This post make me so happy. I met Elvira Rode in our first month of living in Angola. She is the treasurer of the Blind Association, and completely and irreversibly blind. She sings the loudest when we sing together at our meetings and she always works hard. Everyday in front of her house you can stop and buy bananas, bread, or toasted peanuts, that Rode toasts herself in a pan over a flame. Her husband died years ago leaving her with four children, now adults. Her daughters are both married, but come and help her sell when they can. Her two sons unfortunately are not helpful.
The Boa Vista (eye hospital) administrator, David, has a big heart. When I told him I want to help the Blind Association, he told me that Rode needs a new roof. Pictured below is Rode's house made from adobe. She had a small pile of cinder block in the back of her house, every time she had enough money she would buy another block. Dreaming of one day rebuilding her house with bricks!
This week I received pictures of the finished house!!!! Rode now can be confident that she is safe when the rains come. She doesn't have to save blocks anymore.
Front of house
The money that we raise at SoRichlyBlessed.org is mainly for the college scholarship but every once in a while we get to support our Blind Association and the widows of the world. Not to mention the young Angolan men employed to build this house.
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With Love, From Lori