All the Goddards from St. Philip wanted for Christmas was for their family to be reunited.
That wish was answered yesterday morning when Minister of Housing, Michael Lashley, presented them with the keys to their new three-bedroom house at Shrewsbury, St. Philip.
Matriarch, 80-year-old Lorraine Goddard was all smiles and filled with thanks as she accepted her Christmas gift. They previously lived on the same spot where the new $85,000 wood and concrete-board structure is located but as Lashley, who is also the MP for the area (St. Philip North), explained to Barbados TODAY, the previous house was in a dilapidated state due largely to termite infestation.
It took more than a year to be built and as a result, Goddard, her two daughters Jenny and Judy as well as six-year-old grandson, Jonathan, had to be separated and seek abode at different relatives. The house was fully furnished by the Friends of St. Philip North organisation and the Love Thy Neighbour group.
Lashley said he was especially pleased to present the family with the keys to their home since he knew first hand of the conditions they lived in previously. He said he was satisfied with the work on the house and acknowledged the challenge in Barbados to provide quality housing.
Goddard, who is a pensioner and a former plantation worker, he added, deserved the help because she would have made her fair contribution to Barbados.
“The challenge will always be there in terms of providing adequate housing … but we have actually confronted the challenge frontally and two days before Christmas this is a wonderful gift on behalf of the Government of Barbados and the Ministry of Housing and Rural Development,” he added.
“We are extremely pleased to know that the Goddards will be living in comfort this Christmas season and the new year. You can’t have a better time than at Christmas to present someone with a gift like this and this is really a wonderful gift for the Goddards.
“I know that they will enjoy Christmas in comfort now, together as a family under this roof, and I wish them many years of togetherness in this beautiful house,” he said.
The minister noted that the Barbados Government would pay for the upkeep of the building and the Welfare Department will pay for the utilities. (KC)†††