About Us


Joe Howson
VinB Chair and Founder

David Hall

David Hall   Trustee

Mary Hall Trustee

Mary Hall – Trustee


Keith Smith Trustee

Keith Smith – Trustee

Margaret Smith Trustee

Margaret Smith – Trustee








VinB (Volunteer in Brazil) was conceived by its founder, Joe Howson, whilst he served as a volunteer in North East Brazil in the early 1980’s.

The charity exists to help individuals and communities in Brazil and Europe to create bonds of solidarity. Our primary focus is to support educational and small scale development projects in the urban communities of Rio de Janeiro and isolated rural communities in the region of Cristino Castro, North East Brazil. We also provide opportunities for individuals to volunteer in communities in Brazil and the UK, facilitate exposure visits and deliver experiential learning activities that raise awareness of poverty, injustice and the need for global solidarity.


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