Singh, Kamaldai is finally receiving a lot of housing after two decades

The PRESIDENT, Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, their Christmas gift to two women, on Tuesday, after he waived all the fees and expense involved with their house a lot when he learned they had applied for a plot of land over two decades ago.
The beneficiaries were Patsy Singh, 64, a mother of six, who had been waiting more than 25 years for a plot of land. She was allocated a lot in Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara (WCD) while much was allocated to Kamaldai (the only given name) in Ann Catherina.
Both women applied for land in 1993 but could not secure many houses.
They received their house lots at the Government’s ‘Dream Realized Housing Drive 2020’ held Tuesday at the National Track and Field Center, Leonora, West Coast Demerara, Region Three.

Minister for Housing and Water, Collin Croal, in deep discussion with
Kamaldai after receiving her document (CHPA photo)

Housing and Water Minister Collin Croal made the presentations to the women on behalf of the President.
The outreach ended Wednesday with over 1,000 house lots being delivered at the two-day event hosted by the Ministry of Housing.
President Ali decided to waive the fees and costs after the women’s condition came to their attention.

Patsy Singh said she believes her dreams of home ownership have gone up in flames after the ministry building on Homestretch Avenue was engulfed by a fire in 2001.
She recalled her frustrations as a single parent when visiting the ministry repeatedly, only to be told that there was no record of her application.
“They tell me I have to apply again and I’m still applying and they let me come and go, and I can’t because I had to work to support my children. So I just let it down like that, ”the mother of six explained.

After decades of desperation, she now owns many houses in Cornelia Ida, Demerara West Coast. Singh gladly thanked the President for his unexpected intervention.
Meanwhile, Kamaldai acquired a house lot in Anna Catherina, WCD. The woman, after applying in 1993, said she received a lot in 1995 under the tenure of the late President, Dr. Cheddi Jagan.

The lot he received was in Sophia. However, her dreams of home ownership seemed to disappear after she was forced off her land by squatters.
“My lot number was lot 648 and Dr. Jagan himself that lot number for me; and in 1997, the squatters take him away and since then I’ve run for a lot of houses and always get rejected …. That’s how I collect to rent a house, ”he said.
Kamaldai recalled waiting outside the ministry office in the early hours of the morning hoping to get a chance to talk to a minister or get some kind of help from staff.

On Tuesday, she received an unexpected call from the ministry asking her to attend the Dream Realized event and bring all her relevant documents.
“I feel very happy after waiting so long, and I love it, and I thank the President and the ministers and all the workers, and I wish everyone a happy holiday. I want to thank the President a million and one times, Kamaldai said.