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Keith Francis right receives his hamper from councillor Rishi Balramsingh at his office in Gulf View

Sascha Wilson

Lamenting that the poor man usually suffers the most under lockdown restrictions, a councillor says there

are a lot of depressed areas within his area of Les Efforts West/La Romaine area where families need help.

With resources pooled from residents, family and friends, councillor Rishi Balramsingh distributed food hampers to 77 residents at his San Fernando office on Wednesday.

He also gave out five electronic devices to assist with online classes and several grocery vouchers from the San Fernando City Corporation.

In adherence with the COVID-19 regulations, the residents were given specific times to collect their packages to avoid any congregation.

Noting that there’s a perception that residents within his district are well off, he said that is not the case as there are several depressed areas.

“We have a list of 77 families today who is it in some need or the other, be it grocery items, baby supplies, devices so today in collaboration with the San Fernando City Corporation and a lot of kind generous residents of Gulf View and Coconut Drive I was able to put this event together today.”

Although this will bring immediate relief to some residents, he said when the hampers and vouchers are used up in about a week or two the families will be back to square one.

He added that there are several children who still need electronic devices to access their school work.

Noting that it is difficult for people to keep giving from their pocket under these challenging circumstances, he complained that the social grants are not reaching the most vulnerable.

Balramsingh said he could count on his hand how many residents in his district who received grants after they applied last year.