Rewards and Bonuses

Knowing you have helped someone in great need is the reward;the hug,smile or tear of appreciation is the bonus. Today we finished a job that will be remembered forever, especially by Ken and Butch because it is the day the house was completed for Petrona. Let me tell you the story.

Petrona lived in a 4 meter x 3 meter house made of bamboo and mud sitting on the edge of a twenty foot embankment with her three children  Erik 14, Angelica 13, and Elsa six. The house, a twenty minute walk up the steep mountain side, was in danger of collapsing over the edge during the next rainy season so Rotary and your donations built them a new one made of concrete blocks and wood.

Elsa with her mother Petrona, stand in front of one of the fragile walls. Behind the  is a 20 foot drop.

Elsa with her mother Petrona, stand in front of one of the fragile walls. Behind is a 20 foot drop. You can see a bit of the lake far below

Cement blocks, sand, gravel, wood and metal roofing were carried up to the site by young men over sometimes very tricky footing. Ken and Butch with our contractor Julian spent three and one half days building the new house.  During this time we got to know the children and grandma and grampa who lived next door. The whole family including some other relatives were eager helpers doing whatever they could to assist. The pictures will tell the story but what the camera missed was the tear in Petrona’s eye when she thanked Butch for her new house.  Petrona, who is also one of our guides, is a hard working street wise lady to whom tears do not come easily I am sure.  This was the bonus.  For Denise and Art the bonus came from Juana, Petrona’s mother, with only  limited vision in one eye, who gave them repeated thanks yous and hugs and warm hospitality. And to all our Rotary supporters the bonus comes in the pictures of six year old Elsa whose excitement knew no bounds. Enjoy.

Demolition did not take long.

Demolition did not take long.

 

 

The first job was to patch up a not so solid wall.

The first job was to patch up a not so solid wall.

The arrow points to the construction site.

The arrow points to the construction site.

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The new house actually sits beside some fairly substantial homes.

 

All materials, blocks,sand,gravel,cement,wood,roofing must be brought down the path.

All materials, blocks,sand,gravel,cement,wood,roofing must be brought down the path.

The whole family joins in handing down the blocks.

The whole family joins in handing down the blocks.

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Stabilizing the back wall

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Petrona did right in

Petrona digs right in.

The woodwork starts

The woodwork starts

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The foundation blocks start

The foundation blocks start

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Ken is forced to forget the way he usually does things and perform some rather unusual construction.

 

Outside cooking area

Outside cooking area

The roof at last

The roof at last

 

 

The house will get a cement floor. One day they will get a bed but for now the family of four will sleep on the floor

The house will get a cement floor. The family of four will share one bed.

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3 thoughts on “Rewards and Bonuses

  1. Tom

    great project. congrats on a job well done. the family will be safe and dry for years to come. bravo.

  2. Rob & Irene

    Unbelievable work. Proud to be Canadian. Rob and Irene.

  3. Colleen davy

    Oh I am so happy for our single mom and friend Petrona! You are doing some awesome work my friends and I am so proud of you all! Colleen

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