Keep Nuan and Her Family Dry
Nuan and her husband, Jong, have been raising their young son and two nephews in a small village outside of Buengkan city. They survive on the income of Nuan’s full time job and Jong’s part time work, as well as the occasional funds being sent in by the nephews’ parents.
Nuan is the eldest of three sisters, and in the past they had no financial troubles. One sisters owns a rubber farm and the other lived and worked together with Nuan running a small shop selling food and other goods. Her sisters husband had an affair with a woman from Laos and ran across the border, taking everything. The once profitable rubber industry plummeted, leaving many in trouble with massive debts.
Because Nuan and Jong had the most stable income, and because they have been with these boys since birth, they agreed to take their nephews in and care for them as their own while the sisters went out to find work.
Together they live in this haphazardly put together home, struggling daily to make ends meet despite earning more than minimum wage at her full time job. Nuan worries often about how they will be able to save enough to put food on the table for these three growing boys as well as keep them in school. Everything her and Jong do, they do for these kids. She is hard working, dedicated, and one of the most caring people we have met.
Even though Nuan works full time and makes more than minimum wage, the steady income they get is not enough to fully support the family. Nuan and Jong live day to day, focusing on how to keep their boys fed, clothed, and educated. They hardly have enough money to survive, much less keep up with home renovations.
The home leaks inside anytime it rains, water dropping dangerously close to electical wiring, on the clothing of the family that is hanging to dry, and on family members as they sleep. During monsoon season they do not have a place to feel dry, comfortable, and safe from the elements.
Mundo Exchange and our partners Laekplian Lokgatat are teaming up with village leaders, neighbors, and the community to install a new roof for Nuan and her family.
After speaking with builders and other skilled members of the community, we have a cost estimate of about 64,000 baht for labor and materials.
We plan to:
– change the posts from wood, which is now weak after being eaten by termites, to most likey steel or some other metal.
– install medium grade metal sheets on the roof to replace the old and disintegrated tin she has now.
– possibly change the design of the roof to be more cost effective as well as safer and better at redirecting the rain.