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Individual of the Year 2020

Community Group of the Year: SEWATT

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SEWA International TT (SewaTT) represents what a non-governmental organisation really should be.

This is according to Sewa-TT chairman Revan Teelucksingh, who said yesterday he was humbled that the organisation's efforts at bringing aid to those in need is being recognised with the Express newspapers' Community Group of the Year award.

The award, which is in its 42nd year, is presented annually to the group or organisation which has made a significant contribution within its communities or nationally.

SewaTT, a relatively new organisation in operation for just seven years, has no doubt impacted thousands of lives not only locally but across the region.

It has truly lived up to its name 'sewa', which comes from the Sanskrit word meaning 'selfless service' and represents the act of performing charity work without any expectation of recognition or acknowledgement in return. Since 2013, this is what SewaTT has been striving to do.

The organisation is completely run by a network of volunteers and financed solely by public donations. It receives no Government assistance, but each year is able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations and relief items, which are distributed to those in need.

Volunteers receive no salary or stipends and often use their own resources to help others, meaning that 100 per cent of funds donated to the organisation is used to provide aid.



Three Opposition MPs are calling on the Government and the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) to have a heart and stop disconnecting the water supply of errant customers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barataria/San Juan MP Saddam Hosein yesterday wrote to WASA’s executive director Lennox Sealey urging him to suspend the drive and display humanity as people are suffering and strapped for cash in the pandemic given the lockdowns.

The same UNC people calling on the Government to instruct WASA to hold its hand on debt collection are the same ones who complain in the Parliament and elsewhere that they constituents are not getting water.

“You cannot have it both ways. You cannot have your cake and eat it,” Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales said yesterday, as he responded to calls from several UNC MPs to grant a moratorium on the payment of water rates and stop its disconnection drive during the pandemic because people are under pressure.

Smooth sailing.

Braving inclement weather, Barataria resident Kenneth Campbell, 84, boasted he had gotten his second Sinopharm vaccine at Barataria Health Centre yesterday.

While awaiting his driver, Campbell, father of late forest ranger Keith Campbell (who was killed in the line of duty in 2016), said: “The first vaccine, I got was from a man. I did not feel it. The second vaccine was from a woman, and I felt it. It went well.”

Starting Wednesday and yesterday, he was among thousands of elderly citizens (age 65 and up) who got vaccines under the Health Ministry’s “Triple E System—the Elderly Express Experience.”

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith is reminding citizens that patrols will be out prior to and during the enforcement of this weekend’s extended curfew.

In a media release issued yesterday, Griffith noted the actions and comments of “social media trained law enforcement experts”, who appeared to be questioning the rationale in implementing roadblocks throughout the country.

Time is critical if you are searching for a missing loved one.

Kelvin Ballantyne had been missing for about three months from his Tobago home before his family members in Trinidad were informed that he had disappeared.

Kelvin, also known as “Redman”, is described by his sister, Cindy Noel, as “one of the most well-known people in Lambeau, and maybe even across the island because of his job as an electrician”.

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