OGDEN — The 1st Ogden relatives to get an “Extreme” household makeover was revealed Friday afternoon.
And in this situation, the time period “makeover” is possibly a misnomer.
The Emmy-award successful fact Television display “Extreme Makeover: Household Edition” will develop two residences in Ogden this thirty day period. The sequence is teaming with Ogden-primarily based Wadman Company and many other entities to shock two family members in the area with new houses. The first of the two households was released Friday during a press convention at Wadman’s headquarters in west Ogden.
The Barobis — a refugee family members from the Democratic Republic of Congo — had been amazed Friday morning with a knock on their doorway from Extraordinary host Jesse Tyler Ferguson and the show’s new designers Carrie Locklyn, Breegan Jane and Darren Keefe.
The family will not just be acquiring a house makeover — they’ll get an completely new household, to be developed in just a person 7 days on a vacant whole lot in downtown Ogden.
Wadman will be responsible for overseeing the project’s development, but the enterprise will operate with Visit Ogden and the city to aid control the party. The Objective Basis is performing to recruit volunteers. Weber Condition College, the Ogden Downtown Alliance, Weber County and the Boys and Women Club will also be concerned in the hard work.
“What the Barobi spouse and children has endured in unthinkable,” said Dave Hogan, president of Wadman Company. “We’re enthusiastic to start setting up (their) household. Our development team has spent months functioning with our community, subcontractors, suppliers and the Extraordinary team on arranging, arranging and turning desires into a truth.”
Four Barobi siblings, their aunt and cousin share a smaller Ogden apartment with three bedrooms, just one bathroom and no air conditioning or storage house.
At 13, the eldest brother in the household, Ashraf, grew to become guardian to his a few more youthful siblings, who were 12, 10 and 5. Congo rebels killed the Barobi kids’ mother and father and a youthful sister. Ashraf, who is now 20, aided his siblings escape to a refugee camp in Uganda. During the month-lengthy journey, the loved ones experienced to keep off main roads and out of villages to keep away from the rebels. They survived by selecting veggies from gardens alongside the way.
On their 1st working day at the refugee camp, Ashraf spotted the family’s aunt, Anifah. She had only a compact tent and her young daughter Habiba, but took Ashraf and his siblings in. They’ve been alongside one another at any time because.
The spouse and children was granted asylum in the United States and with the help of Catholic Neighborhood Providers, settled in Utah four yrs ago.
Ashraf’s more youthful sister, 17-calendar year-aged Azida, claimed studying of her new property was a everyday living-changing minute.
“We’re shocked and overwhelmed — nevertheless striving to method the entire working day,” she stated. “This is one thing that will be in my existence forever. It was an unforgettable moment.”
Milan Vasic, a producer with the show, said volunteers are continue to required in the household developing exertion. Visit wadman.com/ExtremeMakeover for information and facts about volunteering and contributions. People intrigued in volunteering can also pay a visit to an event tent that will be established up at the corner of Washington Boulevard and 20th Avenue for the duration of the upcoming 7 days. The second Ogden family members to obtain a home will be introduced Saturday.
Prolonged made by ABC, “Extreme Makeover: House Edition” will air on HGTV. The community designs to air 10 episodes, with the initial premiering in early 2020.
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