Siseva’i Vaisau shows off the new deck to her family.
Proudly sporting her Disneyland blanket, Siseva’i Vaisau sits in the sunshine in the living room of her grandmother Susan Lemos’ Kelseyville home with her father and uncle, having returned the evening before from a Make A Wish Foundation sponsored trip to southern California where she got to visit Dinseyland and Knott’s Berry Farm for the first time. Not only did she meet Mary Poppins, she got to visit with relatives, some of whom she had never met. The five day trip has made her tired, but she is happy and smiles as those around her talk about the trip.
Like many nine year olds, Siseva’i loves dogs and balloons, being outside on warm days and watching cartoons. She enjoys being read to and likes listening to music, especially reggae. Unlike most children, however, Siseva’i was born with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, conditions that have brought with them a host of other health challenges to her short life. She and her father have shared Susan’s home for the last two years, a change for that has required adjustments and accommodations be made to the home Susan has owned for the last ten years. Several organizations from around Lake County have contributed to improving the quality of life for Siseva’i and her family. Earlier this year, Susan turned to Habitat for Humanity for additional help.
“The deck leading into our home was so bad we worried every time we had to take Siseva’i’s chair across it,” said Susan.
Laauli, Siseva’i’s father, added, “It shook so bad the whole house would shake. You always knew when someone was coming up to the door.”
Habitat for Humanity was called in to assess the situation to see if there was anything that could be done to stabilize it. With the assistance of Siseva’i’s uncle, Habitat staff rebuilt the deck and stabilized it to make it safe for Siseva’i and her chair to cross.
“We can’t thank Habitat enough for everything they’ve done,” Susan said. “The donations given to Habitat for Humanity that made this work possible, and the workers who did it for us, have been a huge blessing.”
Habitat for Humanity Lake County feels equally blessed to have been able to help Susan provide for the needs of her granddaughter. Always looking for new ways to aid our community, Habitat for Humanity Lake County relies on donations from the community to offer such life-changing assistance to families within the county.
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