Prime Minister Gaston Browne Presents Gift of Home to Needy Family

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In a heartwarming ceremony earlier today, Prime Minister Gaston Browne presided over the handover of a newly constructed home to a deserving family as part of the government’s Happy Program.

The beneficiary, identified as the Audy family from Villa, received not only a home but also furnishings valued at approximately $170,000.

During his remarks, Prime Minister Browne emphasized the importance of generosity and charity in building a great nation. He quoted Corinthians 1:13:13, highlighting the significance of hope, faith, and love, with charity being an expression of love.

The Prime Minister stressed that his administration is dedicated to ensuring that no family falls through the cracks, and government intervention is necessary to uplift the poorest of the poor.

The Audy family’s journey to homeownership began when tragedy struck a few years ago, leaving them without shelter.

Prime Minister Browne recounted the dire conditions they faced, devoid of basic amenities such as water and electricity. The government swiftly stepped in, making a commitment to provide the family with a new home.

The presented property, along with its furnishings, represents a tangible example of the government’s commitment to social housing.

Prime Minister Browne underlined that this initiative is part of a broader effort to assist communities at all levels, from the poorest to those aspiring to join the middle class.

Moreover, the Prime Minister announced an increase in funding for the Happy Program, allocating an additional $5 million to further support social housing projects.

He detailed plans to enhance communities by introducing climate-resilient homes, providing solar panels for energy efficiency, and planting fruit trees as part of a zero hunger program.

Prime Minister Browne also called for the collaboration of various ministries to beautify communities with ornamental plants and trees. He emphasized the importance of maintaining cleanliness and urged beneficiaries to take pride in their homes and surroundings.

As the ceremony unfolded, Kings Casino joined the celebration by presenting the family with a housewarming gift—a television for their new home. Expressing gratitude for the community’s involvement, the Prime Minister wished all citizens a Merry Christmas and looked forward to a promising 2024.

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