Folks know them as the boys who reside beneath the St Mary bridge. And for Daniel Stewart and Nicholas Rowe they’d like to have that state of affairs modified rapidly.
The uncomfortable environment during which they sleep at night time – out within the chilly air, on the mercy of mosquitoes who proliferate within the Llanrumney stream, a tributary of the Pagee River and watched by goats by day – has made them more durable. However they are going to inform you that they need significantly better out of life.
Stewart, from close by Heywood Corridor, and Rowe, initially from Spanish City, have been feted on Thursday by their buddy and confidante Wyatt Williams, quickly after his interval of quarantine ended after his return from the USA the place the Icons of Annotto Bay charity group founder and president resides.
They obtained garments, sanitary provides, together with cleaning soap, and rushed nearly instantly, upon receipt of the gadgets, to a watery celebration nearly like a baptism, in a shallow part of the river.
Washed off, dried, and altered, the boys have been taken on a 10-minute drive to Port Maria the place they have been handled to extra gadgets of clothes and footwear at Sinclair’s Cut price Centre, courtesy of Rock River, St Mary-born, Williams. They subsequent visited a barber store to shave their beards, although conserving their locks, and acquired meals on the comparatively new Portland Jerk Centre within the city.
There was joyful laughter all spherical. However one factor that rested on the minds of the few in attendance was: Can the boys get someplace snug to reside?
“These males deserve higher,” mentioned Williams, a former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Pressure who’s extensively often called Spur.
“I want I had land someplace close to right here that I may very well be a part of a challenge to construct a home for them. Can the parish council do one thing for them? Can the Authorities do one thing for them? Is there anybody within the non-public sector who may come to the rescue of those males and even donate a chunk of land to place up a construction for them?” he requested.
Quickly, it was time to burst the boys’s bubble. With nowhere else to go however again beneath the bridge, Stewart and Rowe, boxed lunches in hand, slipped over the quick facet of the prolonged wall, because the short-term higher-than-normal life ended.
“That is probably the most painful half for me,” Williams mentioned. “It is all good to take them to purchase garments, groom them, and get meals for them, however each time I come to Jamaica and go to them, it’s troublesome for me to stroll away and depart them beneath that bridge. I’m interesting to individuals who can help them, to take action. We will all perform a little, in order that in the long run it provides as much as large issues for them.”
Williams mentioned that he felt much more involved concerning the well being of the boys, as they didn’t appear to be as robust as when he final noticed them in January of this 12 months.
“It might be good if a health care provider can see them, particularly Nicholas, who seems to be weaker now. If docs on the market can volunteer their companies to see what is occurring within the males’s lives that will be appreciated. I do know that typically, even for a whole day, they don’t eat something, and as diet is so vital, that may very well be one of many the reason why it appears their well being is deteriorating,” Williams mentioned.
Stewart, the extra vocal of the 2, additionally mentioned that any additional help that may very well be provided to him and his buddy could be vastly appreciated. “We’d actually love just a little place to reside in, and get some meals extra usually,” he mentioned. “We glad fi di meals and di garments wa we get right this moment although.”
As the 2 went again to their bases, Rowe muttered: “We caa carry on dem new garments ya you nuh, as a result of we caa mek dem get soiled.”
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