Basseterre, St. Kitts, 9th March, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – Seventy-four-year-old Albert Peters became the latest resident of Irish Town to benefit from the HELP program that was established by the current Team Unity Government.
Peters had reached out to Ambassador Jonel Powell, the Team Unity candidate for Constituency #2, Central Basseterre, for assistance he needed to add a bathroom to his house on Durant Avenue.
An appreciative Peters said, “I needed some help so I spoke with Mr. Powell and he gave me the help that I needed. I am grateful for the help, and I am thankful because without them nothing would have been done, so I am thankful and grateful.”
The HELP program was set up to assist low income earners to undertake house repairs, particularly to the roof, or to add essential facilities, like a kitchen or bathroom, up to $10,000 in value. The program is administered through the National Housing Corporation .
Powell visited Peters on Thursday, 8th March.
“We are looking at the progress being made in relation to a project that is ongoing to build bathrooms to homes that have been going without bathrooms and toilets to date. Unfortunately, this is a problem which still exists here in St. Kitts, particularly here in Central Basseterre, so with the help of NHC, Mr. Albert Peters is the most recent to be the beneficiary of a bathroom being added to his home,” Powell informed.
And in a recent town hall meeting, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris spoke about the relevance of HELP.
“We considered that every household ought to have modern toilet facilities and so we targeted that. We considered that everyone should be safe from the horrors of adverse weather and therefore we targeted repairs and renovations to roofs. The HELP Programme was not intended to add another room and so on; it was intended to remedy certain unacceptable social situations,” Harris explained.
To date, over 300 persons have received assistance under the HELP program.
(Top photo: Albert Peters and Ambassador Jonel Powell having a chat.)