Father (36) & Mother (26)
When this man was 10 years old, his father was killed in a car accident. He and his mother (73) then lived with the grandmother, who died in 2010. During his time in secondary school, he found solace in taking drugs and ended up in the community of the Merciful Father in Mothers Village in 2009.
After finishing the three year therapy course in the community, his life changed. He now has a job and is married with two daughters aged almost four and two. They live with his mother in their very simple home in a small village near Mostar. The father wanted to renovate the house but was refused a bank loan.
During our visit in October 2018, we found an old and badly built house. The roof was visibly sagging and leaking. There was no guttering to control the flow of rain which resulted in serious damp and humidity in most rooms.
Our builder advised that the roof would cave in with the first fall of snow. His estimate for a new roof, outside insulation and painting of house, new windows and doors plus refurbishment of damp rooms would be €19,000.
We shared the costs with Fr Slavko’s humanitarian aid organisation so we paid €9,500. Work on the house was finished in December 2018 – the best Christmas gift this family has ever received. They cannot believe what has happened and they pray for our donors who made this possible.
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