Randy Ebanks (second right, front) shakes the hand of Douglas Orane, retired business executive, who, along with Food For The Poor, funded the construction of a new house for Ebanks recently. Other persons who helped to build the house are also captured in the photo.
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Food For The Poor Jamaica, in partnership with Douglas Orane, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GraceKennedy Group, will be constructing a two-bedroom house for 64-year-old Castie Anderson, who has been sleeping on the sidewalk of the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) for more than 20 years.
During a visit to KPH by a team from Food For The Poor Jamaica, a security officer and an elderly woman informed them that Castie had been sleeping on cardboard boxes for approximately 20 years and washed her clothing on North Street in downtown Kingston.
According to an advisory from Food For the Poor, Castie said she was living in the Stony Hill area with family members and left because she felt they were taking advantage of her. She gave birth to four children, three of whom were taken by their father.
The fourth child was placed in a foster home after her father died when she was four years old. Castie was unable to prove to the state that she could care for the child, the advisory added.