One of our newest projects in these first few months of 2023 is the construction of a new house for the little girls at the Mission Home.
Toward the end of 2022, the Mission Home asked us to assist in building a new home for the little girls. The building where they are currently housed is over 30 years old and the position on the Mission campus makes it dark and prone to mold. It has only two bedrooms available for the girls making it fairly crowded. We saw how needed a new home was, but felt unsure of how we might finance such a large infrastructure project. Once again, we were humbled by the overwhelming generosity of our donor community.
After hearing of this particular need, one donor decided to give a gift in honor of their late father to construct the home. The donor shares that the reason she was able to commit to a gift of this size was because she recently sold her home, a process only possible because of her own father’s generosity towards her. How beautiful to think that the sale of one home, and the generosity of a loving father, will build a new home for children with complex and often difficult family situations here in Ecuador. The building process began in January, and is due to be completed in the next two months. The new home will have 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a dining area, and a common play area. It will be home to 12 girls ranging in age from 2 years old to 12 years old, and one missionary caregiver.
One of the little girls is particularly excited about the new home. Veronica* is 12 years old and has been living at the Mission Home for 3 years. Before she came to the Mission Home, she slept on a mattress with 3 of her siblings on the floor in the living room where her parents shared a second mattress on the floor. Currently, she has her own bed, but shares a room with 5 other girls between the ages of 2 years old and 9 years old. When the new home is finished, she will share a room with just 2 other girls. She is excited that she will get to stay up later without worrying about disturbing her little roommates’ sleep. She is excited that she will move somewhere new for the first time in her life. But mostly, she is excited that someone cares about her enough to want to build her and the rest of her housemates a new place to live. We share in her excitement and pass along her thanks and gratitude.
*Name changed to protect privacy.