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Dec 9, 2011

Senior Citizen given a new home

With all the bad news, there are good tidings for a senior citizen of Jane Usher Boulevard, who has every reason to be in a festive mood tonight. She was the lucky recipient of a brand new house courtesy of Hand in Hand Ministries and the students of Rush University, who collaborated in the construction of a house for the well deserving woman. Today News Five’s Andrea Polanco visited with the grateful owner of the new house.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Seventy–five year old Balbina Lamb, with tears of joy in her eyes, was smiling today when she officially received a brand new home.

Balbina Lamb

Balbina Lamb, House Recipient

“Well right now I am feeling happy and strong. I am so happy till I don’t know what to do. Thanks to everyone who help me because I never expect this today. So I am so happy that I don’t know what to say. Thanks to the Jehovah.”

Andrea Polanco

“Awrite, so, Ms Lamb, you’re living alone?”

Balbina Lamb

“I am living alone but I have my children but they have their own home so I am living by myself and well I have my grandson who stays with me sometimes and then he goes, but most of the time by myself.”

Bernard Panton Sr.

Bernard Panton Sr. of the Building for Change Program says the house was built in three days, through the partnership Hand in Hand Ministries and the thirteen women of Rush University:

Bernard Panton Sr., Hand in Hand Ministries

“She has been wanting for a long time, I guess she applied over a year and finally she got enough resources to get her land filled because that is what was keeping back the building. Then we came and did our little investigations and then we started to build. The group that is building, that built the house is from Rush University, a set of nurses, studying at Rush; and they come down every year, for the past decade to Belize to assist. This is a very special group to us and so we are happy that Ms. Lamb has finally gotten her house.”

Andrea Polanco

“Well, I know Hand in Hand Ministries usually builds a home in record time. What was it like working on this one?”

Bernard Panton Sr.

“This was the same record time, we started on Monday and by Thursday there’s a house. This group is all female and some people might say well, females might take a little longer; most female groups are the ones that finish faster than the men.”

Andrea Polanco

“So, Mr. Panton, for the funding for Ms. Lamb’s home, was it provided by Rush University?”

Bernard Panton Sr.

“Yes. What we call the groups that come in are immersion groups, these are groups mainly from the United States, that they raise these funds. They communicate with us over a year and they raise these funds and then they come with their team, so they actually raise the money and they bring a team that will actually build the house. We have two construction coordinators who actually supervise the job and that is how they do it.”

Afflicted with severe arthritis, Lamb’s mobility is limited. As a part of the donation, she received a rocking chair, a bed and small household items. For Lamb, this new structure represents much needed security and shelter, which she didn’t have at her previous house:

Balbina Lamb

“Well, I tell you, it was a very hard life because when it rains I have to get up and sit down and till when the rain pass, I put down my mattress, so praise the Lord, God help me and take me out of it cause it’s not an easy life when you sleeping and rain drops on you. It’s not easy.”

Andrea Polanco

“So, how are your children feeling?”

Balbina Lamb

“They’re feeling happy. They feel happy because they couldn’t help me because they have their own problems.”

The house is a sixteen by sixteen structure and is ready for use:

Bernard Panton Sr.

“The house is a sixteen by sixteen treated pine house, with little four and a half by eight feet area for a bathroom. When we build a basic house like this we don’t put in plumbing and electrical unless we get additional funds. So Miss Lamb has a basic house which was done in sections.”

Andrea Polanco

“So you’re going to move into your new house today?”

Balbina Lamb

“Yes, I am going to move, I sleep here last night. But I am going to move into today.”

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

To date, Hand in Hand Ministries has built one hundred and seventy one houses.

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1 Response for “Senior Citizen given a new home”

  1. KIKA says:

    these ladies are doing great. all women. wow women can do things like men too. i want to join them and learn to build a house. do you think we should have like these group formed in Belize?

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