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Saturday, 23 March 2019

A tour of the La Plaine constituency revealed that Government, through the Hon Parliamentary Representative for that constituency, Petter Saint Jean, is working to improve the lives of residents.

Hon Saint Jean showed GIS a few of the houses being constructed for his constituents.

He explained, “In the La Plaine area under the community based projects of the Ministry of Constituency Empowerment some $300,000 was allocated to the constituency. Rather than rehabilitate and construct roads, we did a pilot project where we addressed the housing needs of seven families. Six one-bedroom structures were done and one two-bedroom structure. We addressed the needs of two single parent families, four destitute gentlemen and one homeless family...”

Juliana Lewis, received a two-bedroom home for her family of four.

“I feel very good very excited, sometimes words cannot really express the emotion and the way you feel because it was not something that was planned and you were not really expecting your name to come out of a list of people that were chosen to have a home,” she said.  

An elderly woman, Melanie Prosper is extremely grateful for her single bedroom home and a once homeless, Worrel Cuffy, considers his one bedroom home to be a mansion compared to his previous living conditions.

“I really need it. My mother died, my father died and it was about eleven of us that had a smaller house and all of us was in it and to see that big house now. I’m very comfortable with it; very glad of Mr. Saint Jean my parl rep,” Cuffy said.Additionally a sum of $294,000 was allocated to the constituency to address the washroom needs of 27 families in Delices. Hon Saint Jean commended the contractors and the village council for the proper execution of these projects.

One beneficiary of the washroom facility has lived without indoor facilities for over 45 years. He says the facility is “a godsend by the Prime Minister.” The oldest of the beneficiary is Phelomen Degalarie who will be 102 this year.

Hon Saint Jean revealed that the washroom project is not over. He told GIS news that an additional 67 washrooms were approved by the Hon Prime Minister for facilities at Carib, La Roche, Victoria, Boetica and La Plaine.

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