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RADHICA DE SILVA
Despite the tragedy of losing her
husband and then her mother, sin-
gle parent mother Vashti Debideen
had reason to smile after the group
Habitat for Humanity built a house
for her and her two young chil-
Debideen received the keys to the
house on Friday at Maya Boulevard,
Her children Jerome, 10, and Jes-
sica six, who both attend the Broth-
ers Presbyterian School,
Williamsville planted a mango tree
in the yard shortly after officials
from Habitat for Humanity, Republic
Bank and the National Gas Com-
pany presented her with the keys.
Debideen said when her husband
Dharmindra Debideen, an ex-Caroni
worker died suddenly from pneu-
monia fever in 2010, her life went
"I would lie in my bed and won-
der about our finances. Everything
fell to me. My children were not
happy and I was thrown out of my
in-laws home," Debideen said.
With the assistance of her Pastor
Kris Maharaj, of the Jesus Worship
Centre, Debideen applied for assis-
tance from Habitat for Humanity.
"When I got called to be inter-
viewed I was surprised and, after
attending workshops, I am so happy
and blessed to now have my own
home," Debideen said.
President of Habitat for Humanity
Jennifer Massiah said more than
160,000 people are in need of hous-
es in T&T.
She praised NGC led by president
Mark Loquan and Republic Bank s
chairman of the Capital Campaign
Cabinet of Habitat Ronald Harford
for supporting the charitable pro-
Loquan said between 2005 to
2015, NGC partnered with the
organisation and contributed $1.25m
to build 16 homes.
Habitat for Humanity helps single mom
A home for Vashti
A Point Fortin mother of seven is pleading for
assistance after her home was gutted by fire in the
wee hours of Saturday.
Nekisha Byron, 32, told the T&T Guardian yesterday
she suspects her home was torched after she had an
argument with a man in the area.
Byron said the man threatened to set fire to her
house and she subsequently made a report to the
Point Fortin Police Station.
According to reports, the fire started around 1 am
on Saturday, completely destroying the two-bedroom
wooden house, located on Reservoir Hill, Point Fortin.
After learning about the fire, Byron said she went
to survey the damage.
"When I got there, there was nothing left...every-
thing was burnt. But yesterday evening when I was
looking in the ashes, I realised I didn t see the fridge,
the microwave or the washing machine among the
She believes whoever set her house on fire, cleared
out her valuables first.
Byron separated from her husband seven months
ago and moved into the house with her children,
ages 18, 16, 15, 14, 12, 10 and eight.
The children s father, she said, cannot care for
them as he suffers from partial paralysis as a result
of an accident several years ago.
She said since moving out of his home, she has
been supporting her children by doing odd jobs in
I hustle to take care of my children, cleaning,
combing hair, selling clothes for some people...I live
day-to-day to feed my children and send them to
Byron also runs a Facebook page called Delilah
which she said is used to help those who are less
"I am struggling to make things work for myself
but I am always trying to help someone else as well.
Through the page we have been able to get food and
clothes to many people in need."
Now, Byron is one in need.
All of her children still attend school and she is
appealing to anyone who can assist her to contact
her at 290-2568.
Nekisha Byron with three of her seven
children, Semelia, left, Simeon and Mama,
near the ruins of her home at Reservoir Hill,
Point Fortin, after a fire gutted it on
Saturday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
NGC president Mark Loquan, left, presents Vashti Singh-Debideen with the
keys to her new home in Gasparillo on Friday. Also in photo are Vashti's
children, Jerome and Jessica. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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