Sunday 12 July, 2020

FFP exploring options to assist woman living in deplorable conditions

Food For The Poor’s social outreach coordinators Kimberley Anderson (second right) and Shanah Archibald (second left); along with communications manager Petri-Ann Henry (right) question Tamika Saunders about the assistance she needs. Saunders has been living in deplorable conditions in Denham Town, Kingston for years. (Photos: Job Nelson)

Food For The Poor’s social outreach coordinators Kimberley Anderson (second right) and Shanah Archibald (second left); along with communications manager Petri-Ann Henry (right) question Tamika Saunders about the assistance she needs. Saunders has been living in deplorable conditions in Denham Town, Kingston for years. (Photos: Job Nelson)

Food For The Poor Jamaica (FFP) says it is exploring options to provide assistance to Denham Town resident Tamika Saunders, who has been living in deplorable conditions for years.

A team from the charity visited Saunders Wednesday morning, following a Loop News article which brought attention to her plight.

During the visit, the FFP team quizzed Saunders and other members of the west Kingston community about the assistance she needs. 

During the discussions, it was revealed that Saunders was recently assaulted and suffered a wound to her head by someone whom she said is her friend. 

Food For The Poor’s social outreach coordinators Kimberley Anderson (right) and Shanah Archibald (centre) hand Tamika Saunders parcels containing items of food and toiletries on Wednesday in Denham Town.

Saunders lives in a one-room dwelling without a bathroom and kitchen. She goes days without eating anything sometimes.

According to the members of the Food For The Poor team, the visit on Wednesday was to gather information, to ascertain the help the organisation can offer to Saunders.

"For any cases like this that comes to our attention, we talk to the person, talk to other persons and interact with everyone to get a sense of what are the needs," Susan Moore, FFP Director Recipient Services, told Loop News.

A despondent Tamika Saunders at her home during a Loop News visit last week. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

"We (then) go in (to the office), present what it is that we have found and then we look to see if resources are available within and which partners we need to bring on board and see the level of support we can give from the resources available to us," she added.

During the visit, the Food For The Poor representatives also surveyed the premises that Saunders calls home and also provided her with food and toiletries.

Saunders was not staying at the premises on Wednesday, but was at the home of a friend of her mother, where she has been since being injured. 

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