Minister Persaud hands over new home to mother of six


Minister of Human Services and Social Security Dr. Vindhya Persaud Monday officially handed over a spanking new home to a mother of six.

The 16 feet by 20 feet home is valued at over $1 million and is located at Matthew’s Ridge, North-West District, Region One (Barima-Waini).

Ernesta Lara had lost her home due to high winds back in January 2020 but was able to benefit from a new home due to the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security in collaboration with Vitality Accounting and Consultancy Inc.

An emotional Lara fought to hold back tears as she showered praises onto Minister Persaud and her Ministry for this “life changing gift.”

Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Dr. Vindhya Persaud (second from right) presents the keys to new home owner, Ernesta Lara in the presence of Techincal Officer (ag) Satesh Rajpat and Matthew’s Ridge Community Development Council’s vice-chairperson, Janice Moses-Fraser (Ministry of Human Services photo)


“This is going to change my life, I can’t thank you enough, thank God for the Minister, thank God for everybody, I can’t stop saying thank God,” Lara said while adding that she was fortunate to find lodging at a neighbour’s home after her house collapsed.

Minister Persaud expressed that she was happy to present Lara with the home in time for the holidays and usher in the New Year under her own roof.

“Today I am here with Ms. Ernesta Lara because the Ministry reaches out to people who are in very tough situations and her home collapsed because of high winds and she has a number of children including a child who has a disability and so we reached out with the help of the community, the Region and the youth group here, this was able to materialize,” Minister Persaud stated.

She added, “I want to say a special thanks to Vitality Inc because they contributed to the cost of building this home.”

While her new two-bedroom home was erected on her land, the old structure was dismantled and the wood packed at the back in order to facilitate the construction of a pen where Lara can do farming. (Modified press release from Ministry of Human Services and Social Security)

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