Staff and residents of the Frances Bodden Girls Home recently enjoyed a retreat to Cayman Brac thanks to support from Digicel and other local businesses.
During the trip, participants sampled several planned activities including boat trips, island tours, hiking and swimming.
According to a release from Digicel, the retreat was organised to reward the residents for improved demeanour during the summer holidays in keeping with the facility’s set behavioural objectives.
The Cays Foundation Frances Bodden Girls Home is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to empowering at risk youth and their families. The facility provides comprehensive care through many educational programmes and activities. It houses 10 young girls, between 12 and 16 years old, guided by a group of staff in a caring and nurturing environment.
Cays Foundation Care Manager, Maureen Jervis Brooks said, ‘I would like to express sincere thanks to Digicel and the other sponsors who willingly and generously donated funds to make this very enjoyable and rewarding trip possible. As the young ladies continue to work on achieving their objectives, we hope to be able to continue to reward them with trips to other exciting places.’
Those sentiments where echoed by the home’s Deputy House Manager, Grace Bryan. She said, ‘The trip was a terrific experience. The girls thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the retreat as they were able to learn so much about their own culture and heritage.’
Speaking on behalf of one retreat’s main donors, Digicel’s Senior Marketing Executive Ms Gemma McLaughlin added that the telecom, ‘… is always happy to assist organisations… who aim to give so generously to children in unfortunate circumstances [and]… to support community programmes that assist in the overall development of our youth.’