Hinterland housing programme: “My living condition will be much better” – new homeowner

…as Yarakinta, Nappi residents get new homes

The livelihoods of 20 families from the communities of Yarakinta and Nappi in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) have been significantly uplifted, as they received keys to their new homes through the Hinterland Housing Programme.

Some of the beneficiaries of the new homes in Yarakinta and Nappi, Region Nine

As part of the hinterland initiative, the government has committed to building 400 houses in Regions One, Seven, Eight, and Nine to provide sustainable housing to vulnerable families.
The 20 by 25 feet houses cost approximately $3 million each, and were built utilising materials and labour sourced from the area. The homes are constructed at no cost to the beneficiaries. The Ministry collaborated with the Village Council to select the families.
During his outreach to Region Nine, Housing and Water Minister, Collin Croal officially handed over the homes to 10 families in both communities, on Saturday.
One of the beneficiaries of Nappi, Winston Marcello expressed immense gratitude for being provided with a new house. He told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the gift means a lot to his family.
“I want to thank the government for bringing this housing programme to the region, especially in Nappi for the first time,” Marcello expressed.
Also, from Nappi, Grace Melville is overjoyed since her children will be comfortably accommodated in their new home.
“My living condition will be much better than before,” Melville added.
Another beneficiary, Regina Jonas now finds relief in her new home, given that her previous living conditions were unsatisfactory.
Meanwhile, Croal emphasised that close to $700 million is currently being spent on the hinterland housing programme.
He indicated that a total of 120 of these houses are currently under construction in Region Nine.
The blocks and other building materials were sourced directly from the community and Lethem.
The first ten houses were handed over to flood-affected families in Kokerite Hill in Region One last November.
The residents were also enlightened about the government’s extensive plans for enhanced development in the region.
Nappi is among the communities that will soon receive cassava to improve production in the Rupununi area, following the recent commitment made by President Dr Irfaan Ali.