RDC aware of elderly couple’s plight

The Rural Development Commission (RDC) has confirmed that it is aware of the plight of an elderly St John’s couple.

Wilson and Louise Yearwood have been living in a dilapidated government–sponsored home for more than 15 years.

In an article published on March 2, Barbados TODAY highlighted the elderly couple’s predicament. The one–bedroom wooden structure, which is in urgent need of repair, stands in Clifton Hall, St John, with holes in the roof and evidence of rodents in the environs.

Following the publication of the article, a press release was issued by the RDC, which confirmed that 75–year–old Louise Yearwood was indeed one of their clients.

Acting Director, Randolph Outram indicated that the RDC had previously done repairs to the house and Yearwood did return for additional assistance.

However, as it relates to repairing the deteriorating home, the RDC acting director did not specify when repairs will commence or if a site visit will be conducted.

“The RDC will endeavour to render that assistance as soon as it is in a position to do so,” Outram said.

21 Responses to RDC aware of elderly couple’s plight

  1. Kirt Jordan
    Kirt Jordan March 4, 2017 at 9:54 am

    What good is awareness if there is no action?

  2. RHB March 4, 2017 at 9:58 am

    “The RDC will endeavour to render that assistance as soon as it is in a position to do so” – typical response of a government entity today. Never-never land!

  3. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett March 4, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Only when these things are expose,action takes place….maybe I have to go to the nation and see if I would get my injury benefit from nis since 2015

  4. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce March 4, 2017 at 10:18 am

    RDC should be ashamed then!!!!

  5. Sunil Brome
    Sunil Brome March 4, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Aware? It would be better to say they were not. How can they be aware and this is still the state of their living condition? What has awareness acheived. Use one of the many empty housed built and help these people.

  6. Adam Tyler Mallett
    Adam Tyler Mallett March 4, 2017 at 11:19 am


  7. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea March 4, 2017 at 11:30 am


  8. Jennifer March 4, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    @Sandra – What you need to understand is that in Barbados there is only 2 paces SLOW and STOP.

  9. Ashlee Nicholle
    Ashlee Nicholle March 4, 2017 at 1:31 pm


  10. Outside March 4, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    The government department that supposed to be looking out for good and welfare of our senior citizens of barbados should be ashame and I mean ashamed for not doing what they are getting paid to do,it really do hope that the proper authority stand up and do something about this that they have going on pertaining to our seniors of barbados

  11. Peter March 4, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I left a plan to help these and all senior folks in Barbados who have no one and who are in dire need. I named it BERP – Barbados Elderly Relief Program. Basically, it is calling on ALL businesses, Professionals, Service clubs and organizations, including caring people who can afford it to pledge one single dollar a day or $30.00 a month which can be coordinated and used to restore all the homes of elderly people only to have safe, healthy and comfortable living conditions before they are called to the great beyond. BT can easily republish it.

  12. Reds Lucombe
    Reds Lucombe March 4, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Aware and doing nothing rdh should be shame how could you come to work and not see this case on your desk ..Good thing they are not homeless..help seems to mean beg i guess..all these ppl do is listen because they are not deaf come next Friday and the next Friday this couple will be same condition govt stinks

  13. Avis H March 4, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    When will Barbados enter into the twenty first century ? We are only a small island which makes it possible to get from one end to the other within a day. Why then does it take so long to get a return visit from anyone. Lack of care and concern for others can only be the reason.” I am alright jack” attitude has to stop. My heart bleed for the elderly and disabled. Government departments are not the only ones lacking. The community as a whole need to act to safeguard the vulnerable. Act now!!

  14. Vanessa Pendle
    Vanessa Pendle March 4, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    They have a middle aged child as descibed in the article, if she isn’t willing to help why must the state? What can the state do for someone that their family can’t do? If the state help you in the UK your house will be taken.

  15. Mikey March 4, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    @Vanessa Pendle,,, What has this got to do with the UK ?
    Can the middle age child do anything for herself ?
    What kind of UK heart do you have ?

    Barbados stopped being “Little England” 50 years ago !!!

    • Jennifer March 4, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      @Mikey – Are you sure???? I think we very much are still little England. Just look very closely at the things they do. I call Barbados a CLONED nation. Everything going on there they bring it here and implement it. Mind you we have to in order to be found worthy and to compete in their world.

  16. Peter March 4, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Forget the middle aged child. What goes around comes around. If you believe in Karma, then that child will reap her rewards. Aparently the suffering folks sit on a magnificent view to the Atlantic. If that child has a business aptitude, she would remove her parents to a comfortable location, restructure and rr build a stronger resort villa type home and either rent out or sell it. She can walk away with five or ten thousand dollars perhaps even more. or settle for a cool three or four million UAS dollare for the property. She won’t lose. all she needa to do is think. Her folks are in the departure lounge and they won’t be taking anything with them. I an sure she may have a child or children who will benefit. Blessing from their grandparents.

  17. Ejd March 4, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    The government owns hundreds of unoccupied houses. Put them in one immediately.

  18. Ego March 4, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    These people have given their sweat and blood to help Barbados become what it is today and it is up to us to look after our seniors. Stop being aware and act. They are not getting any youngerY

  19. hcalndre March 5, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Is St. John not the DLP choice of the people from as far back as Errol Barrow?

  20. Peter March 5, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Mara Thompson is riding on the legacy of her late England born Barbadian dead husband who became Prime Minister. St. John folks are easy to ride. She knows not that this situation exists because she cares not. Go ahead St. John vote she in again and suffer the repercussions .Everyone knows you all are so brain dead You are going to vote for her again. We know you will not do any thing different. Perhaps Owen was right when he criticized her appointment. Remember? he tried to assassinate her inexperienced (like Trump) St. Lucian character. Some in the crowd called him a male chauvinist. Deal with St. John, deal with that Barbados.


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