A mother, whose son has cerebral palsy, is asking for help from members of the public to complete the only access road to their home to the Todds Station Road, Todds Road, in Central Trinidad.
In 2017, Guardian Media highlighted the plight of Oumawatee Mohammed, who uses a wheelbarrow to transport her son, Ronaldo Mohammed.
Back then she begged for assistance to have an access road constructed so she can safely take her son up the hill. Two years later, the road, now called Yvonne Trace, is only halfway completed.
Speaking to Guardian Mediaon Sunday, Oumawatee said she still uses a wheelbarrow to transport her 22-year-old son because the vehicle, which was donated to them, is only able to reach up to a certain point. With the rainy season already here, she fears the condition of the track would get worse. Grateful for the help she has already received, Oumawatee is again turning to members of the public. She is asking for 80 cubic yards of oil sand to be donated to smoothen the track’s surface.
This she explains will allow her to park the vehicle closer to their home so that they no longer have to use the wheelbarrow to carry Renaldo up the hill. The wheelbarrow, she added will finally be returned to the family’s agriculture farm.
Their current circumstances, Oumawatee said, prevent her son from doing the two things he enjoys the most—playing with other children and going to the beach.
The family of four is also hoping to reconstruct their two-bedroom galvanise home and is asking for help with construction material. Councillor for Longdenville/Talparo, Ryan Rampersad, said the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation was willing to provide the transportation for the oil sand, as well as the labour and equipment to fix the track.
Additionally, the councillor said he will lobby the CTTRC to provide the equipment, technical personnel and labour to construct the house.
Anyone willing to assist the family can contact 349-5510.Reporter: Bavita Gopaulchan