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Construction volunteers sought for Buttram family home

Volunteers involved in the clean-up effort after the Buttram family property burned down last July.
Volunteers involved in the clean-up effort after the Buttram family property burned down last July.

While the Buttram home has started to take shape the family is still in need of help, particularly skilled labour to lay bricks as they move closer to rebuilding their Windsor Park home that was gutted last July.

A volunteer drive has been started on social networking site Facebook to garner support and help for the family and it is being led by business man Matthew Leslie.

This weekend (27 and 28 February) volunteers are being asked to turn out in their numbers to help the family resume rebuilding efforts.

Alwin Buttram, speaking with The Cayman Reporter on Friday (19 February) about the drive, said he welcomed all efforts to help his family get back on their feet and rebuild their home.

“We have been getting help, it is not as fast as we would like it to be. But still we are happy getting help,” Mr Buttram said.

The rubble left after the fire.
The rubble left after the fire.

Last July fire broke out at the Buttram’s family home. The raging inferno ravaged the house in six minutes, rendering the family homeless. Since then Mr Buttram said the family has been living in separate apartments and with relatives.

“The family is still together we just do not live together. But we not making it bother us that the house is burnt down, that happened and gone. We try to stay positive and that we can get it build back as fast as possible, but we do not make it bad for us we just do whatever it takes for us to get back our home,” Mr Buttram lamented.

He said he is grateful that the community has come together to help the family, but now, he said they most pressing need is for volunteers who are skilled labourers.

“We need labour, we need people who can lay blocks. We have a lot of people helping who can mix, but we need skilled people who can lay the blocks. Most of the guys who have been helping mostly come on the weekends and we have to hold up on blocks because of that,” he said.

However he said in the interim his brothers and himself have been running the electrical fixtures and plumbing in the house.

“We do whatever we could do,” Mr Buttram said.

The aftermath of the devastating fire.
The aftermath of the devastating fire.

He said he is hoping that by the end of May the family can move into their new home.

“We have set a deadline, but you know there have been delays of people who cannot make it. Other people have got to work and they are donating their time, he added.

Construction firm Arch & Godfrey has been providing architectural, engineering and project oversight skills in the rebuilding efforts for the Buttrams.

Anyone willing to help the family can call Mr Buttrum at 927-3886.

About Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with over 15 years experience. She was previously employed as a Senior Reporter with the Sunday Guardian, after having spent a number of years at the Trinidad Guardian, San Fernando Bureau. She has worked as Head of News at Heritage Radio 101.7FM in Trinidad and was a part-time journalism and communication lecturer with the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTATT.) She holds an Associate Degree in Journalism and Public Relations and a Bachelor in Mass Communications from COSTAATT.

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