The Best Day of Your Life? by Karen
Do you see the blue door close to the corner of the house in the photo below? This is where the old staircase used to be. After it collapsed Sonia's family had no choice but to use the front door, which was one of those things that just made their normal, everyday activities more difficult.
The floor in Sonia's kitchen area is made out of planks of untreated wood. As you can imagine, the boards around the sink and laundry area slowly rotted as they were exposed to soapy water and such. The floorboards were so weak that it appeared the heavy cement sink could fall through at any minute. The team assigned to this task removed the old boards, cut new ones, and fit them snuggly in place.
Group #3: Bathroom Renovations
I wish I would have taken better "before" shots of the shower in the bathroom so that you could see just how crummy their situation was. As you can see in the photo below, they hung plastic over the bathroom wall, on the outside of the house, to try to protect the weak boards and also to give them a little privacy. After all of the missionaries' hard work, Sonia's family now has a respectable place to bathe themselves.
Group #5: Roof Repair
Historically, Sonia's family's belongings got wet every time a storm passed through because the ridge of the ceiling/roof leaked. Right now, it's the rainy season which means that it rains every day. Can you imagine the belongings inside your house getting soaked every single day? It was terrible! The bravest of our missionaries got up on top of the roof to figure out how they could stop water from getting in. This proved to be a really challenging project because of the way the roof was constructed. I give this team a lot of credit for their perseverance and ingenuity!!
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