Monday, January 26, 2009

Joao & Vera

Joao, Vera and their three children live in very sad and poor conditions. Dark, dusty, a mostly empty refrigerator (few items in there probably just to keep the bugs out) that is very rusty and barely working and their beds are what makes up this shanty home. On January 9, 2009 construction materials were delivered to them to build their house. Their home, made of pieces of scrap wood and metals hopefully soon will be no longer. Vera and her children seem to be sickly each time we visit. Looking at their environment it's understandable. Two friends and neighbors are helping Joao build his house. They are unemployed, Vera will make some meals in exchange for the labor. One of the helper's asked if we could help him by buying him a mattress. This was so disturbing because I couldn't imagine where he was sleeping if he had no mattress. Of course we purchased a simple mattress for R$60. He was happy. Pictures of the construction of the walls of the house was taken on Sunday, January 25. It is coming along.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cesta Basicas--Food Baskets

Wednesday, January 14 we delivered 12 food packages, "cesta basicas". As usual it is difficult to decide who gets one. We have been alternating, one month one list the next month another list. This time, with Sueli's help we had to be more specific, informing the people if they have a job to please do not receive one and allow the ones who truly need it. They were cooperative, standing by in case they had a chance for one. Honestly, they all need it. Food should never be denied to anyone. We are so grateful for the ones who have been donating so this program can continue. All donations are always welcome. Each food package is about US $10, depending on the exchange. Obrigado!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

50/50 Raffle

Thank you to those who participated in the 50/50 Raffle. Also, thank you Wendy for hosting it. The total amount of the donations was $400. The drawing ticket went to L.A., which means $200 to Cascalheira and $200 to L.A. Thank you L.A. for donating your half back to Cascalheira. As usual the money will be used to help feed and help the people in Cascalheira.

We are back in Bahia, Brazil and soon we will continue with the construction of the next house that is being built. Will keep you posted.
Please continue to send any amount of money. 100% goes to help Cascalheira.

Wendy picking the winning ticket!
Obrigada and Happy New Year!