A group of United States based donors in collaboration with charity group Food For The Poor, has donated houses to 21 families in Portland Cottage, Clarendon.
The recipients of the houses were either homeless, living in overcrowded and unsafe conditions or elderly. Most of these families include children.
The volunteers, known as the Davitt/Ruppert mission team, worked with FFP contractors to build and paint 13 double and eight single unit houses in just two days, over the weekend of February 18-19.
The effort was part of Food For the Poor’s ongoing commitment to improving the living conditions of the poor.
Last year the charity built a total of 1,298 homes across the island. Of these, the Davitt/Ruppert mission team constructed 13 two-bedroom houses in Cockpit, Clarendon.
The American mission team is made up of family and friends. Last year 41 members came to help their Jamaican brothers and sisters. This year a total of 50 students, masons, carpenters, painters, nurses and other professionals came to contribute their services. They were divided into painting, masonry and construction crews, and dispatched to three areas in Portland Cottage.
Twenty seven year-old Stacy-Ann Murray, who received one of the homes, was grateful for the kind gesture.
“I am so excited and overwhelmed. Because I have been moving from place to place with my children for a number of years without a home to call my own. Sometimes my children cry and ask when they will stop moving. Those days are finally over thanks to Food For The Poor and their donors. You cannot imagine what you have done for us,” the mother of seven said.