The Trinidad and Tobago Contractor Association (TTCA) has donated the proceeds from their annual golf tournament to the Lady Hochoy Home (South) in Gasparillo.
Vice president of the association Glenn Mahabirsingh said for the past 10 years, his organisation has been supporting Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and this year was the second time they’ve donated to the Lady Hochoy Home (south).
Manager and superintendent of the home, Sister Antoinette Fahey believes the TTCA’s $15,000 donation will go a long way in aiding the construction of a new block of the home. The new Early Intervention Centre would be used by the home to expand their early intervention programme where they provide education and therapy for children who have developmental and learning problems as well as to help educate parents how to facilitate their child’s learning.
“Right now, they are in a little choked up section and we can only deal with them in turns like twice a week. If we have better facilities and more space, we would be able to deal with them on a more regular basis. That’s the thing about thing about this kind of program, the more you can buy into it, the faster the children can develop faster,” Fahey said.
“The vision we have for that building is…when children are referred from the clinics, from the various doctors and so on, they would be able to come here and with the help of like a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, speech therapist, special educators – we would be able to put them through a series of exercises and whatever they need…to give them whatever they need,” she said.
The new block intended to serve at least 60 children, Fahey indicated, would cost them an estimated $10 million to construct, however, despite donations and several toiling fundraisers, they have thus only been able to raise $1.5 million.
Those who wish to lend any assistance to the home, either monetary or technical, can get in touch with them via their email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650-2164.