Posted on January 16, 2017
It’s been a full year since we began this project and as the project was actually completed last September/October a final accounting is long overdue.
This is a project that could well never end, but we have met our initial objective of providing Marlene and Carlitos as well as all the dogs in their care a shelter that is clean and secure against the elements equipped with essential furnishings. Sad to say, their home is now much more comfortable than many in which a lot of poor Uruguayans live.
To quickly recap: Four dumpsters of junk were removed from the inside of the house and surrounding property; the roof over the main sleeping quarters was repaired with membrane (thanks to Yudelmis & Denis) and a new roof with new rafters and metal sheeting was installed over the barbacoa which they use as their livingroom; five windows were repaired or replaced with reconditioned used ones; a new metal door was installed in the barbacoa; new glass was installed in Marlene’s patio door; gaping holes in the walls throughout the dwelling were repaired; the electric panel was replaced and new wiring throughout with at least one plug and light fixture installed in each room; new ceramic floor tile was set in the kitchen, hallway, bathroom as well as Carlitos’ bedroom; plumbing in the kitchen and bath was upgraded; a new pozo negro installed; a new hot water tank was installed in the bath including new taps (thanks Jerry); walls in all six rooms were painted white; two new wooden bed frames (a single & a double) were purchased; and a used cupboard was purchased for each of their rooms.
1) Jorge Estefan to tile the floor in the kitchen, hallway and bath including walls, re-mount existing toilet, install and plumb a small pozo negro (septic tank), as well as provide and install a used bathroom door. Total $1,712.60 USD.
2) Geoff de Toit was contracted to replace the roof over the barbacoa with new rafters and metal sheeting, to reset an old window as well as provide and install a new exterior door. Total $1,257.01 USD
Trash removal (dumpster rental) - $177.33 USD; new 20L hot water Tank - $153.02 USD; new electric panel, plugs, switches & wiring - $404.77 USD; two used closets and a chest of drawers - $150 USD; two new wooden beds - $89.60 USD; Sub-Total $974.72
Paint and sundry incidentals (J&W); an Ikea game table and bookcase (J&W); a mattress (Heather & Dave); two beautiful large armchairs (Doris & Rheinhard); a new stove (Marianna); kitchen ware (Mike & Anna); ceramic floor tile (El Cine);
Hundreds of hours of labour were donated to the project, particularly in the beginning stages of the project for which the organizers give their heartfelt thanks—you know who you are. Without this initial burst of volunteerism the project would simply not have gotten off the ground. Value: $ Priceless.
TOTAL EXPENDITURE = $3,944.33 USD
Marlene has expressed to us in her own way their gratitude for what we all have done for them—checkout the picture of her sitting in her ‘new’ chair where she said that she felt like a queen!
We wish to add our own thanks to the many volunteers, donors and well-wishers for their substantial support.
For those who would like to continue their support for the welfare of the dogs themselves can do so on our companion fundraiser.., https://www.youcaring.com/Marlenes_Mutts