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Jan 6, 2021

A New Home for the New Year!

A new home for the New Year – that’s a promise that a community group made to a woman and her six children and they delivered on that promise on January first.  Two weeks ago, we traveled to Cow Pen Village to share the story of how a community banded together to help a woman who has been left cripple as a result of health complications.  The Good Samaritans built the home in just over two weeks.  We wrap up the touching community initiative with the handing over that took place on January first. Here’s the story.

 

Juan Carlos Martinez, Organizer, Bella Vista United Group [Translated]

“Today, I want to officially hand over your house – this home to you and your family. There are no words for us to express our gratitude to God to have been given this opportunity to be able to help you. It is a pleasure for me and the Bella Vista Group.”

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

And with tears in her eyes, thirty-year-old Martha Elizabeth Molina received her brand new house on New Years Day. Molina, a resident of Cow Pen, is unable to walk after she suffered multiple strokes ten months ago. Since then she and her six children had been living in a dilapidated house in Cow Pen Village. But Good Samaritan Juan Carlos Martinez of the Bella Vista United Group saw her plight and decided to build the family a new home. Martinez partnered with the Cow Pen Village Council and with the help of volunteers, he delivered the home on the first day of the New Year.

 

Juan Carlos Martinez [Translated]

“We managed to work together and we have this relationship with the goal to conclude this house and have this family as what they deserve. It might not be the best and we wish we can do better but let me say with the help that you all have provided – this is a beginning and not the end.”

 

Martinez says that the handing over was a joyous occasion for all involved – especially for the seven recipients.

 

On the Phone: Juan Carlos Martinez

“It was an incredible day because we could see tears in this familys eyes and even in mine because we did everything with love.  With tears in her eyes she replied that God will be the one to make her dream a reality and she said that she never thought she would have a house like that. She said that when we told her we wanted to build a house she thought it was to get a couple plywood around and create a wall but she din’t expect what she received that day.”

 

When we visited on December nineteenth, the workers were putting on the roof – and by New Years Day it was ready for the family to move in. It took sixteen days to complete thanks to the outpouring of support.

 

On the Phone: Juan Carlos Martinez

“The first time you guys came and did the interview, we were just in the step of putting the roof.  It took us sixteen days for completion to hand over that house – from day one when we started from scratch, from nada.  It was plastered inside and outside was painted; two bedrooms; internal bathroom with wash hand basin and faucet – everything working condition. We also managed to get some furniture and appliances.  It was so amazing to see everyone coming together after you did the report. Thanks to everyone formally, thanks to everyone.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

 

The new homeowner is still in need of some appliances and funds to connect electricity. If you’d like to help, you can reach out to Juan Carlos Martinez at 671-0765.


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