With her house cracking and shifting at a rapid pace, 42-year-old Princes Town widow Rajendaye Girdharry may not have a home for Christmas.
The house at Ganpat Road, Cleghorn Village, was once a place of security for her and her family of five, including two children. However, Girdharry said, “I have to sleep with one eye open and one eye close because I don’t know what could happen in the house as it crackup.”
She began noticing the cracks and movement six months ago, but since then, she said, the house had moved at least five to ten feet and her porch was almost destroyed.
There are large cracks in the walls and flooring, and there are gaping holes in the yard.
Girdharry said the bedroom in which her disabled brother-in-law slept was also falling apart.
“My fear is that I have kids in the place and it could fall anytime and I need some help to fix back my place. I am not working anywhere,” she said.
Almost two years ago, on December 31, 2021, her husband died from COVID-19, and since then, as a single mother, she has been trying to make ends meet.
“I work really hard when I was younger, me and my husband work hard and help we self. I asked nobody for help. I always independent. I never wait for nobody for anything,” Girdharry said as she wept.
She said they tried propping up the galvanised shed in front of the home with wooden beams. “It not working, the house coming down and if this falls it will damage the kids. I can’t stand in the gallery because it will fall down anytime soon with the rain,” she lamented.
The widow said her 22-year-old daughter, her seven-year-old son, her four-year-old granddaughter and her son-in-law also lived in the house, and if it crumbled, they will have nowhere to go.
Girdharry said she did hairdressing jobs “now and then” at her home while her son-in-law did gardening, but she did not have the finances to repair her home or build a new one. Three months ago, she asked the Princes Town Regional Corporation to build a rubble drain.
“Maybe is the water from the road that is causing my house to crack up, I don’t know.”
Girdharry said she started building a structure at the front of her home, but she did not have the money to complete it. Without the drain, however, she was worried that structure would also crumble.
“I am asking for help. If anyone wants to help or donate anything to just fix back my place for it to be safe, please do. I do not want to go by anybody. This is my home that I built to be here,” she pleaded.
Girdharry said also visited the National Commission for Self-Help, but was yet to receive the assistance she longed for.
Contacted on the matter, Princes Town Regional Corporation chairman Gowrie Roopnarine said he would look into Girdharry’s request and reach out to her.
Anyone willing to assist the family can contact 370-8730.