House needing replacing - coastal Ecuador

Single Father Getting New Home With Indoor Bathroom #WATWB

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Improving Living Conditions for Father and Daughter

Canadian Dodie Schadlich lives in La Libertad, Ecuador and helps those in her community who could use a bit of assistance. The following project to rebuild a father and daughter’s home is an example.


Ecuador home needing replacement
Current home occupied by father and daughter, to be replaced in February
Photo courtesy of Dodie Schadlich

In Dodie’s words:

What does a person say? The hearts & generosity of people never cease to amaze me.

I received a significant anonymous donation today, its purpose is to rebuild a home for a single father and his 11 year old daughter.

Their current home is standing weakly in a drainage area in the barrios on the edge of town; last year with all the rains, it came close to washing away. The conditions are unsanitary and dangerous and sad to the core of ones soul.

The photos, the vision, often bring silence while the mind attempts to process.

I know personally the beautiful young lady that calls this place home and I cannot wait to tell her and her father, the precious gift they are about to receive.


Construction begins in February and the family moves into their new home in March.


Indoor bathroom

In a Facebook post, which you can read here, Dodie reveals exciting news for the father and daughter:

We can even include a small septic system. They will finally have a bathroom.

That’s right – the home will have an indoor bathroom, something most of us take for granted.

I am so impressed by Dodie, her team, and the anonymous donor, who are elevating the living conditions for this family.

Ecuador home in need of replacement
The current home, which was almost lost during 2017 rains
Photo courtesy of Dodie Schadlich


The new home is complete and father and daughter are thrilled to be in their new home!

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I am a US Expat in Ecuador. I grew up on a Minnesota farm, worked in IT in California's Silicon Valley, then moved to a coastal Ecuador fishing village. My goal is to share Ecuador with you, one snippet at a time. Topics include attractions, compassion, ecotourism, Ecuador products, everyday Ecuador, and flora and fauna. Please let me know what you would like to read more about!


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