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Grace's Dream

Organized by: John Dabbs

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John Dabbs via Crowdrise
September 01, 2015

Late Sept we hope to start work on the well. Funding for that goes out shortly. See More

THE STORY:

The Cause

Grace is a caregiver. Not just an ordinary caregiver, but an extraordinary one. With no formal training she saw my father through his most difficult days at the end of his life. She did this with uncommon compassion when compassion was called for and just the right amount of sternness when that was justified. She kept her sense of humor and never missed an opportunity to check in on him. I believe she even made a Christian of the man who was so dear to me. For a short period a nurse was engaged, but it soon became apparent that the professional could not hold a candle to Grace herself and was summarily shown the door. In July this year I visited the country to spread my father’s ashes and pay my respects to his memory, my widowed mother and to Grace for her service. As always, I was greeted with an ivory smile, a bear hug and an update on the grandson. We spent hours chatting and her dreams of owning a house of her own became apparent. In Africa, many of us have a rural home and family to return to but in Grace’s case that situation is not an option. I resolved to fulfill her dream and provide her with a modest house of her own on a plot of land she has purchased already.

The Project

If I have to I will save the funds and slowly build her home, but if I could achieve it sooner, she will have a place to accommodate her family sooner. We have already made a good start: the plot is mostly paid off; two rooms are built, plastered inside and with floors. I plan on adding a living room, a bathroom and a small porch and believe the budget of $15,000 is realistic. This will include providing electricity, digging and provisioning a well, installing a septic system and a water purification filter. All materials and labor will be sourced from local sources as far as is possible.   The funds will be used as per the schedule below. I would point out that some figures are estimates only.

Excavate for well $ 1,200

Provide well pump and security to same† 1,500

Water tank and reticulation 1,000

Electricity connection and wiring 2,500

Tankless water heater 1,000

Septic tank and leach field 2,000

Complete construction of the house 6,000

Total $15,200

 † Depending on electric service to the area this may have to be a solar unit and prices could change.

What can I offer donors in return? Not a lot, I am afraid, but certainly a line of communication, a series of updates and an introduction to the community. If ever anyone were traveling to that part of the world I would arrange for a visit to the site. The Future Who knows where it leads, but working with this community is most rewarding. The people are of the highest integrity and despite a severe economy and high unemployment, laughter is prevalent.

September 2015 Update

The interior of the existing building is now plastered and has had a floor poured. We are now about to have the well dug; it being the end of the dry season and the optimal time to do so. We hope to have this completed by the end of October.

$775

 

5% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Peter Maeck

    $50

  • Doug Henderson

    $25

  • Orris'

    $100

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Donor Comments

Orris'

Orris'

DONATION: $100

I hope you efforts continue to gain momentum. Thanks for making a difference. 3 years ago

Doug Henderson

Doug Henderson

DONATION: $25

John, thanks for doing this for Grace and her family. From my years living & working in places like where Grace lives, I appreciate how wonderful, loving, generous, and courageous most of the world's real 99% are, in spite of facing a deck stacked against them in a way few in the West can comprehend. While we don't seem to be able to change the systemic greed that dominates the world (and that in America we glorify in capitalism), we can make a huge positive difference in the lives of people like Grace if we choose to. Kudos to you for choosing to! 3 years ago

Peter Maeck

Peter Maeck

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $500

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

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