The new year promises a fresh beginning and renewed hope for Alan Maloney and his seven-year-old son as they should be moving into an apartment in San Fernando this weekend.
Maloney, 54, and his son, Daniel Toussaint, have been sheltering in a tent in the burnt-out ruins of their home for the past month at Manahambre Road, Ste Madeleine.
He and his son, a Standard Two pupil of Ste Madeleine Government Primary School, were left with nothing but the clothing on their backs after their home was gutted on November 30.
Since the T&T Guardian highlighted their plight on December 20, kind strangers have been offering help.
An anonymous Port-of-Spain businessman paid for Maloney and his son to spend Christmas at the Kapok Hotel, Port-of-Spain.
They checked out on December 28 and with no other place to go returned to the burnt-out compound.
Then came news on Wednesday that soca songstress Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez had found an apartment for them at Chacon Street, San Fernando.
Maloney, who repairs appliances, believes divine intervention is at play.
He said he was on his way to do a job when Dyansie Christopher-Topas stopped the car he was in at Chacon Street. Christopher-Topas had just finished looking at the apartment.
“Everything is just timing. I went and saw the apartment and met the lady. It’s a one-bedroom, toilet and bath, kitchen and drawing room. It’s nice.”
Christopher-Topas also said it was great timing since the landlady had asked to meet with Maloney. “We were just leaving when I saw him (Maloney),” she said.
She said Lyons-Alvarez would pay the rent for two months while Maloney’s house was being rebuilt.
An overwhelmed Maloney said: “I just want to thank everyone for all their help.” He said he had no furniture but “somehow things will work out. I am just happy that we have a proper place to stay.”
Meanwhile, Cepep Company Ltd chairman Adesh Deonarine has promised to help move out the rubble from the house so Maloney could begin rebuilding.
Maloney said Cepep officials visited him yesterday and promised to start cleaning up the house from today.
Self Help Commission chairman Surujdeo Mangaroo who has promised Maloney $20,000 in building material, said arrangements also were being made to organise URP labour to help him rebuild.