Foster parent of seven loses home in fire – Ministry of Social Protection to assist

Georgetown, Guyana – (September 28, 2016) The Ministry of Social Protection would be assisting Ms. Gloria Downer, a foster mother of seven, who lost her home in a fire last weekend.

Mrs. Downer, who lived at No. 78 Village, Corriverton, Region Six said that she is unaware of the origin of the fire, as she was not at home at the time it started and only noticed her house engulfed in black smoke on her way home from the market. At present she and her foster children are staying at a neighbour’s house since she lost everything in the fire. According to the woman, her neighours have been assisting them with food and clothing, but she needs support to procure supplies for the children to return to school and to provide a home for them.

Minister Lawrence committed to helping her and noted that she will work with the Ministry of Housing to see how best her housing need could be accommodated.

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