BP, Habitat build homes

“I cannot really express how much this means to me and my daughter. It was totally unexpected"

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Carenage resident Delavern Gail Polidore, single parent of a 10-year old daughter, broke down in tears last Saturday as she received the keys to a two-bedroom home provided through the on-going partnership between energy company BP Trinidad and Tobago and Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago (HFHTT).

“I cannot really express how much this means to me and my daughter. It was totally unexpected. I don’t know how to thank bpTT and Habitat. This is really a dream come true for us,” said Pollidore, whose new home is located, appropriately, at Hope Road, Carenage.

Work on the house began earlier this year, with volunteers from bpTT and Carenage residents pitching in their labour to make Pollidore’s dream a reality on November 1 when painting and finishing touches were done. 

Flanked by her daughter, Lavina Alexander, a Standard 4 student of Carenage Girls Government Primary School, Pollidore openly shed tears as she was presented with the keys to her home by Joel Primus, Community Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations Advisor, bpTT. Heading the bpTT team at the handing-over ceremony was Ronda Francis, Corporate Responsibility Manager, herself a resident of Carenage.

“Thanks to organisations like Habitat for Humanity, those who would normally find it difficult to build a home of their own can actually live their dreams. Today we are dedicating a structure in honour of Delavern and her family; and we are at bpTT are happy to play our part in this special effort,” said Francis, openly emotional as she spoke.

Representing Habitat for Humanity was Elizabeth Callan, the organisation’s Grant Writer in Trinidad and Tobago. Callan lauded the partnership between Habitat and bpTT which has provided homes to nine families so far. “We are proud of our relationship with bpTT in providing homes to the less fortunate in the society. We know that many people cannot afford to build their own homes. Through efforts such as these, Habitat has been able to build and repair some 355 homes,” Callan said.

Blessing of the home was performed by Pastor Michael Braithwaite, while a mango tree was presented to Pollidore to mark the special occasion. She also received a television set and a washing machine, among other gifts.

Tony Richardson, a bpTT volunteer and youth officer of Friends and Family Community Group, said it was a wonderful gesture to be involved in “such a noble and caring” endeavour. “This project should be implemented in every community to assist the less fortunate. It makes you feel really good that you are doing something selfless to make a huge difference in the lives of people,” said Richardson.