horizons for many Soroptimists and has already brought many Soroptimists together.

Is not it a magnificent idea that more than 475 Soroptimists in 53 countries have the opportunity to use the benefits!

A very good reason to join the program! So don't hesitate!

I shall be very happy to welcome you.

Contact: Henny Knap-Go at

Open Heart - Open Door program offers five options:

Home Hospitality:
to one or two Soroptimists or a couple.
Contact Person:
guide in one's own town.
Exchange Visit:
on professional level
Home Exchange:
you and your exchange partner will stay at each other's homes for a certain period by mutual agreement.
Youth Exchange Programe for Young Relatives:
e.g. daughter/son, niece/nephew, grandchild.