Cruisers help Cayman rebuild

Two groups of volunteers who arrived in Grand Cayman on cruise ships on Wednesday January 10 and 17 spent their vacation time helping the National Recovery Fund and other charitable organizations with various community projects.

The volunteers were part of a mission cruise organized by Don Shire Ministries based in White Lake, Wisconsin, USA. Their local activities were coordinated by Youth for Christ.

On Wednesday, 10 January, a total of 50 volunteers visited Grand Cayman; some worked with the National Recovery Fund at a home on Martin Drive, George Town. There they painted the interior and exterior of the house and cleaned up the yard. Some members of the group also visited Her Majesty’s Prison – Northward – and organized a puppet show for children at the Prospect Primary School.

A week later, another group again signed up with the National Recovery Fund and spent their day painting the interior of a home at Orange Drive, Prospect. Both homes are projects that the NRF has repaired as part of its hurricane housing recovery programme.

Spokesperson for the first group, Brett Carter said that prior to docking in Grand Cayman, his group had visited Belize and Roatan, Honduras, where they had done similar community service. ‘We feel this is a rewarding way of seeing the Caribbean and being able to touch lives by helping people,’ he stated. ‘It’s a great chance to show some love from the US.’ Mr. Carter was accompanied by his wife and 11-year-old son who were also part of the work team.

Aileen Samuel, Special Projects coordinator with the National Recovery Fund, expressed the Fund’s appreciation to the volunteers.

‘This is an unselfish act on the part of these visitors who choose to spend their vacation helping others. Obviously the Fund is pleased to be a beneficiary of their service as it helps two families to return to fully restored homes,’ she said.

Ms Samuels presented the volunteers with Hurricane Ivan DVDs and ribbons of appreciation from the NRF.