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.
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.