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Help for family rescued from Tabaquite forest

By Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

THE family rescued from a one-room shack deep in the Tabaquite forest last week may soon be able to rebuild their home.

Bernadette Alert, a Grenadian national and mother of five, was invited to a meeting with National Commission for Self Help Ltd (NCSHL) chairman Surujdeo Mangaroo yesterday.

Mangaroo said he was made aware of the family's plight through an article published in the Express yesterday.

"I read the article in the Express and I immediately contacted the woman at 6 a.m. I invited her to come to the office. She came in and filled out an application. I am satisfied that we should help. We are proceeding to assist with $20,000 in material, which will go a long way," he said.

Alert, 56, said he was thankful for the assistance and promised to rebuild her home for her children and grandchildren.

Alert, her three children and two grandchildren were rescued from the one-room shack and taken to the house of Zekiya Ramsey in Chaguanas.

Ramsey was related to Alert's late husband, Peter Jeremiah. "When I went and saw that house, I just could not believe it. Those children had no running water, no lights, real poverty. I had to take them out of there," she said.

Alert and her family lived on a five-acre plot of land, leased by the Government. Her husband was a pineapple farmer. Alert said she was unable to receive assistance from the Government, as she was not a Trinidad national.
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