Al-Rawi finds a home for Stacy

In four months sin­gle moth­er Sta­cy Valasquez and her son should be mov­ing in­to their new home in Mara­bel­la.

The as­sur­ance came from San Fer­nan­do West MP and At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi in a let­ter to Con­cerns Mus­lims of T&T, the group which has been as­sist­ing the moth­er and son for the past six months.

Im­me­di­ate­ly af­ter Valasquez predica­ment that she and her son were liv­ing in the pavil­ion of the Mara­bel­la Bas­ket­ball Court was high­light­ed in this news­pa­per, the group came to their as­sis­tance.

The group rent­ed an apart­ment in Kel­ly Vil­lage, Ca­roni, for them for six months.

About a week ago the group’s PRO Im­ti­az Mo­hammed ex­pressed frus­tra­tion and con­cern that the rental arrange­ment would be ex­pir­ing this month and each at­tempt at speak­ing or meet­ing with Al-Rawi has been un­suc­cess­ful.

How­ev­er, Mo­hammed said on Tues­day Al- Rawi con­tact­ed him via phone and on Wednes­day sent him a let­ter com­mit­ting to as­sist­ing Valasquez and her son, but re­quest­ed more time.

As a re­sult, Mo­hammed said his group will con­tin­ue pay­ing rent for Valasquez un­til Sep­tem­ber.

In the let­ter, Al-Rawi com­mend­ed the group’s con­tin­ued en­deav­ours in char­i­ta­ble and phil­an­thropic en­ter­prise and their de­ci­sion to help Valasquez and her son.

Al-Rawi said they were hop­ing that Valasquez can ben­e­fit from their Hous­ing Vil­lage Im­prove­ment Pro­gram (HVIP) un­der the Land Set­tle­ment Agency, pro­vid­ed that all the cri­te­ria are met.

He ex­plained that HVIP is a nov­el project to im­prove the liv­ing con­di­tions for the most vul­ner­a­ble and im­pov­er­ished per­sons in the Mara­bel­la Train Line/Bayshore/Pak­istan com­mu­ni­ty.

He said they have com­menced works for 30 fam­i­lies in that com­mu­ni­ty and the project is on the sec­ond stage for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. He said more units are to be built.

“We are mak­ing every en­deav­our to as­sist her in this re­gard but do be­lieve that it will be at least an­oth­er three months be­fore we can ad­vance con­crete so­lu­tions. In the cir­cum­stances and as per­sons/en­ti­ties both in­volved in char­i­ta­ble and phil­an­thropic en­ter­prise I humbly grave your or­gan­i­sa­tion’s con­tin­ued as­sis­tance for Ms Valasquez un­til Sep­tem­ber 2019.”

At­tempts to reach Valasquez on her cell­phone were un­suc­cess­ful.

 - by Sascha Wilson. Photo by Rishi Ragoonath.

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