Natalie Walters, Communications Manager (right) presents the desktop computer to fire victim, Anastasia Grant. (Image courtesy Ministry of Social Development and Family Services)

One of the families impacted by the Quarry Street fire on New Year’s Day received a desktop computer which would help one mature student with her preparation for the upcoming Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination.

An elated Anastacia Grant, joined by her husband, received the device from the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services on Wednesday January 19th.

Thirty-five-year-old Anastacia said the computer will be of tremendous assistance with her online classes and her exam preparation and expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the Ministry’s assistance.

“As an adult CSEC candidate, Ms Grant believes that age should not be a factor when it comes to education and learning and hopes that she will inspire others who are in similar situations,” a release from the Ministry said.

The Ministry explained the donation was part of an ongoing effort to bring as much restoration and a sense of normalcy to the affected families.

“The device was donated to the Ministry by a corporate sponsor, following a request from the Office of the Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Senator the Honourable Donna Cox,” the release stated.  

According to the Ministry, the presentation of this desktop computer follows earlier action by the Ministry when the other affected families were provided with emergency relief.

The Ministry said the affected families were assessed to receive assistance under the Ministry’s disaster relief grants, including the clothing grant (up to $1,000 per person), as well as the school supplies grant, which amounts to $700 for primary school children and $1,000 for secondary school children. Through the Social Welfare Division, grants for household items also had been made available.

“The affected families continue to receive counselling and psychosocial support from the Ministry’s National Family Services Division,” the release confirmed.