Six months ago the Rural Development Commission finally came to his rescue and carried out much-needed repairs to his dilapidated home at Clifton Hall, St John after his plight was highlighted a year ago by Barbados TODAY.
However, life remains very hard for 67-year-old Wilson Yearwood even though he no longer has to contend with a leaky roof or rusty galvanize over his head that could easily cave in at a moment’s notice.
The retired plantation worker, who was deemed medically unfit 35 years ago, is forced to live off the little financial assistance he gets from Government in the form of a pension from the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).
To make matters worse, his wife, Louise, who was the main breadwinner for the family, passed away two months ago and he has since racked up a $5,000 funeral tab.
“This is eight weeks since my wife died and we would join together our pensions and try to make do, but now she gone I am struggling very bad,” Yearwood told Barbados TODAY, while stressing that things were really difficult for him.
“She was really sick since last year and I only get $760 every month now. . . . [but] when I get that money I have to give more than half to the funeral home, so I really don’t have much left to do anything else,” he explained.
With tears settling in his eyes, Yearwood further lamented that his monthly NIS pension was just not enough to cover his bills.
“I really need some help in terms of finances, especially with my light and water bill which is $2,000 in total. I don’t understand only me live in this house and my bill is so high. Can you imagine $760 has to pay all of my bills and then
still have to get food?” he said, before launching into an appeal for help.
“I would hope that somebody can give me some sort of assistance with the bills and foodstuff. I would try to manage with the turnout which is $5,875,” the elderly man said.
“This is a problem that has been going on for months. I really have no one to help me out. I don’t care who it is. God made everybody, so I’m praying I can get some assistance.”
His only saving grace right now is his sister who lives next door.
“When she cooks she would give me food, but I can’t always rely on her,” he told Barbados TODAY.