Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 7th 2017 Contents With tears flowing from her eyes, Jasmin
Reyes appealed to the Housing Development
Corporation and the Minister of Health for
help for her paralysed son Randy.
Roma Baran: This is so sad, hope you get
the help you need, my heart goes out to you.
Hyacinth Snaggs: Just when I thought
my burden was the heaviest.
Nigie Boodoo: Sad, my heart goes out to
u. Be strong hun, prayers do work wonders.
Harry Ramharack: Contact the PM. He
may want to experience for himself the diffi-
culties you have to go through at floor 7.
Camlar Mcleod: I am not satisfied with
the response this lady got from the Housing
and Health Ministers that they gave to the
Guardian newspapers concerning this lady
who is in dire need. I think they could have
been more caring in their response. Come on.
Adamskie John: They are designing, con-
structing building with no handicap accessi-
bility and adaptability.
Lovie Reds: Why do ppl have to beg and
go through all this, make their business pub-
lic for help that should b given?! Why boi?
AG: Govt cracking down on land fraud
The property tax valuation exercise is not
merely to ensure those taxes are paid but is
also a mechanism for rooting out fraud. At-
torney General Faris Al-Rawi said as much
yesterday in his address at the opening of
Global Forensic Institute's (GFI) Caribbean
Fraud Conference 2017: FATCA, Trafficking
and Risk at the Radisson Hotel in Port-of-
Azard R Mohammed: Rooting out fraud!
Danny Jones: Long time we waiting for
Trevor Pilgrim: A lot people thief peo-
ple land and acting as up-standing citizens.
That is why they don't want to pay the tax.
Carolee Lewis: Should be done years
ago. T&T has been known for fraud for
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 guardian.co.tt
No. 4 Cipriani Boulevard
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION
REGARDING THE WHEREABOUTS OF
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
Building 7, Apartment 3-2 Belmont Terrace, Belmont
SHOULD CONTACT THE CO-ORDINATOR SOCIAL SERVICES
THE FAMILY COURT OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
223-1060 Ext. 3595
OR VISIT THE SOCIAL SERVICES UNIT AT
NO. 4 CIPRIANI BOULEVARD
STOP LOOKING FOR A JOB ALREADY!
She wakes every morning before the
crack of dawn, to ensure his lunch kit is
filled, homework checked and uniform
Even before the sun rises, she kisses him
goodbye while still asleep and prays to God
that he stays safe and gets to school on time
In her village most girls are pregnant by
the time they turn 16 and are pregnant with
baby number two by 18; so she has done well
by the village standards.
Yes, she messed up. She got pregnant
for a deadbeat guy, but she graduated from
school and made something of herself. It's
been ten years since and she hasn't so much
as gone on a date. She has managed to keep
a job all this time as well. She's working her
She wants a better life for her child, but
isn't quite certain how to get it. All she's
ever been taught is to work hard and stay
employed where it's safe and secure. That
means leaving home at 4 am to get to work
on time and not reaching back home until
after 7 pm.
She misses his every game, she misses
every PTA meeting, but she is determined
not to let him down. She is determined to set
a good example of hard work and discipline.
He is a good boy; he gets up on time, has
his breakfast and gets to school without an-
yone there to monitor him. He never strays
on his way home and gets his homework
She always leaves dinner on the stove be-
fore heading to work so he has dinner before
bedtime. He has trained himself not to fall
too deep into sleep until he feels her kiss
goodnight. She is safe at home. Now he can
This account is sadly not the norm for
many women that grow up in at-risk com-
munities. As hard as this story sounds, this
would be considered a good one. This would
result in the one boy that makes it out and
goes on to do great things in spite of his be-
ginnings, but we all know how the average
story will end.
There are enough studies and evidence to
show that the lack of supervision will lead
the average child to delinquent behaviour---
high levels of absenteeism, poor grades,
school dropout and possibly entrance to a
gang in search of a male role model.
I recently came across a website for
battered women and the first thing that
jumped out at me was the job placement
feature of the home. I shook my head. Help-
ing at-risk women find jobs is at clear sign
that we fail to understand the root cause of
the so-called delinquent behaviour we are
experiencing in our schools.
This very noble gesture unfortunately
contributes to the cycle. Mothers are forced
to leave their children for most of the day
just to earn an income. An income that
most times cannot allow them to substitute
their presence with top notch caregivers
and after school activities.
It is my preference that women in at-risk
communities be taught more trade and
business. Teach them to sew, cater and tap
into their creativity. Show them how to de-
velop a solid business plan and help them
turn ideas into thriving businesses. Help
mothers work from home, so that they can
be more involved in raising their children.
It's time to change the conversation. It's
time to make entrepreneurship more nat-
Have you ever visited those Artesian
Markets? Soaps, jewelry, candles just to
start. The best breads in town, jams and jel-
lies, sweets and treats. All items that can be
exported, sold in large retail chains or even
I recently visited one, and what jumped
out at me were the number of new vendors
that have turned to this simply because
they cannot get a job. While speaking with
them I silently rejoice, because little do
they know that their success story has al-
ready begun. What may seem to them as
adversity is surely a break through on the
horizon. I pray they stick to it.
Artesian markets have given these wom-
en an outlet to sell once a week and in re-
turn they have created a business. Imagine
if someone created shared administration
services, delivery, marketing and financ-
ing?Just imagine if girls were socialised to
believe that they could supply large chains
with items made at home?
One wonders why the government hasn't
put more infrastructure in place to en-
courage this type of business. Surely it will
benefit not only mothers and help build a
stronger family unit, it stands to encourage
arts and culture and help in diversification
I will try not to make this a political post,
so I will end with words of encouragement.
At the end of the month we will launch
CARE Parenting---The Magazine, and it
will feature the first of our moms that are
"Making it Work."
Every month we will tell a story of moth-
ers working from home. We will get to see
how many options and how many success
stories there are and hopefully we will be
inspired to dream past what we've been
taught to accept as the norm. We will see
just how possible it is to earn an income
doing things we love, from home, flexibly
around those we love.
If you haven't yet visited us on social me-
dia be sure to check us out #careparenting
for lots of tips on how to get through this
Adventure Called Parenting.
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Jasmine Reyes looks at her bedridden son
Randy Reyes at their HDC apartment,
Tower D, East Grove Valsayn,
on Sunday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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