Home sweet home

President of Kiwanis Club Barbados Central Marilyn Patrick (left) smiling as Gail Browne turns the keys to her new home.
President of Kiwanis Club Barbados Central Marilyn Patrick (left) smiling as Gail Browne turns the keys to her new home.

Members of a St. Lucy family are simply “overjoyed” and breathing a sigh of relief after receiving the keys to a brand new three-bedroom house in Clinketts Gardens, St. Lucy.

Gail Browne who was left homeless when a 2011 fire ravaged her house, said that she was overwhelmed by the charity of the Kiwanis Club after her dire distress.

“The Kiwanis took up the project in sponsoring me the house and then things got better as I saw officially that it had started. At the moment I am overjoyed that I have actually made it,” Browne said.

“The challenge was finding immediate housing because we shifted from one place to the next and it was hard to settle. You know we were moving and with six children it was hard to find accommodation initially but we got help and things worked out.”

A smiling Browne, who spoke in a reflective tone, said that she believed the whole situation did affect her children but added she tried her best to reassure and shield them from what was actually happening.

“I talked to them and tried to keep them away from all the different things that were going on. I do not think they really understood what was happening because of all of that pressure that we took from off of them,” she said.

President of the Kiwanis Club of Barbados Central, Marilyn Patrick, said that the project was one of the largest they had undertaken and one which proved to be very successful.

Public Relations Officer, Dr. Delores Lewis, said the service organisation felt very proud on being able to help the family with the home.

“We are very pleased that we were able to bring the project to completion after about a year and three months. We got a lot of assistance from corporate Barbados in terms of materials to assist with building the home,” Lewis stated.

She added that the tragedy was first recognised by club member, Nigel Lucas, who was determined to assist the family by launching the project after the house was destroyed in October two years ago. (MR)

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