After almost four months of living without running water or electricity, more residents in the First Electoral District can breath easier as those needs have been temporarily addressed.
On Friday (December 22) an anonymous donor offered 15 large water tanks to residents in that district. The tanks, which are filled by the Water and Sewage Department, were placed in strategic locations in Carrot Bay, Little Apple Bay, and Long Bay for public use.
OneMart Supermarket then helped to bring some power back to the district by donating just over a two dozen generators on Saturday.
“To date, since Irma and Maria, the northern side of the First District remains without electricity. A large number of residents are still without water or a generator to provide light. This holiday season is about giving, caring and sharing. The First District started an initiative where those on the western end of the island that now have electricity have been allowing those on the northern side of the district who still doesn’t have electricity to use their generators until they get electricity. However, there are persons in the Carrot Bay, Little Apple Bay, and Long Bay areas who still didn’t have a generator,” First District Representative, Andrew Fahie explained.
“OneMart and I both wanted the people of the area to have a brighter Christmas and not one in darkness so OneMart donated twenty-five 1200-watt generators to the residents of the First District through their representative.”
He remarked that the recipients were “truly grateful” to have better access to power and water.
“I believe that we must be our brother’s keeper at all times; more so around this holiday season. We must always do what Jesus would do for us regardless of our status in the community or where we are from; always show every mankind love.”
Meanwhile, Seema and Richard Narine, a Guyanese couple who have been residing in the territory for over 15 years, said they were happy to have received a generator that they can call their own.
“We appreciate it so much… We had borrowed one from a friend because we have two children so we couldn’t do without one and we were using that. But it was giving problems; it was a small one and a certain time you would just hear a noise and it would just go down,” Seema told BVI News.
Lata Chennupati, another recipient from Carrot Bay, said she was able to string up her Christmas lights for the holidays.
“After Hurricane Irma, this is the first time we have real light in our home. I don’t know how to express my feeling. We are so happy. Tonight we put up Christmas lights for the first time!”
Meanwhile, Chennupati and the Narines said they had to travel to Nanny Cay to fill up with water prior to the water tanks being placed around the community.
They said they were elated to have potable water closer to home.
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