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Clarendon family gets new house

Published:Saturday | December 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Joscelyn Forbes (right) joins his wife (second right) and daughters for a family photo outside their new home, built by Food For The Poor with the help of donors.

Joscelyn Forbes has said his family feels 100 per cent more secure in their new home, thanks to Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica and its generous donors.

The Forbes family of Osborne Store, Clarendon, moved into the house in August and is looking forward to spending Christmas with a strong roof over their heads.

Forbes, a temporary processor at the nearby bauxite plant and a father of seven, shares the home with his wife, Nicole, and daughters. Their five-year-old attends infant school; another is enrolled at Glenmuir High School; and his daughter at Denbigh High School is aiming for a nursing career. Another daughter is working and studying at Northern Caribbean University.

Forbes described his former dwelling - a one-room board house, with no bathroom or kitchen facilities - as "very small, and with no privacy" for family members.

He said they were always nervous in bad weather. "Whenever the breeze blew, my whole system trembled," he said. Now, he does not worry. "When the rain falls, I am safe and dry," he added.

David Mair, executive director of FFP Jamaica, said the charity takes pride in delivering strong, well-equipped homes for Jamaicans so they can live secure, dignified lives. "We are happy that Mr Forbes is proud of his new family home, too," Mair said.

Forbes plans to set up a rainwater harvesting system for his new home and for the vegetable garden that he hopes to plant. He is finding ways for the family to become more self-sufficient.

Forbes said that he had always longed for a safe, comfortable home, but "God allowed me the right time to receive it." He expressed his deep appreciation.

"On behalf of the family and myself, I thank Food For The Poor for all their help," he said. "As long as I have life, I am thankful."