Fire victims to receive new home after two years


A family of five who lost their home to a fire on November 08, 2014 and was subsequently forced to live in the most inhumane conditions will be able to enjoy this Christmas in their new home from the Habitat for Humanity Guyana Inc. (HFHGY).

This was disclosed by the HFHGY in a recent statement.

Following a fire of unknown origin which completely destroyed Imran Khan and Sherry Bacchus’s home, leaving them and their three children homeless, one of whom is physically challenged, the family went through many hardships.

The HFHGY outlined that the family was forced to live in a dog kennel after the fire, finding a place to rent and then dealing with an unscrupulous Landlord, leaving the family with the only option of occupying a chicken coop, the only surviving structure on the land after the fire. It was added that when it seemed things could not get worse, heavy rains caused the area to flood wetting their mattresses as they slept on the ground and the family was forced to seek refuge from a kind stranger until the water subsided.

The couple then became aware of the work of Habitat through the Enterprise Youth Development Group. Subsequently, representatives from the “A Dollar makes a Difference” partnership between Edward B. Beharry & Company Ltd (EBB) and Habitat for Humanity, came to verify the couple’s claims and shortlisted them for the building of a new home under the second phase of the campaign.

Through the “A Dollar makes a Difference” partnership, this family will officially be receiving a two bedroom concrete home, with three mattresses donated from Comfort Sleeps and other household items from anonymous donors on Wednesday, December14, 2016 at the Khan& Bacchus residence at lot 68, Non-Pariel, East Coast Demerara (E.C.D).

Under the “A Dollar makes a Difference” partnership which commenced in 2014, 11 families have benefited from various housing needs ranging from new homes, sanitary blocks and home repairs or improvements.

“To date, the partnership has generated over $17,000,000 raising awareness of the role housing plays in poverty reduction and strengthening livelihoods while encouraging commercial entities or individuals to join as partners and improve the lives of families across Guyana” HFHGY.

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