|Vidal's old house.|
one of the children was ill. It had rained all night. As we stood off at a distance from the house wondering how to make our way through the waters that had flooded around their house, the family came wading through the muddy water to meet us on higher ground.
asthma. I am convinced that she would have soon become even more critically ill if she had continued living in the conditions of a damp, smoke-filled house. Every time it rained everyone in the family would suffer through the night trying to stay dry. The dirt floors of the house ended up with puddles of water collecting from the water dripping in from above and from the water that would seep in from the surrounding ground outside the house. The only place available to do the cooking was inside the house in a homemade adobe oven. The smoke blackend the underside of the rusting tin roof was proof of the difficulty of preparing years of meals.
One of the three houses will be a new model home at the vocational school. The home will be built by a team of high-school students along with help from The Ohio State University. The model home construction will serve several purposes. It will provide a valuable experience for high-school Vocational Agriculture students in Ohio to work with experts from Ohio State in designing and building the house. The house will be a model that will implement innovative construction design ideas that can be copied when we build other new homes in the future. Along with the house, the Vo-Ag students will design small animal projects and a garden space to help make the home more sustainable. The model home will be used for housing students who want to come to the school from remote areas outside the city of Choluteca.
Ohio State students have been an encouragement to us by coming and helping in various ways over the last 15 years. This year a team of Engineering students will come and build a second house in one of the villages where we work. They will be coming up with thier own design and we will be able to evaluate the positive aspects of both houses.
The Shalom church will also be involved in helping to build a house for a young couple from the church. Over the years, our church has been involved in building nine houses. Each of these houses has been an emergency relief effort. In the future, we hope to begin moving towards a sustainable model where the owners are able to pay at least a portion of the cost over a period of several years.
Possible Action Steps:
- Would you like to make a donation towards helping a Honduras family have a secure home in the future? The total materials cost for a house has been about $5,500.
- Would you like to come work alongside our church members in the construction of a house? Contact World Gospel Mission for information on how you can join one of our construction teams. (3783 East State Road 18, Marion, Indiana 46952/ Phone: 765-664-7331)