South East Clarendon MP Pearnel Charles Jr hands over a building materials grant to one of the 2021 flood victims during a ceremony at Halse Hall, Clarendon on Thursday July 14.
CLARENDON, Jamaica – Clarendon Southeast MP Pearnel Charles Jr presented grants worth $4.37 million to 12 vulnerable members of the Halse Hall and Sandy Bay communities in Clarendon on Thursday, July 14.
Much needed assistance has been given to residents who were affected by widespread flooding in the community last year due to Tropical Storm Grace and Tropical Storm Ida.
The project was supported by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the Constituency Development Fund and other stakeholders. Funds must be used to purchase building materials.
Noting that the grants were only a first step, MP Charles Jr encouraged the community to come together to help recipients complete their building projects.
“Sometimes you get the voucher, you get the goods and you don’t get help, so I expect the community to come together and help. So, I’m going to ask you to make sure we help each other. Everyone helps each other, everyone helps each other,” Charles Jr said at the event, which was held at the parish’s Halse Hall Basic School.
MP for South East Clarendon, Pearnel Charles Jr addresses Halse Hall and Sandy Bay residents of Clarendon at a 2021 flood relief grant ceremony.
The MP further expressed his intention to continue the program and help other vulnerable members of the community build South East Clarendon.
“We will do our best to make sure we continue this program and help a few more next time. So people can rest assured that we will fight for more support to help others as well,” he continued, adding that “we live in a time when we need to focus our attention on what is important. “Charles Jr. said.
Meanwhile, Veronica Cross, one of the recipients who was overwhelmed with joy by the donation, shared that she prayed every night for help.
“Thank you for this voucher from Mr. Pearnel Charles Jr. Every night I pray to God for this dream to come true. Every day I pray and talk to my children and say “God help us”. God sees that we need help and He will help us. Don’t give up, you will get help. So, Mr. Pearnel Charles Jr, thank you very much sir. Thank you very much, I can’t even explain to you sir how I feel. I feel so happy inside me. I can sleep tonight – me and my kids,” she said.
Likewise, Monique Taylor said she was very grateful for the donation.
“I’m grateful, first to get something. A lot of times people say they ask and didn’t get it, so I feel thrilled and yes, I feel good knowing that a community like this – Halse Hall – is getting help,” she said.