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Assistance for hearing impaired girl

A local businessman who came forward this week to fund an interpreter to sign lessons for a hearing-impaired student at St George Secondary School is pleading with authorities not to cut expenditure in critical areas.

Yesterday, businessman Peter Boos met with Nikita Chandler, a 17-year-old hearing-impaired student who has not been taught since the new school term began because of the absence of a dedicated interpreter at the institution to assist her after the Ministry of Education informed her mother Cheryl Chandler that it could no longer afford to fund the service.

From left, interpreter Tony Husbands, Cherly Chandler, Nikita Chandler and Johnathan Chandler.

From left, interpreter Tony Husbands, Cherly Chandler, Nikita Chandler and Johnathan Chandler.

He made a pledge to Nikita, her family and the school’s management that he would commit to paying an interpreter for the remainder of this school term and providing that he is satisfied with the outcome, he would continue for the remainder of the school year.

Boos, who signaled that he was also interested in Nikita’s future told Barbados TODAY this evening that he would use his connections and resources locally and abroad to assist her further.

“When I read the story, the feeling I had was this is not right. This is very unfortunate that if the country is going through a bad economic time, it is people who already have enough to deal with in life that we should protect in a way. We have to protect people who are the poorest and cannot help themselves essentially. This young lady has a hearing impairment why would we cut this service for her?”

Boos said that he was not looking at Nikita’s plight from a political point of view, but rather one which questioned “what we value in our communities and which show us that we have to work together as a country and as a community to find solutions”.

“I provided a solution for this one child but there will be a lot of others who are not being helped because we don’t know about them. It is very good of Barbados TODAY to publish this story [in its October 13 evening edition]. As a country we seem to have lost our sense of values and what we really care about. We spend money on fetes and all kind of things we do not need.

“We have to get our values straight and focus on what is important to us as a country. This is not what a Christian society is about.We are our brother’s keeper and at the end of the day we have to live that and not spout it on the pulpit,” he stressed.

Boos said he was nothing but impressed from the interaction he had with the student.

“I met her and she is such a bright, young lady and she was cheerful and full of smiles.”

Meanwhile, Nikita’s mother said her family was grateful to Boos for his kindheartedness.

“We want to thank him 100 per cent for coming forward and giving his assistance. We have been waiting long for this. Nikita is happy because she knows this is her final year at school, she wants to do CXCs and she is getting help. I haven’t seen her face light up since she went back to school. I know that she will not disappoint him.”

Interpreter Tony Husbands who was also present at the meeting, is expected to start class with Nikita on Monday.

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16 Responses to Assistance for hearing impaired girl

  1. Judy Stanford
    Judy Stanford October 17, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Glad to hear such a GOOD NEWS story.

  2. Julia Robinson
    Julia Robinson October 17, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    This is what I am talking about! We have to be our brothers/sisters keeper and stop being so selfish and looking to Government for everything. Now only if the Ministry of Education would respond to my letter which was sent to them weeks ago more children in need would get help.

  3. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul October 17, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Well done Peter Boos. This is truly a wonderful thing you have done for this family.

  4. Andrea BajanfromEaglehall Rock
    Andrea BajanfromEaglehall Rock October 17, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you for stepping up! The govt of Barbados should be ashame!!!!

  5. Randolph Sobers
    Randolph Sobers October 17, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Praise the Lord

  6. Rickie Brown
    Rickie Brown October 17, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    so good to read about this, have a best rest pf the year with your studies

  7. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway October 17, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    This is fantastic , thank you Mr Peter Boos . The government cannot expect ordinary Barbadians to fill the gaps it has created. It should be providing help to all students of needs in their formative school years otherwise they will limit their ability to be productive citizens and payback for the next generation. What an example

  8. Steve Hollingsworth
    Steve Hollingsworth October 17, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Well done, Mr Boos. Thank you for showing that there are still kind hearted people out there who are willing to assist a just cause. May she excel at her studies and make us all proud.

  9. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock October 17, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    You’re the type of people we expect, good job sir!

  10. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock October 17, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Now young lady, make the best of this opportunity.

  11. Jacinta Lashley
    Jacinta Lashley October 18, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Giving back to the very people who supported your business is an admirable quality. We ought to see more like it on a regular. Be blessed young lady and make your family proud.

  12. Ju Ju
    Ju Ju October 18, 2014 at 12:47 am

    So glad someone did the right thing. Kudos to you sir! It is indeed a shame that the Ministry of Education could not find it within their means to correct this themselves!

  13. Sherry October 18, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Well done, keep up the good work.

  14. Dark Sugar October 18, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you, Mr Boos for your kind assistance. Young lady please remain focus on your studies and make much of the opportunities given. God bless you all

  15. Mark Walkes October 19, 2014 at 2:31 am

    This is the Barbados I am proud of. To see such individual acts of kindness and a true desire to see a brother or sister succeed is admirable. Mr Boos, you could have read the story like us all and moved on with your life, but it has evidently had an impact and you are in a position to assist and you have.

    The island should be very proud of you. Hope this young lady can now make the island proud. Really pleased for her and her family.

  16. temptress October 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    This act of kindness brings tears to the eyes


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