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Living in a House of Sticks

Gerardo quit school at age 12 to earn money to care for his hardworking mother, but still they couldn’t afford a proper place to live. So, he built her a house of sticks—temporary at best. Who could help them find a real home? CBN’s ... Read Transcript


Reporter: GERARDO WAS

ONLY 12 YEARS OLD WHEN HE

TRADED IN HIS SCHOOL BOOKS

FOR AN OLD MACHETE.

PEOPLE PAY ME TO TRIM

BRANCHES OR FIX THEIR

FENCES.

IT WAS ONLY A LITTLE, BUT I

GIVE IT TO MY MOM.

Reporter: BUT EVEN WITH

THE EXTRA MONEY, THEY

COULDN'T AFFORD THE RENT AND

WERE TOLD TO LEAVE.

I FELT SO BAD.

I TOLD MY CHILDREN WE WOULD

HAVE TO FIND A NEW PLACE TO

LIVE, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW

WHERE.

Reporter: SO GERARDO

AND HIS BROTHER COLLECTED

ENOUGH BRANCHES TO BUILD A

MAKESHIFT HOME.

THEY WRAPPED PLASTIC AROUND

THE TREE LIMBS TO MAKE

WALLS, TO PROTECT THEM FROM

THE WEATHER.

I FELT SO BAD.

MY MAMA TOLD ME WE WOULD

HAVE TO LIVE ON THE

STREETS.

Reporter: ELMA WORKS 60

HOURS A WEEK DOING LAUNDRY.

SHE EARNS ABOUT $2.50 A DAY,

ENOUGH FOR FOOD BUT NOT

ENOUGH FOR RENT.

SO "OPERATION BLESSING"

BOUGHT BUILDING SUPPLIES,

AND ON

SOME DONATED LAND

BUILT THE FAMILY A BRAND NEW

HOUSE.

I WATCHED THEM BUILDING

OUR NEW HOUSE.

I WAS SO EXCITED.

I HAVE NO WORDS TO THANK

YOU FOR GIVING US SUCH A

NICE PLACE.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

GERARDO HAS BEEN ABLE TO PUT

AWAY HIS MACHETE AND HEAD

BACK TO SCHOOL.

I AM SO HAPPY THAT YOU

MADE THE DREAM OF HAVING OUR

OWN HOUSE COME TRUE.

THANKS, "OPERATION

BLESSING," FOR MY HOUSE.

GOD WILL BLESS YOU FOR BEING

SO KIND TO ME AND MY

FAMILY.

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