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MAY PEN, Clarendon – The lives of a mother and her three children have been transformed following the gift of a new two-bedroom house from aid agency Food For The Poor-Jamaica and its donors.

“I can sleep comfortably now, and I don’t have to worry about the rain falling,” said Cassandra Francis, after moving into her new house.

“I love everything about it,” she said with a big smile on her face.

A news release said Francis and her children had found life in their old vacated, dilapidated house very challenging.

“We used to live in an old-time cob house, the walls started falling apart and the roof leaked — a lot,” she said.

In an effort to keep everything dry when it rained, Francis said she had to put the beds up to protect the mattresses. She was concerned about her family’s security and privacy and that she had no proper bathroom or kitchen.

Currently, her 18-year-old son is seeking employment, and her eight-year-old daughter attends primary school in Frankfield. Francis also has a younger daughter, not yet three.

“The kids are so happy now, and I especially enjoy the bathroom!” Francis shared.

Francis feels she can plan for the future in her new home. While she currently does some subsistence farming, such as growing callaloo, tomatoes and other crops, she’s looking at other ways to boost her family’s income.

“I would like to take care of my family better, I would like to keep chickens,” she said.

But one important part of her dream already has come true.

“It has always been my dream to own my own home,” said Francis. “Words can’t explain how I feel. I’m feeling so thankful and grateful to Food For The Poor,” she said.

Food For The Poor has built more than 35,000 homes in Jamaica with the help of private donations.

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