Two Grand Cayman residents, one in West Bay and the other in East End who were displaced by Hurricane Ivan, each have a new place to call home due to ongoing efforts by the Cayman Islands National Recovery Fund.
‘I am more than pleased with this house and with everything the people at National Recovery Fund have done for me,’ said Enrique Whittaker as he received the keys to a new two-bedroom house last month.
The West Bay house, built by the National Recovery Fund, replaces an old structure completely wiped out by in September 2004, according to a release.
East End resident Shirley Ann Jackson returned home to her district and a brand new house recently. Ms. Jackson had been living in North Side with her daughter following the storm.
‘Sometimes I never imagined that I would be back home. Now this is the best thing that has happened,’ Ms Jackson said, as she welcomed NRF representatives and East End MLA Arden McLean to the house she will occupy with three daughters and two grandchildren.
Two years after Hurricane Ivan inflicted major damage to Grand Cayman’s housing stock, the National Recovery Fund is still busy repairing homes, assisting residents with furniture and household appliances and in many cases erecting new homes where old ones were wiped out or could not be repaired.
In East End, the Fund has completed 12 new homes, built with funding from Susan Olde’s I AM CO charitable trust and the support of the district committee.
On Friday, 13 October along with MLA Arden McLean the Fund broke ground for another house to be rebuilt. In George Town and West Bay, new homes are also slated to be built and the Fund is working on some 26 projects now underway.
Since its inception to provide relief for persons adversely affected by Hurricane Ivan, the non-governmental National Recovery Fund has completed 450 housing repairs/repairs and assisted another 400 families with furniture and household goods. The Fund relies on donations to carry out its work.