Ministry to assist Moruga fire victim with rebuilding his home

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Ministry to assist Moruga fire victim with rebuilding his home

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services (MSDFS) has pledged to assist a Moruga man with rebuilding his home.

Wendell “Foots” Bobcombe recently lost his Fifth Company Branch Road, Moruga house in a fire.

His common-law wife, Vindie “Popo” Joshua, 57, and his disabled step-daughter, Ayanna Joshua, 32, died at the hospital from injuries sustained in the blaze.

Both had to jump out of a window when the fire began on Sunday.

Since reading about Bobcombes plight in the media, the MSDFS has contacted Bobcombe to offer some assistance.

The National Family Services Division contacted Mr Bobcombe on Wednesday and discovered that he was residing in a tent situated in front of his demolished home at Fifth Company Fifth Branch Road, Moruga.

He explained that he was staying there to secure some plyboard material which he deemed as valuable.

Bobcombe said that the funeral of his late wife and daughter was scheduled for Wednesday, and he needed to receive the Funeral Grant from the Ministry to assist with the funeral arrangements.

The Ministry said, “Though distraught and overwhelmed with his current situation, officers of the National Family Services Division offered to provide the necessary counselling to Mr Bobcombe.”

“He was also assessed by the Ministry’s National Social Development Programme(NSDP) and they are also working with him to provide assistance towards the rebuilding of his home.”

The Ministry said Bobcombe indicated how grateful he was for all the assistance during this difficult period.

He added that he receives clothing and food from his relatives and friends on a daily basis since the incident occurred.

The MSDFS said they continue to follow up on this case and journey with Bobcombe and his family to help them regain some sense of normalcy and a better quality of life.