Who is Build & Grow?
Build & Grow e.V. is a German non-profit organization that organizes home builds for families in need in Eastern Europe as team events for business people primarily. It gives hope for the families in need, breaks their cycle of poverty and promotes personal growth and community among colleagues.
We aim to provide a transformational experience that unites colleagues (~15-25 participants) around a shared purpose of serving the poor. It can become a catalyst for business people to impact their own job environment, families and communities for positive change.
Build & Grow e.V. was founded in 2017 and cooperates with experienced local partners to execute the builds.
Several builds with corporations are planned in Romania in 2018.
Build & Grow e.V. evolves out of Gordon’s vision to transform lives of poor families in Eastern Europe while seeing business people living with greater purpose and a heart of service.
I founded Build & Grow e.V. as a result of my personal life experiences as a business professional in one of the largest global consulting firms.
During my time as a business consultant in Germany, I more and more realized how fortunate and privileged I am. This impression became even clearer as I was engaging in several social projects around the world in the poorest nations.
When going to bed one night during a mission trip to Romania, I thought about all the poor children I had seen before. They would still lie on the floor in freezing temperatures without a roof over their heads. This picture stayed in my mind. I thought if only every fortunate business professional gave a little bit back, then nobody would need to sleep on the floor.
Soon thereafter, I was asked by a good friend to join home builds for poor families in Latin America together with other active or former professional athletes. I was truly amazed by the huge impact one team could make only within 3 days. This life changing experience was the initial spark for me. I wanted my colleagues and other business people to experience the same in Europe.
As Romania’s housing situation is one of the most difficult in the EU and I can personally relate to this country due to my experience, I decided to start there. I cannot wait to see people getting involved and lives being changed.