The Gelgelu Family
Bonso and his wife, Shashe, have had to move four times in the last eight years due to rising rent. With each move, their children had to switch schools. Currently, they live in a crowded, three-bedroom apartment with their seven children: Gudatu, 17; Baredu, 15; Badeso, 9; Eedasso, 8; Warisso, 6; Dararitu, 3; and Darara, 1. Bonso has been a certified nursing assistant for three years, and his wife works as a janitor. Bonso was constantly worried about being uprooted because of rising rent, and one day a friend told him about Habitat for Humanity.
“Once I own my own home I won’t have to worry about moving my children,” Bonso said. “They will always have a permanent address, and life will become a lot less stressful.”
Bonso and Shashe are currently working at the ReStore and the construction site for their sweat- equity hours. Bonso likes learning new things and said his organization skills have become much better since starting his hours. They are very excited about moving into their new home.