Almost two years after Hurricane Ivan destroyed her home at Breezy Way, George Town, Dulcie Rankin finally has hopes of getting back to the place she had lived for many years.
With a donation of US$75,000 to the National Recovery Fund to ‘adopt’ and restore this home, KPMG has enabled the start of construction works to the house, which lost its roof and just about everything else inside, said a NRF press release.
The rebuilding project is being undertaken by Moore’s Construction, one of several local contractors that the Fund has been using to carry out repair and rebuilding work to the many houses that it has restored since September 2004.
Representatives from KPMG along with the Fund’s Executive Director Dr. Mark Laskin and Director of Marketing and Development Cynthia Arie visited Ms. Dulcie’s Breezy Way home last month to meet Ms Rankin and talk with the contractor in order to make the final arrangements prior to the start of reconstruction. Work began 26 June and is expected to be completed within eight to 10 weeks.
Ms Arie stated that she was very happy that Ms Rankin has finally been able to receive financial assistance in order to get back into a home of her own, as she has been living with her brother. ‘We are so pleased that KPMG has stepped in and adopted this house. They will see it through until it is completed and Ms Dulcie is resettled in her home,’ she noted.
Overcome with joy, Ms. Rankin thanked the KPMG and NRF teams for their support and expressed her delight at the prospect of getting back to the home that she will share with her daughter and youngest son.
The donation by KPMG, which is specifically allocated to this house, brings new momentum to the NRF’s programme to persuade corporate citizens and local businesses to Adopt-a-Home and thereby speed up the process of providing suitable housing conditions for Cayman’s elderly and infirm, families with young children and those most in need of assistance.
‘KPMG is proud to be the first firm to adopt a home in the National Recovery Fund programme,’ said Simon Whicker, Partner at KPMG. ‘When looking into our involvement with the project we were amazed to discover that there are still 300 homes needing repairs after over 18 months since Ivan. As we all make our preparations for the 2006 hurricane season it is of great concern that there are still people recovering from Ivan. The Adopt-a-Home programme is a great way for sponsors to see, clearly and transparently, the results of their contributions.’
The NRF’s Adopt-a-Home initiative will be a main focus of its efforts to raise funds for housing repairs and rebuilding over the next six months. Under the programme, prospective donors are invited to provide support through three different levels of sponsorship – full, partial and shared.
Companies like KPMG, who opt to contribute under the specifications of full sponsorship, donate funds in the range of $75,000 and have the opportunity to invest volunteer work on the house post-construction, helping with jobs such as painting, landscaping, yard cleaning and moving furniture.
‘After 40 years on the island, KPMG continues to value the role we play in helping our local community with not just financial aid but also human resource. Our staff will have the opportunity to assist with the repairs and see the difference they can make to the community in which they live,’ stated Roy McTaggart, Senior Partner at KPMG.
As part of KPMG’s donation, the funds will have double the impact because of the Dart Foundation’s generous gift to match corporate donations up to US$500,000. ‘We at KPMG encourage other corporate sponsors to take this opportunity and also adopt a home,’ added Mr. Whicker.
Partial sponsorship entails contribution of 25, 50, or 75 per cent of construction costs as well as the opportunity to invest volunteer work after the house is completed.
Shared sponsorship requires a partnership of community groups to raise funds and donate labour in order to meet the cost of construction and work needed for completion. Both the shared and the partial sponsorship options require that the NRF will need to identify sources for the full cost of construction or repairs before work begins on a home.
Earlier this year, Digicel, with a donation of $50,000, adopted the George Town home of elderly resident Doris Mejia. The funds provided her with a new home, in which she has been residing since April.
For further information on the National Recovery Fund’s Adopt-a-Home Programme, please contact Cynthia Arie at 943-3863.