ICDN visited families in Paltinite in Barrackpore
Photo : Gowtam Maharaj present hampers on behalf of ICDN
Last Sunday, November 04, 2017 Indo-Caribbean Diaspora News (www.icdn.today) visited the homes of families in Platinite in Barrackpore and presented them with hampers. All smiles, the people were happy to welcome us to their homes. Gowtam Maharaj, no stranger to the people, is also the President of Blue Bird Sport and Cultural Organization. Blue Bird has been among the people for several years and understands well the social challenges facing this rural community.
An isolated community on the Rochard Douglas district most Trinidadians would not be aware of the existence of this village. With more than 60 households, Platinite was a government project to rear beef cattle. Settled in the 1970s, the Project never got off the ground and was soon abandoned. “Despite this, families remained in the Project without roads, lights and water,” said Gowtam. He continued: “It was the effort of a few private individuals that made representations to the authorities and succeeded in getting electricity and water. Until recently there were mud tracks. But the people always showed me high regards. Though poor they are very hospital.”
Recently drains have been developed by the last UNC government. Gowtam is happy for the little that was done but believed that much more could have been achieved. “The residents of Platinite are desperately in need but government after government have failed them,” Gowtam lamented.
ICDN was happy to present hampers to a few needy families in Barrackpore. iCDN promises to do much more to assist in the future wellbeing of the community of Platitnite.
The Blue Bird Sports and Cultural Organization has been working tirelessly with youths. On Sunday 12 November, 2017 Blue Birds will be sponsoring a treat for all children under twelve.
When there is no transport for children to reach the mandir, Blue Bird would normally assist with transport.
Through its on-going outreach programme and the commitment of Blue Birds, the people are hope full that there is going to be better days ahead.
Gowtam, a member of the Board of Management of ICDN.TODAY, was accompanied by Dool Hanomansingh, editor of ICDN and Raj Ramkissoon, a devotee of the Sabamarti Ashram, Whiteland, Williamsville.