Mom seeks help to complete road for son

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 10:15

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