Fitzroy Levy a blind beggar man from Warminster, St. Elizabeth Jamaica; while giving a recount of the fatal day he lost his sight, gives praises to The Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) program and the people of Mandeville for their assistance.
Fitzroy who is in his mid-thirties; when asked how he cares for his three kids, said that the PATH program has played an integral role in assisting financially with the education of his children. “Yuh know seh dem deh pon di PATH mummy. PATH send di two girls a school mummy, mi live wid mi sista odda wise to, suh mi have mi sista dem weh part taker a dem but di PATH help dem mummy, send dem guh to school and everyting.”
Levy who has been blind for over fifteen (15) years said that he and the kind hearted people of Mandeville have been caring for his two daughters and his son ever since their mother left them. “Yuh know seh everywhere mi guh di nicest treatment mi get a Mandeville mummy. Everywhere which part mi travel and guh a Mandeville is the nicest place to mi.”
He further stated that he has never experienced a situation where he was treated unfairly. “Di people dem tek care a mi mummy. Far everytime mi come pon di road mi always have somebody a look out fi mi and tek care a mi.”
Despite his disability, Fitzroy says life would be a whole lot better for him if he could eliminate his biggest problem. “Mi biggest problem weh mi wud a have mummy, di biggest problem weh mi wud a have a inna mi belly, anytime mi hungry, a deh suh mi feel a way. Far a chree ting mi caah manage. Mi caah manage hungry and mi caah manage pain and mi caah manage problem but from dem chree ting deh alright mi gud to go mummy. Long as mi naah feel nuh pain mi nuh have nuh problem and mi don’t hungry mi alright.”
Fitzroy Levy while reminiscing, disclosed that he lost his sight because of a bad choice that he made within a couple of seconds. “Mi don’t born blind, is a girl bring mi guh some weh and man chop mi up blind mi. Is a girl mi meet and him bring mi to him area and man chop mi up blind mi. Him did have a kid wid him already but she seh him and him did leave but di man coming like him nuh done wid him. Mi just meet har mummy, she live bout chree mile from my area, mi come from Wamista and she live a North Hampton.”
Fitzroy who was once a farmer is adamant that if he should ever regain his sight, he would go back to the one thing he loves beside his children. “If mi did a si outta mi eye now mummy back, mi wud a guh back inna mi farming far mi did love mi farming mummy. Farming and plant peanut and dem suppen deh.”
Levy is asking for a little help. “Yuh know seh right now believe mi seh honest to yuh mummy yuh know seh di only ting mi seh mi wud a need mummy if mi get some gears fi me and di kids dem mummy.”
For those who are interested in assisting Mr. Fitzroy Levy, he can be found at the corner of Manchester Cooperative Credit Union located on South Race course Road especially on a Monday.
By: Vanessa M. Daley