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Dec 9, 2008

Homeless family desperately looking for shelter

Story PictureIt’s a little over two weeks before Christmas and a family of ten left homeless in a fire in late November, has dim prospects for housing. The head of the family is blind, another member is unemployed and while they had received shelter for a few days, the Belize City family is destitute and desperate for help. Jose Sanchez reports.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting
On November twenty-seventh a fire blazed at ninety-two Antelope Street Extension, completely destroying the building which housed a family of ten. At that time the fire service was working to determine the cause of the fire.

Kenneth Mortis, Station Supervisor, Fire Dept. (November 27th)
“The fire started from the south-western portion of the building where one of the bedrooms was located. At present the exact cause of the fire is yet to be finalized even though we have a small clue as to how it started.”

One of the occupants of the home, Shevanney Tasher was charged with arson. Since then, the matriarch of the house places blame for the situation on a grandchild, and she has been anxious and weary.

Teresita Ortega Cristina, Left homeless by Fire
“I have nine children right and I dah grandmother right and I try talk to my grandson. My grandson like play with candle and thing. The land is not mine right, only di house weh burn but longtime I beg the government, all di government and all di people fi help me.”

A kind woman offered them a place to stay for a week after the fire and now they have to leave. And though his girlfriend has been charged with arson, Antonio Reyes pleads to the public on the behalf of the entire family.

Antonio Reyes, Left homeless by Fire
“Since the fire we’ve been trying to fight because we don’t have nowhere to stay so we have to find a way for someone to take us in a house. We got four days to stay there till when they take we out, we got to stay on the street. I got a mother, I got a family and I got no job, nothing. So I try to talk on the TV because I need help from people, I need help from the minister. I need a lee help, I need a house and land. From the fire happen I didn’t have clothes. I gone to Red Cross to get a lee help from the Red Cross; give me some clothes. A little clothes I got, otherwise I no get no help with the house or the land. I not getting no help. I begging other people please help me.”

Teresita Ortega Cristina
“I believe in God and I always go to church. I pray for all my Belizean people, all the government, all the people in Belize, all part of the country. I pray for them, so I ask them please donate that house for me and lot. I need to be happy and I don’t want to have a sad Christmas.”

Though they hope for a home by Christmas, they need a place to stay tonight. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

Reyes says if anyone would like to help they can call 668-0976 or they can make a deposit to Belize Bank Savings Account number 234743.

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