Mom of four gets house after Observer story
Dreckette (front row, far right) and her family with representatives from BCIC, Food For The Poor and Public Health Inspector Shavine Rose (back row, far right). (Photos: Akera Davis)

MONEAGUE, St Ann — In January, Ishamara Dreckette and her four children had no toilet inside their dilapidated house in Clapham, Moneague that was falling down around them. Now they have a new two-bedroom, one-bathroom house with a second sanitary facility outside for good measure.

The house was donated by British Caribbean Insurance Company (BCIC), which worked in conjunction with Food For The Poor. The extra toilet, built outside for use before the new house was ready, was funded through a GoFundMe launched by Public Health Inspector Shavine Rose. It was her way of helping the family after their matriarch was hauled before the courts for 'parachuting', a breach of the Public Health Act and the Public Health Nuisance Regulation. Parachuting is a well-known method, in communities that do not have access to toilets, of depositing faeces in bags which are then thrown onto other people's premises.

The family's plight was highlighted by the Sunday Observer on January 9 with an appeal to donate to the GoFundMe campaign to generate funds for a toilet. BCIC saw the article and decided to do much more.

"For our 60th anniversary we decided to go with an ethos of giving back and pour into Jamaica. Miss Dreckette's situation was quite touching when we read the backstory. Being a part of something where we can see tangible and real change take place is exactly the kind of thing that we want to be a part of," said BCIC Sponsorship and Public Relations Executive Evan Dixon.

Dreckette and her family are ecstatic.

"Mi end up with one bathroom inside because of the new house and the other one outside. God is so good to me and mi can't tell you how happy I am," she told the Observer during the handover ceremony on Thursday.

"The girls them happy and they can't stop talking about the new house. We don't have to do what we normally do, because it was not nice. Normally in the other house I would have to lean up the beds and stay in one corner when it rain. When I cook, water would be dropping in the pot from the ceiling. Mi use to cry but thank God I don't have to go through that again," she said.

Now when it rains, she often laughs.

"Sometime when the rain a fall I hear them saying, 'Mommy, see nowhere not leaking'. Mi just have to laugh," said Dreckette.

The journey has also been a life-changing one for Rose who feels a sense of accomplishment, having impacted the lives of so many. Dreckette is 27; her children are 12, seven, one and three years old.

"It means a lot to me. I am happy to see how happy its makes them, especially the girls. They have wanted this for some time now, the ability to have privacy to sleep comfortably in their home," she told the Observer.

Dreckette agreed.

"My big daughter especially happy for the house because she have her own room right now. So when she come from school she have somewhere to do her homework," she said.

— Akera Davis

The dilapidated old house where the family once lived.
The new house, courtesy of British Caribbean Insurance Company
Akera Davis

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at


  1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper; email addresses will not be published.
  2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.
  3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.
  4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.
  5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:
  6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:
  7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy