A hammock for a home

Since his home burnt down a week ago, Ran­dolph Sankar has been sleep­ing in a ham­mock near the ru­ins of his home near the Moti­ram Shi­va Mandir in Debe.

And while devo­tees pray dai­ly at the mandir, Sankar al­so makes sup­pli­ca­tions to God with the hope that his home would be re­built one day.

Stand­ing amid the ru­ins, Sankar said he lives at the house with his moth­er Elvi­ra Sankar, 72, but on the day be­fore Di­vali hol­i­day (No­vem­ber 6), a fire broke out up­stairs.

“We were both sleep­ing when the fire start­ed. I couldn’t do any­thing. The house burnt down with­in an hour,” Sankar said.

Elvi­ra said since the fire she has been stay­ing at her daugh­ter’s home.

“It hard to know every­thing you worked hard for is gone. We could not save any­thing. Every­thing de­stroyed,” Elvi­ra said.

Around mid­day on Mon­day, Oropouche MP Dr Roodal Mooni­lal brought con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als to help re­build part of the fam­i­ly’s home. Mooni­lal said once the T&T Fire Ser­vices gave clear­ance, the ru­ins can be de­mol­ished.

“So far, we have brought some con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als so they can re­build the shed. I un­der­stand now that the gen­tle­man has no clothes so we will look to see what sort of as­sis­tance can be giv­en to him. Once the house is giv­en clear­ance by the Fire Ser­vices we can start to clear it out. At least for now, they will be able to get shel­ter,” Mooni­lal said.

He added that by Wednes­day he will arrange to get labour­ers to as­sist the fam­i­ly. Mooni­lal al­so said he will make rep­re­sen­ta­tion for the fam­i­ly to ap­ply for as­sis­tance from the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment.

Any­one want­i­ng to as­sist the fam­i­ly can con­tact Elvi­ra at 499-2110 or 739-4182.

- Photo by Kristian De Silva