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New house for family of seven

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Brandon Grant (back row, fourth left) and Kemeisha Sinclair (holding baby), their children, volunteers from the National Commercial Bank Foundation and Food For The Poor Jamaica, standing before the new house that was constructed for the needy family

Providing a new house for their five children was one goal Kemeisha Sinclair and her common-law husband, Brandon Grant of Over River, St James, believed was impossible to achieve within the next decade of their lives.

Sinclair is a caring mother who does odd jobs, while Grant works on construction sites to put food on the table for the family. However, the income earned was insufficient for them to build a new house for their children, ages 12, 11, eight, four and nine-months.

But now, thanks to the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation and Food For The Poor Jamaica (FFP), this goal, which they had lost faith in, has been achieved.

"One of the main problems we had before was that our previous house's roof used to leak badly. We had to set buckets, and all of us had to stay on one bed to ensure that we didn't get wet when the rain came," said 25-year-old Sinclair.

"Another problem was that we had termites eating out the board in the roof, so we used to hang sheets from the roof to prevent the rubbles from falling on us," added Sinclair.

After bearing the burden for years, Grant got tired of the situation, and, one day, upon hearing that FFP was constructing a house nearby, he went to the supervisor there and enquired as to how to apply. Then he filed his application.

After being reviewed, the family was selected for a house.

"I feel good to have been selected. The house is very nice and I appreciate everything Food For The Poor and the NCB Foundation have done for me," said Grant.

Sinclair added, "He did it especially for the children, to make them more comfortable and be in a better place to grow up and be proud of. I feel really happy about the new house because we really needed it. It will certainly be better for us. Thanks to Food For The Poor and the NCB people for the help. May God bless you all."