To mum Harriett’s rescue

Construction firm head offers $2,500 in vouchers

The chairman of a local construction company is stepping forward to assist a family in dire need, and whose plight was highlighted in yesterday’s edition of Barbados TODAY.

This morning Anthony DaSilva, of Innotech, visited Harriett Hackett, a mother of eight, who had appealed to the public for help with feeding, clothing and providing a better shelter for her children, after reading of her circumstance.

With him he took $2,500 worth in vouchers redeemable at any Massy Store so that Hackett and family could access food and other basic necessities. He also pledged his company would contact the Barbados Water Authority about paying off any outstanding bills for the My Lord’s Hill, St Michael property, and prepaying on Hackett account so it would not be a worry for the family in the immediate future.

Innotech chairman Anthony DaSilva  chatting with the needy Harriett Hackett  at her My Lord’s Hill home this morning.
Innotech chairman Anthony DaSilva chatting with the needy Harriett Hackett at her My Lord’s Hill home this morning.

“As far as I am concerned, water and food are two primary basis necessities,” DaSilva said.

“And if you have children in this house, it is not acceptable that they don’t have water or they don’t have food,” he told Barbados TODAY after meeting with the mother, who smiled when she received the vouchers and expressed her gratitude.

Innotech chairman Anthony DaSilva
Innotech chairman Anthony DaSilva

“The real issue here is the children; and it bothers me to think that eight children are living in such a cramped and difficult situation or scenario.

“The thing for me is what is the most urgent need, and I saw the fact that these children are probably suffering from not being properly fed, and I can’t imagine what it would be like to have children in a house without being able to feed them,” he added.

DaSilva also said that while he was aware that the house was in need of repairs, as the article indicated, he intended to address its state privately with the mother at a later date.

“I am in the business of construction and therefore it would not take a lot from us to change her life and to change the life of the children as it relates to the condition of this house and we intend to address it. And that’s not something I would want to have any publicity for.”

And as his Innotech spreads its wings to help the family, Da Silva is appealing to other companies to also offer a helping hand, especially as Government struggles to meet its overall objectives and social responsibilities.

He said this was not a unique situation and indicated that he was quite aware that there were a number of families in Barbados living under certain circumstances, explaining that his company had received daily requests to help people.

“I would challenge or encourage any company or anybody in Barbados who is able to help, to help those who are less fortunate, especially those at the very bottom where children are not being fed properly, getting basic nutrition, getting proper accommodation or the basic requirements of life.”

And for any critics who may have views on Hackett’s circumstances, DaSilva defended that it did not matter how she got there, but rather what could be done to change the lives of her offspring.

Meanwhile, other Barbadians have been calling Barbados TODAY’S Warrens offices stating their willingness to help the family in different ways.

14 Responses to To mum Harriett’s rescue

  1. Dawn-Lisa Callender-Smith
    Dawn-Lisa Callender-Smith March 19, 2015 at 12:29 am

    You Go Dasilva! Proud of you. This family really needs your help.

  2. Michael Cadogan
    Michael Cadogan March 19, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Respect to Mr DaSilva…..this is what the world needs right now (Love)

  3. Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams March 19, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Anybody gine draw fuh dem race card now? Ya see what i mean? We are all one, and whether we white black or pink, we guarantee success when we work together…….I may not agree with all the decisions this lady made, but the fact is she needs help- One dollar from 10,000 bajans is $10,000 dollars- The minute we set aside our hate for ourselves and each other, is the minute we will realize that soon, no family in bim will ever have to approach the newspapers for help, they would already have that since we look out for each other.

    Great move, Mr. Dasilva.

    • Vishska Bokeesh
      Vishska Bokeesh March 19, 2015 at 2:05 am
    • Olutoye Walrond June 24, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Ryan, I hope you realize the only one drawing de race card is you. Why could you not just let the kind deed done by this man stand for what it is: an act of love from one human to another?

      If we continue to translate everything into racial terms we will never rid ourselves of this plague.

  4. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince March 19, 2015 at 1:03 am


  5. Andrew The Voice March 19, 2015 at 2:02 am

    May god bless this man.
    Barbadians please step forward and help this family. They need you now.

  6. Ron March 19, 2015 at 7:40 am

    while its admirable to see people willing to still help in these hard times I believe that these are temporary solutions to the problem, what she needs is a job to sustain her family’s needs.

  7. Janice Clarke March 19, 2015 at 7:54 am

    I would love to help the 5yr old..i get mess up when children goes hungry

  8. Orville Hall March 19, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Some of Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – the basics. Kudos to Innotech for stepping up and helping out. Hope others will do the same.

  9. Tracey March 19, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you Mr DaSilva

  10. Nia March 19, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    This one goes to all those persons who were judging this woman for her mistakes . I have kids to and this made me shed some tears . May God continue to bless Dasilva so he can bless others. Love you Dasilva this is just an example of what love and caring for people means hope ppl will follow in your footsteps .

  11. valarie March 19, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    thank to him he didn’t want to no how she get children he came forward them children gone make her happy

  12. Joanne March 20, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Thank you Mr. DaSilva and whomever else that had a part in making the decision to help. Sorry Ron, but whether it is temporary or not, at least the children are not hungry this week. You must have never went truly hungry! Maybe his action can buy time for permanent solutions to get in place, or maybe it will change the cycle of that particular family when the children get old enough to do for themselves and they have this experience to draw on that they were given a helping hand. ALso, thank you


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