Friday, December 15, 2017

Children’s home faces closure, pleads for help


THE El Shaddai Restoration Home in Bonne Aventure, Gasparillo is in need of assistance before it closes its doors.
Care-giver Darren Ali said that the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago requires the home to be up-to-code. He said they are currently in the process of getting a health and fire certificate, but in order for this to be given the home needs major construction work.
“I understand the work of the Authority, and I find it very important and useful, but it has put us under a lot of pressure to get all of these repairs done in time,” said Ali.
The home has 20 children, both boys and girls, from ages six to 23.
Ali said that the children who turned 18 were not turned away but remained assisting in whatever way they can.
“The home has junior care-givers, when they turned 18 we couldn’t just turn them away. They stayed and now they are junior care-givers.”
Ali said that these young adults have made a significant contribution to the home and have improved their lives.
“One girl is doing a degree in social work, another in early childhood education, one in beauty culture. They are making something of themselves. We are proud of that,” he said.
El Shaddai relies on public donations for upgrade works and assistance with maintenance of the children.
Ali said the home needs repairs to the kitchen, storage cupboards, ceiling materials and labourers.
He also said that the children need school supplies before the start of the new school term.
“We usually wait last minute to buy what the children need because some people donate books, clothes and so on.
“We are doing this for the children. They need the help. I am praying that things work out for us,” said Ali as he made a final appeal for help.
Ali is appealing to the public for assistance to complete the infrastructural and developmental works needed to complete the home.
Anyone willing to donate any material, provide financial assistance or time and skills can contact Darren Ali at 620-7206,