A prominent businessman of North Oropouche, Sangre Grande, has assured five of his fellow villagers who lost their roofs during Friday's thunderstorm that he will assist them in having it replaced.
Danny Guerra, managing director of DG Homes visited them on Friday and not only promised but immediately sent a crew from his company to start work on one of the houses.
Guerra told Guardian Media that he grew up in North Oropouche among the villagers, who he recalled was very kind to his parents and took a special interest in his development when things were difficult. He said he felt now was the time to give back to his community that is in need.
Guerra is presently building and selling houses in Sangre Grande. He knows for a fact that most of the affected homeowners who have children and babies are unable to have their roofs restored as most of them have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.
DG Homes employees load material to begin work on the damaged roof.
According to the businessman, he knew from experience that politicians will visit and make people believe that they will assist, and if help comes, it takes a very long time or not at all. Politicians are bent on making promises which do not materialise most times, he emphasised.
To show that he is keeping to his promise, one of the houses owned by the Suchits is nearing completion. Work is going on at a fast pace by employees of his company.
Some of the affected villagers who lost their roofs include, Ramsumair Dookhantee who has a family of six and happens to be his one time closest neighbour; Riana Singh, a mother of one baby; Alisha Suchit and her seven relatives; the 12-member Seebaran family; and Sandy Pemberton who is the mother of two babies.
Most of these families are presently staying with their families and neighbours.
Guerra said with the reopening of schools he will beef up his workforce so that affected families can return to their homes. The families thanked Guerra for his kind gesture.