05 February 2014 11:34

 A five-member family who due to dire financial circumstances was forced to live in a former kiosk for three years is getting a home and a new life thanks to the personal involvement of President Anastasiades.
The Michael family yesterday had a meeting with the Social Welfare Office and procedures began for finding a home in Xylotimbou village for them to rent which will be paid for by the state.
The poverty-stricken family will also have more support from the state such as welfare benefits, while their daughter Kyriaki, who is a student in Nicosia will get state funding.
At the instruction of President Anastasiades, other problems concerning the family will be looked at including how their former home was deemed unsuitable.
Following a report in Phileleftheros newspaper, President Anastasiades contacted the reporter and expressed his personal shock about the hardship endured by the Michael family.
Requesting more information about them, Anastasiades said he wanted to see to the matter personally in association with Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou.
“I can’t believe this is happening. The President of the Republic has time for simple citizens and their problems. He personally calls them at their homes and asks whether they are ok. I will say it in school, to my friends and the whole world,” said 17-year-old Loucas Michael.
An hour after the President’s call to Philelefheros, the Welfare Office visited the Michael family at his instructions and those of the Labour Minister.
A Welfare Officer recorded their while father Michalis Michael received a second phone call from President Anastasiades.
The President was told of the successful efforts by the Welfare Office which offered them a chance of a new life.
“Thank God. I thank President Anastasiades, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou, Labour Ministry press officer Antigoni Louca, the Welfare Office and everyone else who has helped,” said Michalis.
“Mr President, I thank you very much for everything you have done for me today. Now that it has been explained to me I hope God will keep you well so that you will do good things in our country,” he told President Anastasiades during their telephone conversation.
The Michael family has a son in the army and another son who immigrated to the UK to find work in order to support the family.


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