Friday, January 26, 2018

Single Father Getting New Home With Indoor Bathroom #WATWB

It is the last Friday of the month, which means it is time for the We Are The World Blogfest when we bring you positive stories from around the world. Thank you to this month's co-hosts Shilpa GargSimon FalkLynn HallbrooksEric LahtiDamyanti Biswas and Guilie Castillo. Please visit their blogs for more positive stories.

Improving Living Conditions for Father and Daughter 

Canadian Dodie Schadlich lives in La Libertad, Ecuador and helps those in her community who could use a bit of assistance. The following project to rebuild a father and daughter's home is an example. 

Current home occupied by father and daughter, to be replaced in February
Photo courtesy of Dodie Schadlich

In Dodie's words:

What does a person say? The hearts & generosity of people never cease to amaze me.
I received a significant anonymous donation today, its purpose is to rebuild a home for a single father and his 11 year old daughter. 
Their current home is standing weakly in a drainage area in the barrios on the edge of town; last year with all the rains, it came close to washing away. The conditions are unsanitary and dangerous and sad to the core of ones soul. 
The photos, the vision, often bring silence while the mind attempts to process. 
I know personally the beautiful young lady that calls this place home and I cannot wait to tell her and her father, the precious gift they are about to receive.

Construction begins in February and the family moves into their new home in March.

In a Facebook post, which you can read here, Dodie reveals exciting news for the father and daughter:
We can even include a small septic system. They will finally have a bathroom.
That's right - the home will have an indoor bathroom, something most of us take for granted.

I am so impressed by Dodie, her team, and the anonymous donor, who are elevating the living conditions for this family.

The current home, which was almost lost during 2017 rains
Photo courtesy of Dodie Schadlich
UPDATE: The project is complete and father and daughter are thrilled to be in their new home!

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  1. Hi Emily - what a lovely happening for that family ... so precious to them. Great to know about the anonymous donation and I bet they are so excited for March to come around. Thank goodness they didn't lose their home ... excellent #WATWB post ... cheers Hilary

    1. You are right, Hilary, I am sure they are so excited for their new home. What a blessing. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting as always!

  2. Wow. It's hard to imagine that in a world where most people think they're poor because they can't afford an iPad. Stories like this remind me to be thankful for every little thing.

    1. Sorry for the delayed response Eric. Your comment was hiding in my spam folder.

      I agree with you - be thankful for every little thing. Thanks so much for commenting.

  3. Hi Emily - what a heartwarming story. Yes, we have so much we take for granted, don't we? How wonderful that there are folks who give just to give, not caring for recognition or reward. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. It is true Lizbeth, we do take so much for granted.

      I love donors who are not seeking recognition. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  4. It is wonderful when people give from the goodness of their heart. Perhaps when this project is completed, you can give us an update on their new living quarters. Thanks for sharing this story and for being a part of #WATWB

    1. Great idea, Lynn. I will write a follow up once they are in their new home. Thanks so much for your kind comments and for tweeting this story.