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More women and children homeless – Saffery

In what it described as a shocking development, the local charity which provides rehabilitative housing programme for some of the country’s vagrants is reporting an increase in the number of homeless women and children.

The Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society (BVHS) is blaming the state of the economy for the rise, revealing today that many of the women who sought assistance “have been affected by the retrenchment”.

From left, Marketing Officer of Unicomer (Courts) Tisha D’hayle and President of The Barbados Homeless and Vagrant Society Kemar Saffery.

From left, Marketing Officer of Unicomer (Courts) Tisha D’hayle and President of The Barbados Homeless and Vagrant Society Kemar Saffery.

“The Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society has seen an increase in the amount of women with children coming to the organization for help,” BVHS President Kemar Saffery said Wednesday at a press conference at the society’s headquarters on Tudor Street, the City.

The organization has collaborated with Courts and the Sandy Layne Charitable Trust to open a shelter to house six women and their children.

Saffery said the shelter was funded by the Sandy Layne Charitable Trust and furnished by Courts.

The project, which was launched just about a month ago, has already received it first tenants, with four women and their children moving in.

Tisha D’hayle, Marketing Officer of Unicomer (Barbados) Ltd, which trades as Courts, said her company was quick to support the cause by providing basic needs such as fridges, stoves and washing machines, and “it was handled with the utmost discretion”.

Courts already has a special relationship with the society as the company participates in the monthly feeding programmes.   

Meantime, Saffery is appealing to corporate Barbados and the public at large to continue to support the society “so that women and children will not be on the street”.

“Children on the street poses a serious problem,” he said.

Source: (KB)

2 Responses to More women and children homeless – Saffery

  1. Donna Harewood August 25, 2016 at 8:57 am

    This is a good work you are doing, sir. More power to you!

  2. ch August 26, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Very good initiative.
    Is it also possible that some of the under-populated children’s homes and unused Government buildings can be converted to family homes for temporary residence for displaced women and children for at least one year to get those women on their feet?
    Make it as sustainable and self-sufficient as possible by residents planting food, raising livestock and teaching those women to cook and sew for themselves and their children and do basic home maintenance like painting
    Give the mothers some kind of counselling, family planning and skills training to become empowered and self- employed in non-traditional areas of demand.
    Don’t just give the fish-cutter. Teach them to fish and bake the salt bread- or they will always be hungry with their hands out.


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