Mother of Ikel ‘Marlon’ Emmanuel, the famous Facebook mock-reporter, has said she has no money to bury her son.
Ann Marie Emmanus, a resident of Ciceron, Castries, can hardly get by financially on a daily basis. She sometimes sells items by the market and tries to survive on a monthly stipend working with a children’s home in Ciceron via the NICE (National Initiative to Create Employment) programme. St. Lucia News Online (SNO) understands that the stipend from this programme could be as low as $500 EC per month.
Emmanus had also sought assistance to bury her son from the Welfare Department but an official told St. Lucia News Online that her son was not a member of the Department.
The official explained that persons on the welfare programme normally get a stipend from government based on a budget allocation. The official added that it would be difficult to use those monies to assist in burying persons who are not in the programme as this would deplete their financial resources.
“If we do that we would not have the additional monies to assist people who are part of the programme …,” the official noted.
However, the official has been very helpful in sourcing alternative assistance for burying Emmanuel.
The department was instrumental in communicating with Rambally’s on behalf of Emmanuel’s mother.
Persons desirous of assisting with the burial can visit Rambally’s Funeral Parlour to make donations. The company has agreed to accept the donations.
The burial package is almost $5,400. This includes $1,840 for the public hole; $3,450 – the cheapest burial package at the funeral home and $100 for the cathedral.
Emmanuel died at Victoria Hospital on July 1o. He was 33.