Hopefully, most of my regular visitors would remember Windy whom I have never stopped describing as one of the most brilliant that I have met during his stint as a Blogger. His artistry, his punch lines and above all, his straight in the eye delivery. Ah! Those were the days.
This Article is in response to a request from Windy who most recently left a Comment H E R E. For those who remember Windy, he once passionately blogged from Windmill on the Hill. I hope that Windy will return to share with us so much of his talent, as he used to.
Most regrettably for me, Windy stopped blogging several months ago and I still believe that Blogosphere has lost a valuable contributor. He was a Blogger for all seasons, so to speak.
I was shocked out of my seat earlier this morning, when I found his recent Comment and some noteworthy pieces of information that he left here and I quote:
I devote much of my time to humanitarian work after I stopped blogging. Just the little that I can share to help other less fortunates believe that hope and love still exists despite their misery.
I met a widow and her three children living in the open. I made a spontaneous decision to build for them a very small house. With whatever savings that I could afford it paid for the walls to be built. The works-in-progress is now the roof. The roof job would not have been possible without a heart of gold Blogger who helped me with some money.
After the roof job is completed, there is the cement floor and the wall plaster that needs to be done. Right now, I do not have the money to buy the materials for the floor and the walls. Do I laugh or cry now? I have to believe that “who dares, wins” and that miracles do happen.
Over the time that I have known Windy, I also know that he travels to Indonesia where he provides some families whom he knows that live in dire poverty.
In a separate discussion later with Windy, I asked him about the house that he mentioned at his recent Comment. This is his reply to me together with photographs.
Here it is:
They live in this.
The first photo that displays a “nipa” leaves open sided shed is where a 52 year-old widow and her three children found shelter. That shed is at the rear of a house. Out of compassion, the house owner allowed them to occupy that shed.
How did I get to know them?
It was on a school day when I met two of the children. I beckoned them over to where I was having my meal and queried why they were not at school. I had them sit at my table and bought them a meal. One thing led to another. It ended me asking them to lead me to meet their mother simply because the children tore at my heart strings and I wanted to know more from their mother.
The idea of building them a small house sprung easily to my mind but the matter about building it on the same plot of land was another hurdle. That took me several visits to the house owner, at each visit, cajoling and attempting to get his permission to build a house in his backyard. My persistence finally paid off and after some basic arrangements with the house owner and the widow, the house could be built.
A month later
With some help from an old friend, a retired House Contractor who now runs a hardware shop, I managed to hire two labourers to build the house for a nominal wage and a very flexible on the job schedule.
A month and a half later
The house walls are now completely done albeit without the wall plaster. The wall plaster will have to wait till I have the means to buy more cement and sand.
The value of things.
While the house was built, each block became unbelievably precious. I could extend only whatever my personal savings would allow to buy the materials needed to build the foundation and the house walls.
As the blocks went up, one upon the other, these blocks took on such a value of its own. I admit the blocks had a greater meaning than the face value of money. This feeling extended to the cement, stones, sand and for everything else that the house needs.
The word frugality in a real and practical sense bore so much meaning with building this house.
God Bless you Always,
Having read all that, if you care to render assistance to Windy, add some cheer towards fulfilling his task and bring that home to the widow and her three children, I have added a PayPal Donation button at the bottom to serve this purpose.
Many thanks in advance to benevolent donors for this charitable cause. A full list will be duly published here for Blogger donors and their Blog links.