With the holidays around the corner, families all across the country are filled with excitement to enjoy all Christmastime has to offer, including the opportunity to spend memorable moments with their immediate and extended relatives.
Many have already written up extravagant shopping lists for food, decorations and gifts.
But there is no such celebration at the home of Indrawattie Rooplall, well known as ‘Pam’ from Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder.
In a night she’ll never forget, Rooplall’s teenage son, her husband and brother were all murdered.
Her husband, Pawan Chandradeo, her son Jaikarran Chandradeo, along with her brother Naresh Rooplall, had set out for fishing on July 21, 2016 in the Cookrit Savannah, Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder to fish, but on that day they did not return. Mrs. Rooplall’s other son Alvin Chandradeo had gone with them on that trip too. Early the next morning, news spread like the ashes from a burnt canefield.
Pawan, his teenage son and his brother-in-law were all shot dead.
Their bodies were discovered by a farmer on the 22nd July, 2016 at the very location they left for. Five men are currently before the court for the murders.
However, Humanitarian Mission, a Non-governmental organisation, is striving to ensure that the widow and her remaining three children have a more comfortable life, especially around this time of the year.
Since the tragedy religious leaders, government representatives and even regional representatives had committed to assisting the family. However, Mrs, Rooplall said that “they helped in the beginning” but now the tragedy is forgotten and the assistance also stopped.
Two years later, Rooplall is now getting back on her feet after she was forced to leave her job as a security guard at the village hospital. The humanitarian mission that has come to her aid is headed by Suresh Sugrim, an overseas based Guyanese, who says he “will not feed someone for a day but is willing to teach them to fish to feed them for a lifetime” and that is what he did.
Humanitarian Mission members recently handed over ten chickens and two sheep (one pregnant) to Rooplall at her home in Mibicuri. This was done to enable her to start her own small business to sell chickens, eggs and other farm animals as they multiply to allow her to earn an income.
Mahendra Dass Nandlall, a representative of the Mission during the handing over of the poultry, said, “we gave her these poultry and sheep so that she could rear them and get a profit, which would assist her financially.”
He added that the organisation seeks to assist individuals like Mrs. Rooplall.
Rooplall expressed gratitude to the organisation.
“Since my story was on the internet recently I have received help from overseas and Guyana and I thank God for that. Going into the new year these things will help out a lot and things are getting better because since the past two years nothing was doing but things are getting better.”
“I plan to ‘mined’ these creole fowls, get some eggs, ‘mind’ some animals and plant with the help that I got.”
Rooplall’s children are aged 15, 14 and 13. The 14 and 13-year old both attend school while the 15-year-old, Alvin Chandradeo, dropped out of school.
Rooplall has also received assistance from Gafoors. The company pledged $10,000 monthly for transportation for her two children to attend school, while Churches Chicken franchise donated stationary and school supplies and a Pandit from the West Coast Berbice donated a computer and is also in the process of ensuring she has internet access in her home.
Persons who are desirous of assisting the widow and her three children can contact her on cell number 694-0386.
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