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Bar owner Harrylal Sukhdeo (far right) with students and staff of the Palmiste Government School yesterday. From left, Std 4 teacher Lyndell Beepot, principal Sandra Chan Chow, students Karishma Harrilal, Anjanie Hussein and Jadon Mc Daniel and Sukhdeo’s grand-daughter Christiana.

Harrylal Sukhdeo used the monies he earned from the sales of boiled channa to purchase internet devices for three rural schools.

Sukhdeo, who operates Fat’s Restaurant and Bar at Palmiste Village, Longdenville, said while the bar business was not doing well because of COVID-19 regulations, his sales of boiled channa continued to remain profitable.

Yesterday, he donated internet devices to students of the Palmiste Government School. Sukhdeo said he has grandchildren attending the Todds Road RC School and the Caparo RC School. He said teachers of these schools indicated to him that quite a number of students did not have any internet devices.

Sukhdeo said he has always contributed to the development of the rural communities that support his business.

He gave devices to Caparo and Todds Road and to Palmiste. The latter he attended as a child in the 1960s. Sukhdeo also made an appeal to businesses in the community to assist needy children. The communities that are located along the Brasso Caparo Valley Road are not blessed with a plethora of big businesses to assist.

These communities are serviced by small shops, groceries and bars. The closure of Caroni (1975) Limited put a majority of the workforce on the breadline, many have since had to depend on Cepep, URP and other forms of menial labour for employment.

Nisha Ramjattan, the parent of Karishma Harrilal, said she was grateful for the internet devices. Ramjattan said her family is without an internet connection and she has to cough up $100 for a 5-day data plan to generate a mobile hotspot using her smartphone.

Ramjattan a resident of Thompson Road, Palmiste said Karishma, her daughter, who is in Standard 5 and was the school’s top athlete for 2019 and 2020, is one of many students in the community need of an internet device.