Eliud Mathurin, a single father of three whose Cas En Bas, Gros Islet home was demolished on court order last week, has been receiving support from the public.
That support is evidently growing as Clarita Emmanuel, a St. Lucian residing in the US, has embarked on a drive to raise funds for the single father and his children who are reportedly still unable to attend school due to the incident.
Emmanuel, who is originally from Laborie but residing in San Francisco, said she was touched by Mathurin’s unfortunate incident and hence decided to lend a hand.
She is therefore soliciting donations from St. Lucians living in the US via the website gofundme.com/39upvg.
Her friend, Bynta Ernest, who resides here, is also in on the initiative and will ensure that the funds get to the family.
“I don’t know the details of the family land dispute but it is clear that three innocent children don’t have a home to go to, a bed to sleep in or the necessities needed on a daily basis. Based on the news reports, the children are not able to attend school because of the current situation,” Emmanuel states on the website.
“My heart goes out to the family and I sincerely hope that those who are able will donate to the family so that they can get back on their feet. As a St. Lucian living abroad, I wanted a facility to be able to donate to the family and I thought that there are other St. Lucians or friends out there who would also like to donate. The online fundraising service takes a service fee for their services. Other than that, all funds will go to the family,” the website further stated.
The accumulated funds will eventually be handed over to Mathurin.
Emmanuel can be reached by telephone at 408-475-0658.