The last of the houses to be built in East End by the Cayman Islands National Recovery Fund, and the East End District Community with support from the IAMCO Company was completed recently and handed over to Edna Smith, the homeowner.
The occasion drew a strong contingent of East End neighbours, more than a dozen women, many of them family members of Ms Smith, who turned the handover into a mid-morning social gathering with song and prayer and commendations to MLA Arden McLean for his role in ensuring the construction and completion of the project.
For the women, it was clear that Ms Smith was something of a community project, as they all vowed to keep an eye on her so that she would stay at home to enjoy the comfort of the neat one-bedroom cottage, which was built by contractor, The House Doctor owner Owen Rankine.
Ms Smith’s sister, Hazel Scott, addressed the gathering to thank everyone involved from start to finish for providing the new home. She cited the supportive role of Mr. McLean and NRF’s Special Projects Officer Aileen Samuel and Project Manager, Ludlow Buckeridge.
Ms Smith said she was pleased with the house and promised to take good care of it.
Mr. McLean noted that the completion of the house marked the winding down of the repairing and rebuilding of East End’s hurricane-damaged houses. ‘On behalf of the people of East End, I thank the National Recovery Fund for managing the repairs,’ he said. ‘This has been a long journey for all of us.’
Noting that he was utterly impressed with the house, he also thanked Mr. Rankine for a job well done and Mr. Buckeridge for supervising the project.
Executive Director of the National Recovery Fund, Dr. Mark Laskin, handed over the keys to Ms Smith.