Johanes is almost totally paralyzed, and he has been living in a tiny, dark hut for a long time. That hut is starting to fall apart, and a friend in the States agreed to pay for a new home for Johanes. The project started back in March, but ran into problems. The house was built in traditional style–wooden poles sunk into the ground, then a roof structure built and finished, then the walls mudded. The contractor who was working on the house assured Fred and Stephen that the small poles he was using would be perfectly fine, but by the time the iron sheet roof was put on and the walls nearly finished, the house was already starting to lean. The smaller poles couldn’t support the weight of the roof. Below you can see Johanes’ current house in the background and the first attempt at his new house in the foreground.
Johanes’ neighbors and family members assumed that the leaning house would be “good enough” for him and they prepared to move him into the new house. Fred insisted that it was not acceptable, and he and Stephen found new thicker poles and had another contractor restart the building a few feet away. Yesterday eight men and one woman lifted the iron sheet roof off the leaning building and carried over to the new building to be installed. (No photos because everyone was lifting that heavy roof!) Here is new house as of yesterday. The walls should be mudded and ready for him to move in by this weekend, when they will also install a large water tank with a tap inside his home. Johanes was nearly in tears from his bed in his old house. He never believed that someone like him could own a house with a metal roof, and he was as amazed as everyone else that Fred and Stephen invested their time and the donor’s money in building a proper house that he can live in comfortably for the rest of his years.