Cries answered

Elderly couple feel ‘like a million dollars’ in new home

The cries for help from an elderly couple living in deplorable conditions have been answered, and Wilson and Louise Yearwood can expect to be in a pristine, new home by Friday March 17, thanks to the charitable efforts of the concerned locals and students and staff of the Codrington International School.

In an article published on March 2, Barbados TODAY exposed the squalid state in which the the 66-year-old Wilson and his 75-year-old wife Louise were living in Clifton Hall, St John.

Their one bedroom, wooden house barely stood at the edge of the Clifton Hall slope, overlooking the breath-taking crystal blue waters of Martins Bay, St John; the roof of the Government-owned structure was littered with gaping holes and was in desperate need of repair, with rusting galvanize and terrible leaks; and in the kitchen, Wilson has constructed a makeshift tap on top of a self-made wooden countertop, and next to it was a rusting unusable stove.

Louise and Wilson Yearwood pose outside their Clifton Hall, St John home.
Labourers painting the roof of the kitchen which was previously filled with holes.

The dirty floors had also revealed evidence of rodents, and buckets had been placed throughout the home in a desperate attempt to catch water leaking through the roof that was supposed to help keep the family dry.

Barely able to afford their necessities on his medically unfit cheques and his wife’s pension, the 66-year-old had pleaded for assistance, and the couple’s plight did not go unnoticed as Principal of Codrington International School Darryl Brown paid them a visit and promptly set the wheels in motion to rebuild the crumbling house.

When Barbados TODAY paid a second visit to the retired couple today, they were all smiles with high expectations as labourers were painting their new roof and rebuilding their living room.

The grime, dirt and moss algae which had blackened their bathroom walls was now gone following an industrially cleaning.

Overseeing the reconstruction, foreman Randal Medford indicated that the roof had been replaced, and so had the sides of the wooden structure, while the entire bathroom was rebuilt.

Recounting his initial reaction when he first saw the Yearwood residence, Medford said, “It was in a deplorable state, it would have scrawled your skin to touch it”.

From March 6, Medford and his team commenced construction of the dilapidated house, beginning by throwing away the debris and aging items into a skip. At present, there is a lot left to be done as, as the pensioners will need new furniture and household items when the renovations have been completed.

Speaking from his daughter’s residence, where he is staying while the repairs are ongoing, Wilson said he was overwhelmed at the charitable contributions made by concerned citizens.

“I feel more than a million dollars to know that when I move in there I know I can’t get wet, I will know that everything will be safe and good; even getting new doors, because it will lock – the door before it didn’t lock – and so I am glad and thankful,” he told Barbados TODAY.

“I want to thank all the people who helped, who assisted and who is about to assist. I want to thank them very much,” he stressed.

95 Responses to Cries answered

  1. Elma Williams
    Elma Williams March 14, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Bless God

  2. Sharon Gumbs
    Sharon Gumbs March 14, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Best wishes to the Yearwoods!

  3. Tony Corbin
    Tony Corbin March 14, 2017 at 2:18 am

    All hail Mr Medford and his crew , and especially Codrington International School !!!! God Bless your kindness and efforts

  4. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie March 14, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Well done

  5. michael parker (england) March 14, 2017 at 3:32 am

    nice to hear a truly good story from barbados it shows there are still good and caring people around to let Louise and Wilson live out there later years in a comfortable enviroment,well done to all those cconcerned.

  6. Melissa Aspirations Christophis
    Melissa Aspirations Christophis March 14, 2017 at 3:38 am

  7. Mac March 14, 2017 at 4:22 am

    According to this report this is a government owned house.

    • Wayne March 14, 2017 at 8:54 am

      So ,what’s your point?

    • Corletta March 15, 2017 at 7:36 am

      Thought crossed my mind too Mac

  8. Elaine Debrain
    Elaine Debrain March 14, 2017 at 4:32 am

    Why do people have to cry out to get help when people see the state you’re in everyday

  9. Linda Muir March 14, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Angels walk among us once again. Bless.

  10. Marc Goodridge
    Marc Goodridge March 14, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Judi Goodridge

  11. Kaie Cox
    Kaie Cox March 14, 2017 at 4:46 am

    ,Many thanks to Mr Medford and his crew, you have done a wonderful thing, God bless you

  12. Kathleen Straughn
    Kathleen Straughn March 14, 2017 at 4:51 am

    God’s blessing on Medford and company I’m Glad for that couple

  13. Nutty Sundae
    Nutty Sundae March 14, 2017 at 4:54 am

    This is good news
    Kudos to the Codrington Intl School

  14. Mia Allone
    Mia Allone March 14, 2017 at 5:06 am

    sooooo…..when dem did crying out part de daughter was ?

    • Danielle Broome
      Danielle Broome March 14, 2017 at 6:41 am

      Before you start to judge come and see for your self ..smh

    • Mia Allone
      Mia Allone March 14, 2017 at 6:58 am

      do you not see the question mark ? know the difference between a question and judgement !

    • MsMari Lawrence
      MsMari Lawrence March 14, 2017 at 7:31 am

      The previous article did mention the daughter was not in a position to help with repairs but assisted where she could .

    • Mia Allone
      Mia Allone March 14, 2017 at 7:43 am

      MsMari Lawrence didn`t see that one … but thanks for the info …

    • Jennifer March 14, 2017 at 8:05 am

      @Mia Allone – ok then!!!!!!

    • MsMari Lawrence
      MsMari Lawrence March 14, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Your welcome

  15. Jasmine March 14, 2017 at 5:16 am

    God bless you. You are growing up well and will certainly do Barbados proud as future leaders. You have good initiative and compassion. You should be given National Awards.

  16. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde March 14, 2017 at 5:22 am


  17. Sugar Gal
    Sugar Gal March 14, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Thank to god

  18. Reds Lucombe
    Reds Lucombe March 14, 2017 at 5:43 am

    See who gave assistance no government agency but a school

  19. Bradg March 14, 2017 at 5:44 am

    This is great news. There are still good people around.

  20. Watchful Warrior March 14, 2017 at 5:47 am

    I am going to ask the media to stop referring to me a citizen of Barbados as a local…from today onwards when Barbados’s citizens help each other please refer to us as Barbadians ….
    Well done my fellow Barbadians

  21. Dawn Boxill
    Dawn Boxill March 14, 2017 at 5:49 am

    It is called community at work. Government cannot do it all. We are our brothers keeper.

  22. Jennifer March 14, 2017 at 5:52 am

    As I recall there were two other people in the paper who was in a similar position too.

  23. Elle Tee
    Elle Tee March 14, 2017 at 6:05 am

  24. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor March 14, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Nothing beats help from the community…. Big up Codrington International School and anyone else from the community that has pitched in…. Glad the daughter was able to put up her parents while the repairs are going on…. Every little effort in this endeavour should be lauded…. Hope many more communities can help their own!

    • Jennifer March 14, 2017 at 6:41 am

      @Sharon Taylor – Well said, especially the last sentence.

  25. Sherry-ann Mayers
    Sherry-ann Mayers March 14, 2017 at 6:17 am

    This is what am talking about,great news,can’t wait on the government ,these people can soon sleep comfortable at nights ,pulling up Barbados one day at a time ,one action at a time,love

    • Elaine Vanhuis
      Elaine Vanhuis March 14, 2017 at 8:06 am

      who is the government, where does the government get its money from. Something is wrong when we just depend upon the government. Power is with the people.

  26. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks March 14, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Thanks to the Codrington high school and all who gave assistance. This is what we call giving back.

  27. Molseen Mulzac
    Molseen Mulzac March 14, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Thank God

  28. Mhizzeyejoyful Reece
    Mhizzeyejoyful Reece March 14, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Well done

  29. Valerie Doleman
    Valerie Doleman March 14, 2017 at 6:43 am

    So pleased its being sorted. Bless them. Xxx

  30. Nicky Dean
    Nicky Dean March 14, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Thank you jesus

  31. Black Ceaser
    Black Ceaser March 14, 2017 at 6:48 am

    The power of the media. Great job.

  32. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty March 14, 2017 at 6:52 am

    I often question the motive of those persons who claim to help those that are less fortunate, when such help is plastered all over social media. Nevertheless, it is called voluntaryism and it ought to be encourage amongst the younger generation in an effort to teach them the work ethic. Now, didn’t John F. Kennedy said it long ago: ” Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country?”

  33. Dr. Paula Estwick
    Dr. Paula Estwick March 14, 2017 at 7:01 am

    I love to see when private institutions give back to their communities! I applaud the locals and The Codrington School, The International School of Barbados for answering the Yearwoods cries. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” ~Muhammad Ali

  34. Annie March 14, 2017 at 7:02 am

    All is not lost. Barbadians are still a kind hearted people. Thanks and congratulations to all who made their home liveable.

  35. Jade March 14, 2017 at 7:07 am

    As per the article before, it stated that the daughter house was full, and this cannot be a government house anymore, cause the previous house was demolish, these people work and made a way and this is house the government treat them.

    • Jennifer March 14, 2017 at 9:25 am

      @Jade – Not sure what you mean by the previous house was pull down???? If you look closely at the repairs of the house in the picture you will see old boards placed with new ones. As far as I know it, according to the law, if you pull off a board and put on one the house will still concern the true owner. Whether government owned, private etc.

  36. MsEmpress Slimz March 14, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Thank God for Barbados Today. Keep up the good work.

  37. Philip Clement
    Philip Clement March 14, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I know they were still some kind hearted people out there… Don’t know the elderly couple but thank you.

  38. freeagent March 14, 2017 at 7:32 am

    God’s blessings on all who assisted this lovely couple. Why did their plight have to be highlighted in the newspapers? Where were their relatives, neighbours and friends? Even if they could not have assisted with the repairs they could at least have cleaned the premises.
    As the old people used to say, “wha en ketch yuh en pass yuh”.

  39. Gale Gibbons
    Gale Gibbons March 14, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Bless God ,let’s continue to be our brother’s keeper,well done !

  40. Alana B March 14, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I am overjoyed to know of the effort of kind people. Thank you all for your kindness towards Mr. and Mrs. Yearwood. Let the love continue in Barbados. Wonderful news.

  41. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith March 14, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Amen to the Coddington school the international school of barbados

  42. June D Gilkes
    June D Gilkes March 14, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Randall I am proud of you

  43. Andrea Young
    Andrea Young March 14, 2017 at 7:52 am

    I love it. This is how we should live…being our brothers keeper

  44. William March 14, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Congratulations to Codrington School for stepping up and lending a helping hand to those in need in there neighborhood.

  45. Elaine Vanhuis
    Elaine Vanhuis March 14, 2017 at 8:04 am


  46. Ingrid Bynoe
    Ingrid Bynoe March 14, 2017 at 8:06 am

    For all those who have contributed and assisted I pray God’s richest and abundant blessings. Happy for that family.

  47. Maria Jones
    Maria Jones March 14, 2017 at 8:06 am


  48. kathy-Ann Clarke March 14, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Amen and Amen. I am so glad help came along for them. They will be more comfortable.

  49. gsmiley March 14, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Mia Allone in an earlier report Mr. Wilson said that their daughter was unable to assist. We don’t know her position.

    Anyway good work by Codrington.


  50. Wendy Odle-Harvey
    Wendy Odle-Harvey March 14, 2017 at 8:32 am

    That’s it and thank God for the principal of the Coddington International School and construction workers and all those who contributed in any way. May God’s blessings continue to follow you. Enjoy your restructured home Mr and Mrs Yearwood.

  51. gsmiley March 14, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Mr. Yearwood not Wilson.*

  52. Ella De generes March 14, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I leave tnis scenario with you. Two yeas ago a friend of mine told me about this nice elderly couple in his neighbourhood whom he helped as he assumed they had no children. He always felt so badly for them and tried to help any way he could. Both got sick and eventually passed away. The old man first and then his wife. Miraculously even before the funeral the younger relatives he had never ever seen came and cleaned up the house and the land and eventually moved in. His question was where were these people when the elderly couple needed help. When the old lady needed help lifting her husband and taking care of them. Too many people forget that even though they may not ask for help from their relatives you still have to step up and do the right thing and dont always wait for government.

  53. Sheron Inniss March 14, 2017 at 9:08 am

    I am happy for the couple. However, where was the daughter before the help came?

  54. Sonia Trotman
    Sonia Trotman March 14, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Our.bother keepers thanks all WHO helped

  55. Shereace Webster
    Shereace Webster March 14, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Well done Codrington International School.

  56. Lorna Simmons
    Lorna Simmons March 14, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Thanks for the hearts and hands that came to the rescue. Please consider a program “Helping Seniors”

  57. Randolph March 14, 2017 at 9:31 am

    This is an indictment on this Government and the parliamentary representative.But commendable work by those private citizens.

    • Jennifer March 14, 2017 at 9:44 am

      @Randolph – hail, hail. Then you will have to get ALL of the government ministers and representatives indicted. Because there are many people all across Barbados in this same situation. As I recall, two weeks before this case was published a woman who found her neighbor dropped into a hole in the house as the flooring had dropped in, the house was so much in a dilapidated state. Then there was another case with an elderly woman having 7 children who was also in a really bad state, not far from living under rubble. With the government or family doing nothing. But one thing I must comment on is the way the white community supports their own. Well done to you.

      • Jennifer March 14, 2017 at 9:47 am

        This is why I keep saying. these governments are not for the poor at all. Just a bunch of pundits with their yard fowls trailing behind.

        • Jennifer March 14, 2017 at 9:50 am

          As my sweet commentator once said (he knows who he is), just looking for scratch grain.

  58. Donild Trimp March 14, 2017 at 9:42 am

    I did my two cents worth.

    The politician who represents this elderly couple knew about their plight and did nothing.

    Good work BT for highlighting the story.

    Thanks to my friend in Germany for answering the call.

  59. st johnbajan in London March 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Hope they don’t vote for messers “T”

  60. Ossie Moore March 14, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Thanks very much to the students and staff of the Codrington International School for coming to the assistance of these
    very unfortunate folks who were living in poverty . And already the bajan Religions extremists are all giving thanks to God for helping these folks , but It seems as thought God only helps non black bajans even though God receives daily prayers from many black folks who need assistance also.
    How come the students and staff of the Codrington International School never thought of helping the other poor black bajans that have been mercifully begging for help for years and months now. And already the bajan religious extremists are all jumping on the band wagon giving prayers to the Holy father for immediately helping the white folks.
    Help has come from as far as Germany and this just goes to show how the world responds when white folks are in need. Just last week I saw in the media where the Marshals were evicting a black bajan family from their home but did anyone come to their assistance ? NO . . not even God sent anyone to help them but God did immediately send immediate assistance for the non black
    folks. The quickest way to fool Black Bajans is to mention the word religion.
    A white bajan goes missing and the world joins in the search , a white family is in need and the whole world responds.

    • Jennifer March 14, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Ossie – As I said below, well done to you. And you know what many so called black bajans will turn a blind eye to all of this too. The brainwashing is so great. This is why I do not care how much racist people call Mr Trump, I have a great distaste for carpet behavior. Once you are open and truthful on these issues which still very much affect my people, you will get my attention any day and I will have nuff respect for you. We need some Kudos for blacks in need too.

    • Jennifer March 14, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Ossie – The understanding of this god syndrome is confusing for many. However I know what you are saying. The bible is a NOT a religious book and it is currently on track. Believe it or not. The bible is actually a history book about a race of people who will be sold by their enemies by lot and scattered towards the 4 corners of the earth. Google the passage of the transatlantic slave trade. A lot of this people behavior is actually wired into their DNA. Read about ESAU and JACOB. Especially the children and grand children of ESAU.

  61. Heather Straker March 14, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Kudos to the help line from Coddington College …this couple sure needed your help….and they are benefiting from it today! I feel much better for the Medford. ..sweet couple !
    I know their plight is not the only one happening in their area….do you think more folks Wil be helped out ?
    I hope more folks will step up to the bat and help them too.
    Barbadian’s will rally round…huh Willie Kerr, John “Shtupps” Roett ….
    Best of luck….to all who need
    Some help !

  62. Donild Trimp March 14, 2017 at 11:15 am

    @Ossie Moore: “a white family is in need and the whole world responds”

    You come over as being so hateful and ignorant.

    Why bring race into this?

    Is the politician who represent these people racist?

    This politician knew about the deplorable conditions these people were living under and did nothing to help.

  63. Ossie Moore March 14, 2017 at 11:45 am

    To Donild Trimp ! When ever someone speaks out in B’dos about racism and injustice they are deemed as hateful and ignorant . Here is white woman Heather Straker asking the white folks Willie Kerr, John “Shtupps” Roett …. to rally around and help.
    How come Ms.Straker has never asked Willie Kerr, John “Shtupps” Roett ….to help other black bajans who really need.
    With a name like Donild Trimp you’ve got to be the one who is ignorant and hateful.

  64. Pat March 14, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I am so happy that the Codrington School and others involved assisted this couple. They are so deserving of this help. I know them as kind and gentle people during my childhood years. Don’t judge people, be humble and grateful for what you have.

  65. Brewster March 14, 2017 at 11:51 am

    A very nice gesture indeed.

  66. Ossie Moore March 14, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    One more thing Dinald Trimp , so please take the donkey blinkers off of your eyes and the marbles out of you head and pay attention :
    As a person who was raised up in the Church and who still goes to Church , I am very happy to see the out pour and love that has been strewn upon this lovely couple. But face the facts there is definitely racism and discrimination involved here , these are two words that bajans were taught are not in any dictionary found in Barbados.
    Cases in point :
    (1) A white woman goes missing in BUHBAYDUS and the whole island shows up in an Island wide search including the Defense force , Police dept , etc etc. There are even white men with guns threatening to kill black bajans if this lady is not found.
    (2) An island that is 95 % black sends a white girl from the minority 5% to represent the island at the Ms.Universe pageant.
    (3) A white couple is in need of dire help just like many other black bajans and immediately help become available . . from peolple of all races , religious backgrounds etc , etc. when just days ago a black family in the very same situation is shown being evicted from their home which was in worst condition that this white couple’s home. But , no help for this black family.
    Now to the Politician whom you mentioned , well if I was a black bajan living in St. John , this politician representing my district would never see another term in office’.

    A very nice gesture indeed . . . when it is done to the non black person.

    • Jennifer March 14, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Ossie – Well said. All a part of the brain washing and supremacy. Not bringing these things to light or being unable to admit truth is just as bad as out racism. It is called racism by omission. Mind you I am glad that this couple received the help but what has happen in this place is that what was outright has now gone undercover. And blacks are under the delusion of inclusion and will very easily fend for the other side too.

  67. Barbara Barker March 14, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Should always be more rewarding to give than to receive. BIG KUDOS to the combined contributions of all parties involved.

  68. Maryam March 14, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Good stuff! So glad that their habitat will be clean now., at their age its very important healthwise.

  69. Christopher March 14, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    OSSIE MOORE who have you helped lately, and how?

  70. Christopher March 14, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Ossie Moore I must also point out that core to the Codrington Programme is volunteerism… My Daughter is a student at the school and through her experience there she has worked with Living Waters to help feed the homeless and has also worked with the mentally challenged children at the Cruising Club… There is a requisite amount of hours of community service that must be achieved as part of their academic year!!! KUDOS CODRINGTON… Keep up the positive example that you are showing US ALL!!!!

  71. Margaret March 14, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Praise the Lord for good community spirit.

  72. Donild Trimp March 14, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Ossie Moore, help me with your understanding of racism.

    You stated the following: (1) “A white woman goes missing in BUHBAYDUS and the whole island shows up in an Island wide search including the Defense force , Police dept , etc etc.”

    Where is the racism in the above?

    You also stated the following: (2) “An island that is 95 % black sends a white girl from the minority 5% to represent the island at the Ms.Universe pageant”

    Who sent the white girl? From my understanding it was not a white committee that selected her, so help me understand where the racism is.

    Then this: (3) “A white couple is in need of dire help just like many other black bajans and immediately help become available . . from people of all races”

    Once again, where is the racism?

    By the way, I am not ashame of my name.

  73. Adonah March 14, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Well done Principal Medford and students at The Codrington International School, for being God’s hand extended, reaching out to the oppressed. Thanks and many blessings!

  74. GCDA March 14, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I am so disheartened with the comments by Ossie Moore, odly enough the name Ossie Moore is that of a mischievous bajan character, and of English Descent with a name like Moore lol.

    In a time when we as citizens and residents of this fine Island and the world at large, should be coming together the divisiveness purported by Ossie indicates that the road to togetherness is perhaps too long a path for some to follow, and the road to confrontation a far more accessible route… unfortunately.

    The Codrington School promotes volunteerism as a core aspect of its academic year, requiring that every student engages in community service. The student body is active in many of the charities and organisations on island that provide assistance to the less fortunate.

    It is with the utmost respect and admiration that I commend the principal and his team for their initiative with this truly disadvantaged couple.

    This is not a black and white issue this is a wethepeople issue!!!

    To view it in any other light is to spit on the very nature of benevolence!!!

    To not acknowledge the good will shown here and to praise the effort is to show utter disdain for the act of giving.

    Ossie look into your heart and ask yourself what you can do to help… anyone!!! Racism looks ugly on you!

  75. sunshinecanada March 14, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Yes Ossie, you said it well, Amen

  76. Anne Geddes March 14, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    this not the first time they got assistant when i was a kid they had it twice maybe more lol

  77. KW March 15, 2017 at 7:46 am

    These folks are some of the nicest people I know. They greet everyone who passes with a smile and wave.

  78. David A. Wall March 15, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Well done. All also happy about Mr. Lionel Inniss being assisted by NAB, and the neighbors that brought his situation to the media…


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