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New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc., / Guyana Central Arya Samaj Humanitarian Mission building house for needy family in Guyana

By admin / Posted on 31 August 2010

April 28, 2008


WILLIAMSBURG, CORENTYNE – The New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. Humanitarian Mission, through the Guyana Central Arya Samaj, is soon to commence construction of a home for a less fortunate family. Iris Latchman, of Rose Hall Town on the Corentyne, is now homeless. The shack she once called home crumbled to the ground last month on a windy day. “I knew it would have fallen and the day that I was sitting by my daughter’s house, it fell flat at about ten o’clock. I have lost everything. Some people have helped me purchase a kerosene oil stove and some other items.”

The woman was taken in by her eldest daughter, Camille Latchman, and lives in the quarters below her. “We have put up two sheets of zinc to try and make it a home for now because we don’t have anywhere else to live.” The 60-year-old has four adult children, two of whom are boys. Three of them are mentally challenged. “All of my children have mental problems, except for the eldest one. They are challenged and they also have physical problems. People often take advantage of them when they try to get a job.”

There is not much that her eldest daughter, Camille, can do for them. She assists at a nearby shop. “My sister is 24 years old and is also challenged just like my two older brothers. My mother is also disabled with her leg.”

My mother and my siblings beg in the streets because I’m the only one with an education. When my father left, we were small. I have asthma and since we were small, we had to beg in order to survive. People have given us necessities, such as black pepper, salt, masala, dhol so that we may survive.

The Arya Samaj is now in the process of taking the necessary estimates.

Iris Latchman is grateful to the organization. “No one has ever helped me like that. I am so glad that they are helping us and soon, I’ll be able to get my own house.” The New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. was established in 1987. Its Humanitarian Mission was established in 2005 to help the less fortunate children and elderly persons across Guyana.

In March, Dr. Ramesh Sugrim, Head of the Humanitarian Mission, handed over $100,000 to assist seven-year-old Farziena Ali of Betsy Ground in East Canje. The child is scheduled for heart surgery in India. Each year, under the humanitarian mission, hundreds of children receive supplies, preparing them for the new academic year. Humanitarian Mission 2008 is scheduled to commence in July.

 

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