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Jul 15, 2009

Woman unhappy with the result of free home repairs

Story PictureThe Southside Poverty Alleviation Project kicked off with a bang back in 2007 with infrastructural improvements proposed for the Collet, Port Loyola, and Lake Independence areas. This includes: the paving and upgrading of roads and sidewalks, improved drainage, and the filling of residential lots. And the current phase of the project, which involves home repairs and small expansions seemed to be doing well – that is until one lady whose small house was repaired over the past year, called the media. Madlene Chavez who lives on Reggae Street, told us she is far from pleased with the work done to her house.

Madlene Chavez, Homeowner
“Dehn start work, well everything mi di go good, but when I come from work deh have materials out there and wen ah look dehn come and somebody tell deh ker some ah di materials dah wah different house, ker some ah di dis yah house, I don’t know, because ah noh know who dah deh supervisor. I noh know nothing.”

Marion Ali
“So what you observe after that?”

Madlene Chavez
“Den I notice like the work di go slower and slower and slower. When I ask the young men dehn dah weh happen, deh wudda tell me well wi di do dis or no materials noh tell. Deh come, deh do a little bit, deh goh. Deh come, deh do a little bit, deh goh. When ih rain I start complain to dehn, my roof di leak. If you sit down right yah di sun still wah shine pan yoh from somewhere up deh soh from some hole, soh di sun still wah hit yoh. When di rain come, rain still hit yoh. My step dah cement blocks. Dat dah di cement block weh deh put deh soh. Dat dah my step fi right now. Dat deh dah front, dat deh dah back. Right deh soh by ti TV got wah hole right deh soh. When ih rain di wata run dis way and come soh up deh have bucket weh wi have to put weh ih leak more harder. Dis side I dah put tub and thing. But when ih rain hard, hard, hard di wata run start come through. Eena my bed when ih rain, noh care if dah slow rain or whatever, ih start lash eena my room. I get wet up deh. But I steady di ask deh dah weh dah di problem, steady di ask dah weh dah di problem. Deh noh got no material, deh noh got material.”

“Dehn mi promise me dat deh wah give me wah bathroom. Dehn want put di bathroom right eena my son room and dat dah di place weh my grandson occupy right now. One day my daughter call me and tell me dat di young man deh come and deh wah put di bathroom deh. Ah seh no, ih can’t work because yo know why dah place dah fi wah room. Wah bathroom and wah room can’t goh deh. Dehn can’t stay no longer and dat dah di last fi me; dat di Area Representative write me off. Ah tell ah as he write it off, tell deh goh back wid all dehn material. Ah seh because if dehn can’t do it my way deh noh wah do it no way. Deh got some people because you’re poor and because dah free dehn want give yoh anything. I noh stand soh because if I can’t do something I wah tell yoh ah can’t do it or ah wah tell yoh no. I dah want wen dehn do wah repairs fi somebody deh do it di right way or noh do it at all, because I di punish weh part I deh.”

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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