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Jul 21, 2016

A House Collapses with an Elderly Couple

An elderly couple in Belize City is facing challenging times. They are both unemployed and one is disabled making their life even more difficult. Adela Tablada and Wilfred Hamilton have been living more than two decades at their house in the Saint Martin De Porres area. But the building has deteriorated over the years and it is putting the lives of the couple at risk.  Tablada and Hamilton say they cannot meet costs for urgently needed repairs; in the meantime, the house is crumbling under their feet. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Sixty-five year old Adela Tablada and her spouse have been living at this house on Periwinkle Street in the Saint Martin’s area for the past twenty-two years. The wooden two-bedroom house has been home to the couple since 1994, but they are now in dire need of assistance because the elevated structure is falling apart. Both are unable to work and Tablada is living with a disability. It’s a challenging time for the family and they are now turning to the public for help.

 

Adela Tablada

Adela Tablada, Needs Assistance

“I’m asking for help. Mi house, all the stilts underneath are rotten; the flooring the drop in and I can’t work and I have no money to pay nobody fi do it for me. So I di beg somebody to please help, please come help mi fix mi house. I am unable…social mind me. I noh have no money to fix mi house and I can’t pay nobody. So I di beg fi help. Please somebody out there come help me. The fifteen of august that is coming, I will be sixty-six years old and I can’t help myself because I am cripple.”

 

Tablada’s husband, sixty-three year old Wilfred Hamilton helps her around the house, but fears that one day the flooring will collapse under their feet. He has put in place makeshift support under the house, but it is unstable.

 

Wilfred Hamilton

Wilfred Hamilton, Needs Assistance

“I make a lot of effort by trying to buy lee thing and thing, but it noh work. I buy wah two board and thing but money noh deh.”

 

Duane Moody

“I know you have some cement blocks trying to support the center. Talk to us about it.”

 

Wilfred Hamilton

“Well that dah after I done fix it for a second time because after the house done built, it was alright. But the board dehn weh we get dah mi never the correct either. Then we had Mister Boots send dehn guys yah cause dah mi wah board house. And ih take off the board dehn and they put the uprights and the plycem, but dehn neva did fix the flooring. But from then, the flooring was to be fixed, and dehn noh come back. They lone promise yo that dehn wah come back, but we noh want accuse nobody and di throw nothing like slander towards people.”

 

Caroline Hamilton

Hamilton says that they would need construction material to repair the dilapidated structure. Their daughter, Caroline Hamilton, is overwhelmed by the condition in which her parents are living and is asking for a job so that she can give the much needed assistance to the elderly couple.

 

Caroline Hamilton, Daughter

“I can’t help my mother because I am only living off of maintenance and I ask the ministers out there fi have wah heart and look towards me and help me with wah job because this makes my heart very sad to see that my parents they need the help and I can’t shub up the help for my ma. Look down, remember we are all human beings. We are equal. I noh like di cry and beg, but for the sake of my mother, I beg please, help me out yah; employ me so that I could mind my ma. My oldest bredda dead from we and that was my mother’s biggest help ina life and he gone left we.”

 

Adela Tablada

“Sometimes I noh even have money fi buy mi food. I ask somebody out deh fi please help me with a lee box of grocery. I really can’t help myself. I cripple; thank god I have mi husband by mi side; he wash for me. Ih see that I bathe, make tea for me, but it’s really rough. When I had my youth ina me and I mi work, I neva use to have thing hard. I does could pay mi light bill and everything. But the person who used to pay my light bill for me, my son; ih dead. So ih can’t help me no more.”

 

Anyone who can assist the Hamilton family is asked to contact them at telephone numbers 668-4349 or 650-9269./ Duane Moody for News Five.

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