Saturday 24 October, 2020

Companies partner with Angostura, Coosal’s to help Penal family

Seven companies joined hands with Angostura and Coosal’s to help a family in Penal who didn’t have electricity or resources for the children to do school work under the COVID-19 restrictions. 

According to a report on the family done by Guardian Media, the young orphaned siblings had been evicted by family members and were struggling to build a home of their own. The three siblings are ages 11, 18 and 20. 

Seeing the story and with help already pledged by Angostura and Coosal’s, Unicomer Trinidad Limited, Persad’s D Food King Group, Nigel R Khan Bookselling Group, TSTT, Memory Bank Computers Limited, Kaleidoscope Paints Limited and Blue Waters Products Limited, put their resources together to provide much needed relief. 

Unicomer will be donating a living room set, dining room set, refrigerator, gas cooker, twin tub washer and mattresses. Persad’s D Food King Group will be assisting the siblings with groceries for one year. The Nigel R Khan Bookselling Group will be giving the 12-year old a gift card to purchase school supplies and books for the next several years until he completes Form Five. TSTT is pledging internet service for a one-year period. Memory Bank Computers Limited is gifting three Lenovo tablets to assist with online learning.  

Kaleidoscope Paints Limited is providing the paints for the siblings’ house and Blue Waters Products Limited will be supplying cases of water every month for one year. 

The Coosal’s Group of Companies is contributing the building materials for the family, including roofing supplies, and Angostura is purchasing all the electrical items required. 

Angostura’s Executive Manager-Corporate Services, Mr. Rahim Mohammed said, “It’s not every day that you see a 12-year-old mixing sand and cement and putting up blocks for his home and taking such ownership to secure a better future for his family and him. It is heart-breaking to see that he must go through this when children his age should be involved in online classes right now.” 

Director of Persad’s D Food King Group, Mr. Vernon Persad said he was happy to be a part of the initiative and intended to do as much as he can for the siblings. 

“We feel blessed and honoured to be included in partnering with other national stakeholders in ensuring that this family’s nutritional needs and quality of life are secured and tangibly improved,” he said. 

Executive Chairman of the Coosal’s Group of Companies, Mr. Sieunarine Coosal said that it’s time stories like this one become a thing of the past. 

“The story of the young Boodram family sadly is not unique, as thousands of families are faced with severe socio-economic circumstances, not only impacted as recent as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a myriad of other humbling situations presented to us on a daily basis. When their story was highlighted, Angostura and Coosal’s collaborated in order to bring the desired relief for their immediate needs. We are delighted by bringing awareness to this because it brought an immediate response by corporate Trinidad and Tobago to mobilize support for the provision of items, not only for proper shelter, but will ensure their long-term advancement,” he pledged. 

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