Scotia ‘Build a Home’ selects mom with four daughters

After more than a decade of living in an abandoned factory and then a bottom flat with her four daughters, Althea Boucher will finally have a place to call her home, thanks to the contributions of Habitat for Humanity and Scotiabank.

Under the ‘Build a Home’ promotion, Boucher and her daughters earned themselves a $2 million home in Parfait Harmonie, West Bank Demerara after being chosen by Habitat for Humanity because of their disadvantaged circumstances and inability to obtain a home without assistance.

The promised home will contain two bedrooms and should be completed by early next year for Boucher and her daughters Rachel, 15; Alicia, 14; Allison, 12, and Ashley, 7. However, Habitat for Humanity is still appealing to the public for support in adding a third room to the home to cater to the family’s needs, especially since the daughters are of different ages. An appeal was also made to the public for the provision of home furnishing items for the Boucher family.

Jennifer Cipriani of Scotiabank (far left) hands over a symbolic $2 million cheque to the youngest of Althea Boucher’s four daughters as the proud mother, her other three daughters and a Habitat for Humanity representative look on.
Jennifer Cipriani of Scotiabank (far left) hands over a symbolic $2 million cheque to the youngest of Althea Boucher’s four daughters as the proud mother, her other three daughters and a Habitat for Humanity representative look on.

The job of construction will be undertaken by the non-governmental organisation along with Scotiabank and the First Assembly of God Church, which also provided financing for the home’s construction. The majority of tasks such as painting and yard work will be completed by volunteers of the three establishments.

The woman thanked the entities for their impact in her life and praised God for blessing her. She revealed that having been through a lot in her life, she appreciated the home more than ever.

Her daughters were also given an opportunity to thank the involved bodies and tearfully did so. According to a Habitat for Humanity representative, the initiative aims at providing bright futures for children in difficult circumstances.

The ‘Build a Home’ partnership began in March 2013 and saw Amanda Anthony, a widowed disabled mother of two, as its first beneficiary.

This year, funding was provided to Scotiabank in Guyana through the Scotiabank ‘Bright Future’ Programme which allows the bank’s clients to apply to the bank’s Toronto head office for corporate funding to support large-scale charity projects.

According to Jennifer Cipriani, Marketing Manager of Scotiabank, the partnership is set to continue for at least two more years.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the Boucher family’s new home will take today at the proposed site.

More in Local News

Carlton Chaitram, Tameshwar Jagmohan and Jairam Chaitram, 17, being escorted out of the Mibicuri Police Station.

Cops to charge trio over Black Bush murders

Police are preparing to charge a farmer, his teenaged son and an employee with last week’s  brutal Black Bush triple murder.

default placeholder

Over 100 passport applications received from NY weekly

Over 100 passport applications are being received from New York alone on a weekly basis and this has placed pressure on the Central Immigration and Passport Office, Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix says.

default placeholder

Granger defends hiring former army officers for civilian posts

President David Granger “sees nothing wrong” with the appointment of retired or serving military officers to civilian posts and maintains that the appointments are being made based on competence.

David Outar

Co-worker charged with murdering Gafoor’s manager

A co-worker of murdered Gafoor’s manager Terry Lackhan was yesterday remanded to prison after being charged with killing him. In a city courtroom that was packed with Lackhan’s relatives and police, David Outar, 24, of 369 Foulis, East Coast Demerara, was not required to plead to the charge, which stated that on July 21, at Herstelling, East Bank Demerara, he murdered Lackhan during the course or furtherance of a robbery.

Bibi Safoora Salim

Woman freed of charges over Facebook death threat to President

Bibi Safoora Salim, the woman who allegedly made death threats to President David Granger on Facebook, was yesterday freed of the charges.

default placeholder

Gov’t to address nurse shortage – Health Minister

A shortage of nurses at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) has been confirmed by Public Health Minister, Dr. George Norton who told GINA that the government and his ministry are working towards solving the problem.


About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: