Ministry of Social Development, the GBV unit intervenes to help a homeless family


Firefighters at the destroyed Enterprise warehouse, Chaguanas, last Monday. -MARVIN HAMILTON

Officials from the National Division of Family Services of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services were due to meet the woman who, along with her children, became homeless after a fire in southern Trinidad.

The police’s gender-based violence (GBV) unit also stepped in to investigate allegations of abuse.

The 35-year-old, single mother of seven children aged 15 to 2, was fleeing an abusive man and renting an apartment.

On Sunday evening, all eight were left homeless and she is asking for the public’s help.

“A firefighter dropped off two mattresses for us. We are grateful for their help. We have nowhere to go. I haven’t slept well since Sunday. My eyes are burning and I have a headache. But I I’m a fighter so I’m not giving up,” the woman told Newsday on Tuesday.

She survived a shooting last year and asked that her identity not be made public, fearing the man would find her and kill her. He remains free.

“Today I called HDC (the Housing Development Corporation) because I applied for a house a few years ago. I called the office for help. They (the workers) said that they were looking into it,” she said.

Newsday was unable to obtain comment from the company on the matter.

The woman said she bought bread and other items from a store to feed the children.

She thinks a lit mosquito coil ignited something in their common room, causing the fire.

On the shooting report from April last year, police said the shooter eluded officers. Police said they were looking for the man.

Anyone interested in helping the woman and her children can contact this reporter at 607-4929 or email: [email protected] and the information will be passed on to the woman.

Joel C. Hicks