On Sunday 13th May several COINS employees travelled to Ploiesti, Romania to participate in the COINS Romania 2018 build in conjunction with our partners, Habitat for Humanity Great Britain. This year’s COINS team includes: Larry Sullivan (Chairman), Robert Brown (CEO), Chris Westbury (COO) Alexandra Smyrl (Development Coordinator), Jennifer Sanville (Senior Programmer), David Steward (Infrastructure & Information Security Manager) and Daniel Peyron.

Habitat believes that a home is the catalyst that will break the cycle of poverty. Their mantra “it’s a hand up, not a hand out” helps to shape their activities and the form in which their projects operate.

COINS employees are no strangers to a Habitat build having visited Mumbai, Albany and Haiti as well as participating in opportunities the UK such as the Charlie Chaplin playground and Habitat’s Hope Challenge. Their skills will be put to the test where typical volunteer tasks can include everything from digging the foundations, to constructing the walls, insulating and roofing.

The team in action

Ploiesti, Romania is suffering the effects of an economic crisis that has led to unemployment reaching more than 15% of the community.

This has resulted in families being unable to make necessary repairs to their current homes, unable to pay their rent and, being forced to move back in with their parents, which causes overcrowding.

Habitat for Humanity GB

Over the years COINS Foundation has been involved in a number of projects with Habitat and have witnessed first-hand the impact it has on so many people’s lives and the opportunities created. Their microfinance loans have been an area we have had a particular affiliation with, where we have been fortunate enough to follow 5 families who have benefitted from this life changing opportunity. The loans offer extra finances for materials that will contribute towards the construction of a house so that when other demands arise they are still able to continue building a better life for themselves and their families.

We’re proud to be working with such a passionate and influential organization and to support their objective to break the cycle of poverty by eliminating poverty housing and homelessness.

The build finishes on Friday 18th May and we look forward to sharing their experiences when they return.