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BWA lifeline for St Philip family

Days after losing their sole breadwinner, the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) has stepped in and offered a much-needed lifeline to the family of the late Melissa Eastmond.

The 27-year-old mother of three – including two-year-old twin boys Jaylen and Jayden and their nine-month-old sister Jelissa –  died suddenly on Tuesday afternoon after telling her relatives that she felt tired and was going to take a rest.

The late Melissa Eastmond

The late Melissa Eastmond

In response to a Barbados TODAY report on the situation,  BWA Corporate Communications Specialist Joy-ann Haigh visited the family’s Work Hall, St Philip home this morning to inform them that,”based on the unusual circumstances and the fact that they had lost their sole breadwinner”, the BWA had agreed to immediately write off their outstanding debt and to restore water to the grieving family.


BWA Corporate Communications Specialist Joy-ann Haigh holding nine-month-old Jelissa.

Haigh pointed out that just before Melissa’s death she had signed an agreement with the Authority to pay off the water arrears in installments, which is no longer possible.  A relieved Cora Eastmond, mother of the deceased, said she was very grateful  to the BWA for the support.

Haigh, who made a personal donation to the family, also called on Corporate Barbados to come to the aid of the family.


17 Responses to BWA lifeline for St Philip family

  1. Merisa Jemmott
    Merisa Jemmott July 29, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Stress is de number one killer hear

  2. Merisa Jemmott
    Merisa Jemmott July 29, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Ppl trying to make ends meet wid all high prices an stressing out dem self an dying

    • Daniel Red Man Clarke
      Daniel Red Man Clarke July 29, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      I can truly relate to what you are saying. I’m a disabled person living on a small income and regular I sit down n study the important things that I need to do that I really can’t . It ain’t a easy feeling. My sympathy to this family and hopefully who can help will do so .

  3. Nashauny Armstrong
    Nashauny Armstrong July 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    God bless them all

  4. Minimusclecat Howard
    Minimusclecat Howard July 29, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    That is so nice

  5. Tamella Lowenfield
    Tamella Lowenfield July 29, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I love that water is life share it and save it love that more people please come on board

  6. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd July 29, 2016 at 12:27 pm
  7. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne July 29, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Congratulations, BWA, for responding to the Eastmond family’s cry for help.

  8. Alicia Sanderson
    Alicia Sanderson July 29, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Have faith father will work it out

  9. Karen July 29, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Excellent work team BWA and Ms. Haigh, we as individuals need to assist this family in what ever little ways we can.
    Three babies are involved they will need milk, pampers,vitamins etc. Let us all show and give love to this family during this sad time in their lives

  10. Alicia Sanderson
    Alicia Sanderson July 29, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    This was so nice of BWA blessed is you and all who donate father is watching your blessings sure

  11. Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryan July 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    This is great what the Bwa has done,but why not allow them the service free until they are in a better position to pay because they will run up another debt resulting in a disconnection

  12. Paula Angelbabe Harris
    Paula Angelbabe Harris July 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks to the BWA and Ms. Haigh excellent. God is good we need to give this family as much assistance as possible. Three babies are involved they will need necessities (milk, pampers etc). Let’s show and give love to this family. RIP to Melissa

  13. Tray Jamar Prince
    Tray Jamar Prince July 29, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Good work it shows some people still got a hart lord bless this family and ever step they make

  14. Cherry Amor
    Cherry Amor July 29, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you BWA for coming to the assistance of the Eastmond family.

  15. Lynette Ice-cream Rollock
    Lynette Ice-cream Rollock July 29, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Omg that girl were stress number one killer, thanks that the family getting help now.

  16. Stephen Yarde
    Stephen Yarde July 29, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks you BWA..there’s still some humanity left in some of us.


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