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Gasparillo family seeks urgent help
Six months ago a Gasparillo father took a loan to com-
plete renovations to his home to provide more com-
fortable living arrangements for his wife and four
Unfortunately, Septamous Guy, 40, and his family
are now homeless after a landslip which occurred fol-
lowing the heavy rains in October.
“I worked hard and I even take a loan to renovate this
place to make it comfortable for my family and look
what happened,” said Guy as he looked on helplessly
as the landslip gradually destroys his home at Caratal
Guy, a temporary worker at the San Fernando City
Corporation, has since sought refuge at his brother’s
home in Marabella, but it is over-crowded. However,
his family had to split up.
His two older sons, ages 11 and 13, from a previous re-
lationship are now staying with their mother while his
younger boys, ages six and three, and his wife are with
Guy said he built the three-bedroom wooden house,
which is on rented land, since 2014. Following the
heavy rains in October, Guy said the earth started to
shift from the 18.
“I was hearing cracks and noises in the house. On
October 20, the house post started moving and on Oc-
tober 21, the outside toilet and bathroom caved down,
as well as, the plum and mango trees.”
He said the councillor and officials from the Office of
Disaster Preparedness and Management visited them.
They brought groceries and two mattresses.
However, by 10 pm that same day Guy had to
pack up his family and seek shelter at his brother’s
home. He said he was offered a National Self Help
Commission grant, but he cannot accept it because his
house cannot be repaired on that land.
As she hugged their boys, his wife Phyllis Daniel
also pleaded for assistance.
“I feel hopeless. It hurts knowing that we had to leave
our home,” said Daniel.
While he is grateful to his brother for helping them,
Guy said his brother lives with his wife and 11 children
in a two-bedroom house.
“The conditions real cramped. We are sleeping on
the two mattress we get. There is no space,” he said.
His other sons who attend schools in Caratal Road
have not been to school since they left their home
because of the distance they have to travel.
He said he took a letter from his MP Dr Surujrattan
Rambachan to the Housing Development Corpora-
tion seeking assistance but has gotten no response as
yet. I cannot build back on that land, the land is of no
use now.” Guy is also faced with another problem —
thieves have been carting away items from the house.
Anyone interested in helping the family can con-
tact Guy at 272-7393.
Septamous Guy tries to prop up a beam of his house with a plank after
heavy rains caused the land to slip and undermine the foundation of his
house at Caratal Road, Gasparillo. Looking on are his wife Phyllis Daniel and
their two sons, Ricardo and Roger.
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