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P.O.S PARK & RIDE
Queen's Park Savannah
Last Christmas, the story of a Ste
Madeleine man and his son living in
a tent inside their burnt-out home
touched the hearts of many T&T
Promises were made by government
agencies to rebuild their home.
However, a year later, Allan Maloney
and his son Daniel are still huddled in
the same fire-ravaged house waiting
for the help they were promised.
"I don t know what to say. I just fed
up. I don t know what to tell my son
any more. If somebody told me a year
ago that another Christmas would meet
us I wouldn t have believed them. I
can t believe this thing," said a despon-
Saturday made it a year since fire
destroyed their home at 78 Manaham-
"I was asked if I wanted a house
(HDC) or if I wanted to rebuild here.
I should ah tell them I want a house
because look how long and nothing
happening," he said when the T&T
Guardian visited him.
Maloney and his son are living
under the same conditions of a year
ago. The only difference is that Unem-
ployment Relief Programme (URP)
workers cleared out the rubble and
they are sleeping on a bed. When a
news team from the T&T Guardian
visited the burnt-out structure, the
room was dark, had a clammy atmos-
phere and gave off a musty odour.
There is no water, electricity,
bathroom or toilet.
In spite of their wretched living
conditions, Daniel is flourishing,
says his father.
"He really doing good in school.
When he got a rash and had to
stay home for about two weeks,
he cry to go to school."
Cuddling a kitten named Fur,
given to him by his teacher, Daniel
said his bed gets wet when it rains.
"The water runs down from the
wall and wet the edge of the bed,"
the father explained.
With no stove or fridge, Maloney
said he sometimes goes by a neigh-
bour and cooks.
"Sometimes he eat Chinese. He
don t eat much," he said of his son.
He has also applied for a food
card but says he is getting the
Anyone willing to help can con-
tact Maloney at 379-8711.
Maloney and his son lost all their
belongings when the fire gutted
their two-storey home. When his
plight was highlighted last Decem-
ber, good Samaritans came to their
rescue, paying for them to stay at
Kapok Hotel in Port-of-Spain for
Then soca singer Fay-Ann
Lyons-Alvarez stepped in. She paid
for them to stay in an apartment
for two months.
It was expected that their house
would have been rebuilt by then.
In February, the two-month rental
agreement expired and Maloney
and his son returned to the burnt-
Why has nothing changed?
The National Commission for
Self Help provided construction
materials through a $20,000 grant,
after delays with paperwork.
The URP promised to provide
labour to rebuild the house.
Maloney, 55, a fridge and stove
repairman, said he felt relieved
when he saw materials being
When the URP told him work-
men were coming to start con-
struction, Maloney said he and his
son stayed by a neighbour for a
few days. But no work was done
and thieves stole the aluminium
door frame and doorknobs.
As for the rest of the materials,
he said: "Most of the gravel and
sand wash away now, the cement
get hard, the nails rusty. The gal-
vanise good still. I don t know what
The T&T Guardian was told ini-
tially by URP Princes Town region-
al manager Indira Katwaroo that
scaffolding was needed. But then
Stork Technical Services donated
the scaffolding and left it there for
months. The T&T Guardian was
then told that URP could not start
work because no bricks were pro-
Self Help chairman Surujdeo
Mangaroo said the list of materials
submitted to the commission, did
not include bricks and the $20,000
grant had already been spent.
However, Mangaroo said yes-
terday he organised the bricks, but
the problem is that they cannot
get in contact with Maloney for
"The hardware will not drop it
off unless he signs for it. Mr Kevin
Williams went by the gentleman
on two occasions and he was not
there. And we cannot reach him
on the phone number we have on
our system," he added.
Still living in burnt-out house a year after...
Another bleak Christmas for
Ste Madeleine father and son
Alan Maloney and his son, Daniel,
stand in their burnt-out home in Ste
Madeleine on Sunday, a year after it
was destroyed. PHOTOS: TONY HOWELL
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