Esther Short — Bonnie Bourdage went to India in 2015 to work in an orphanage.
While she was there, she came across an elderly woman who had cataracts and learned the surgery for them would cost $400.
She inquired about paying for the surgery but was waved off by the host, who told her, “India will break your heart.” She went home and received a picture of herself praying for the woman.
She reached back out but still was turned away while trying to help this woman. She reached out to a pastor in the area she was friends with on Facebook, and they purchased a plot of land.
They are in the process of raising funds to build a home for widows. They identified a small village with about 20 widows, ranging in age from 32 to 95, and want to give them a place to live. Bourdage said she wants the house to have a main floor for the women and a top floor for their children and orphans in the village.
There will be a fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Brickstone Ballroom, 105 W. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, for the project. Tickets are $25, and there will be a raffle and silent auction. Anyone interested is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Miranda at 971-275-2700.