We had put together the gift baskets with items to help some of the poorest families in the village.
When we first saw Ada's house we were shocked. We saw that this family were living in a house, in such disrepair, it could collapse at any time. The staircase was falling in. One room had no floor, the roof leaked any time there was rain and the walls were crooked and caving in. It wasn't safe for anyone to live there. When I walked up the stairs I was scared they were going to cave in under my weight. We were alarmed and horrified anyone had to live this way. The family was happy to receive the basket we have them but I couldn't stop thinking about them and their broken down house.
After talking for a short time we discovered that both parents have work, the father a full time job at a Banana plantation and Ada works part-time in a small city an hour bus ride away, most of the money they earn goes towards grandma's cancer treatment.
The family was working hard to save up to start rebuilding their home, when they found out that grandma had cancer. Though health care is public in Costa Rica, it doesn't cover the cost of the expensive medicine for her treatment. So at the end of the month there is just no money left to put aside or buy material for the rebuild.
After listening to the family's story, it was clear to me and my friend that we wanted to help them rebuild their home because strongly believe that no human deserves to live under such conditions.
We have spoken to a contractor about rebuilding and he has given us a quote of 12 000 USD. We can start the project as soon as we have about 6 000 USD. The funds will cover building a basic house next to the one which is about to fall apart. It will be solid and secure with floor, walls, roof, windows/bars, doors, plumbing and electricity. We figured this would be enough to have them move in and then the painting, furniture etc. can follow further down the road. The most important part is to have them in a safe home with a roof to keep them dry over their heads.
We need to raise the funds as soon as possible in order to start applying for permits for construction and then we can start setting the foundation of the house.
For my friend and myself, this is where we can help a local family improve their quality of life by making sure they are all safe, dry and comfortable in their home.
Being able to help makes us very happy. By supporting the community we can build relationships and bonds that are positive, caring and kind.
Please help us by donating whatever you can to help us rebuild these families home. Let's give them a home where they can live without fear or worry. This will give them the foundation they need to get back on their feet and move forward.
With your support, we can change the world of a family.
Ada and her family in the one only room which is some how usable. It was the day we first met them.
House from the outside - already getting up to the first floor is a challenge, half of the stair is fallen apart.
The next photos show where the kitchen used to be but the whole floor crashed. In the back you can see the entrance to the bathroom.
Next two photos are of the bathroom. The whole bathroom is in such bad shape that they are very afraid it will soon fall too.
The next photos are of the bedrooms. The stove had to be moved into the bedroom of the parents.
- Nathalie Frei
- Roland Hof
- Rob Hudelson
- Nonna Baumgartner
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