The chairman of a local construction company is stepping forward to assist a family in dire need, and whose plight was highlighted in yesterday’s edition of Barbados TODAY.
This morning Anthony DaSilva, of Innotech, visited Harriett Hackett, a mother of eight, who had appealed to the public for help with feeding, clothing and providing a better shelter for her children, after reading of her circumstance.
With him he took $2,500 worth in vouchers redeemable at any Massy Store so that Hackett and family could access food and other basic necessities. He also pledged his company would contact the Barbados Water Authority about paying off any outstanding bills for the My Lord’s Hill, St Michael property, and prepaying on Hackett account so it would not be a worry for the family in the immediate future.
“As far as I am concerned, water and food are two primary basis necessities,” DaSilva said.
“And if you have children in this house, it is not acceptable that they don’t have water or they don’t have food,” he told Barbados TODAY after meeting with the mother, who smiled when she received the vouchers and expressed her gratitude.
“The real issue here is the children; and it bothers me to think that eight children are living in such a cramped and difficult situation or scenario.
“The thing for me is what is the most urgent need, and I saw the fact that these children are probably suffering from not being properly fed, and I can’t imagine what it would be like to have children in a house without being able to feed them,” he added.
DaSilva also said that while he was aware that the house was in need of repairs, as the article indicated, he intended to address its state privately with the mother at a later date.
“I am in the business of construction and therefore it would not take a lot from us to change her life and to change the life of the children as it relates to the condition of this house and we intend to address it. And that’s not something I would want to have any publicity for.”
And as his Innotech spreads its wings to help the family, Da Silva is appealing to other companies to also offer a helping hand, especially as Government struggles to meet its overall objectives and social responsibilities.
He said this was not a unique situation and indicated that he was quite aware that there were a number of families in Barbados living under certain circumstances, explaining that his company had received daily requests to help people.
“I would challenge or encourage any company or anybody in Barbados who is able to help, to help those who are less fortunate, especially those at the very bottom where children are not being fed properly, getting basic nutrition, getting proper accommodation or the basic requirements of life.”
And for any critics who may have views on Hackett’s circumstances, DaSilva defended that it did not matter how she got there, but rather what could be done to change the lives of her offspring.
Meanwhile, other Barbadians have been calling Barbados TODAY’S Warrens offices stating their willingness to help the family in different ways.