Days after losing their sole breadwinner, the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) has stepped in and offered a much-needed lifeline to the family of the late Melissa Eastmond.
The 27-year-old mother of three – including two-year-old twin boys Jaylen and Jayden and their nine-month-old sister Jelissa – died suddenly on Tuesday afternoon after telling her relatives that she felt tired and was going to take a rest.
In response to a Barbados TODAY report on the situation, BWA Corporate Communications Specialist Joy-ann Haigh visited the family’s Work Hall, St Philip home this morning to inform them that,”based on the unusual circumstances and the fact that they had lost their sole breadwinner”, the BWA had agreed to immediately write off their outstanding debt and to restore water to the grieving family.
Haigh pointed out that just before Melissa’s death she had signed an agreement with the Authority to pay off the water arrears in installments, which is no longer possible. A relieved Cora Eastmond, mother of the deceased, said she was very grateful to the BWA for the support.
Haigh, who made a personal donation to the family, also called on Corporate Barbados to come to the aid of the family.