HIP stands for House Insulation Project. The project was born as a result of the Proton Foundation Global Shift trip in June 2013, when all those on the trip were able to see first-hand the living conditions of some families in the village of Poiana, Romania.
Soon after our visit, we started attempts to make the winter months more livable for these families, one house at the time, by insulating and fixing their house. The families do their best to heat the house using wood, but most heat is wasted because the house is not insulated to cope with the harsh winters that can easily bring temperatures of -25 centigrade for weeks on end.
In September 2013, we insulated the first house and this has given us a better idea of the real costs involved as well as the time frame necessary to complete the work. These are the words Alex and Heather our missionary friends in Poiana who wrote a week after the event: “the village is still buzzing after you all being here and we have even been approached by people asking if we would consider putting them on the list for a HIP project.”
Very encouraged by our success and impact we planned on giving 10 houses the HIP treatment in 2014. As a result of many people’s contribution both financial and volunteering to help hands on five houses have been radically transformed. Seeing the impact it has had on the families that now will no longer have to dread the winter months we’re even more determined to reach our goal: 10 HIPPED houses in 2014!
CONSIDER MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
So as it turns out the HIP is a huge HIT and it was made entirely possible by great people willing to donate financially or volunteer to come and do the work themselves.
Will you consider being part of HIP 2014 by bringing a team through our V4C Programme or by donating $1000, $500, $250 or even $100 toward the total cost of $2500 USD per house and bring comfort to a needy family? If you would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.