Latchmin Sookdeo, a 51-year-old resident of Lima, Region Two (Pomeroon- Supenaam) received a fully-furnished house on Christmas Day.
The house was handed over by Essequibo Businessman Joe Jagmohan, who is the Managing Director of International Imports and Supplies.
He did so in memory of his mother Chano Jagmohan, who passed away in 2020. This gesture is also part of President Dr. Irfaan Ali’s home construction initiative, where houses are being constructed free-of-cost for vulnerable people across the country.
Sookdeo was overjoyed when she received the house.
She is currently unemployed and grapples with filaria and arthritis. Now, Sookdeo will be able to live a more comfortable life with the new house.
Jagmohan, who was Sookdeo’s former employer, also made the commitment to provide $100,000 monthly for the next 12 months to Sookdeo. He will also construct a shop for her, in hopes of her being able to earn for herself.
“This is what I love doing, giving back, serving my fellow Guyanese, and I am happy to bring joy to all the elders and Sookdeo on Christmas Day” Jagmohan said.
Two more houses will be constructed for two more Essequibians in 2023. The vulnerable families will be selected by the Regional Democratic Council (RDC).
In addition to handing over the fully-furnished house to Sookdeo, 30 persons received grocery hampers while $10,000 cash and a meal were provided to elders from various communities in Region Two.
Regional Vice Chairman, Humace Oodit commended the businessman for making the donations on Christmas Day and said that he is happy that he remembered his roots. Oodit called on other businesses to ensure that they emulate similar work.
In 2019, the businessman also constructed and handed over a fully-furnished house to a family at Crabwood Creek, Berbice. The family had lost their house to fire. The family had six children and were struggling.
Another house was also built for another vulnerable family at St Cuthbert’s Mission, Region Four, after that family lost their house to a fire