Corporate Cayman helps foster kids

Schools may have been out for the summer vacation, but the residents at the Nadine Andreas Foster Home had plenty to occupy and entertain them over the long holidays.

According to a release from the Home, one staff member and three children spent an enjoyable fortnight at the residential Island Cadet Camp. One of the residents even gained promotion to acting Lance Corporal. In addition to courses in basic health and safety, hiking and drill-work, residents honed their skills in areas such as fire fighting training, First Aid, kayaking, swimming, scuba diving and leadership training.

The Vacation Bible Camp at the First Assembly, Church of God, Walker’s Road and Red Bay Holiness Church gave the children chance to join many of their peers in discussion groups, art and crafts, music workshops and general fun and games. Some of the more athletically inclined joined the George Town Football camp and the Basketball Camp at Eastern Avenue.

Two residents took part in the Fearless Factor Camp, organised by the National Drug Council. The camp’s aim was to help adolescents’ personal development by educating them through presentations, discussions and debate, in factors affecting their daily lives. Topics covered included drug awareness and education, values and leadership, goal setting, habits for effective teens, as well as games and athletic challenges.

One of the youngsters from the Home had participated last year and was chosen as a team-leader this year. She was so successful that she was asked to accompany the NDC staff to the Brac camp where she was team leader there.

The highlight of the summer was, however, the Foster Home’s annual Summer Holiday, which this year saw three staff and nine residents heading to the Brac for a week.

Although one night was spent in the West End school, the local hurricane shelter, waiting for Dean to pass by, the residents nevertheless got to sample Brac hospitality. While visits to Rebecca’s cave and the Bat Cave were a source for late night ghost-stories, the trek up the bluff to see the lighthouse proved the most popular destination.

The visiting party also tasted the variety of fare offered for free at Popo Jeb’s, Biggies, LaEsperanza, Brac Snack Shack, the Market Place Supermarket, Aunt Sha’s Restaurant, Brac Reef Resort and the Seventh Day Adventist.

The release also stated that such participation was made possible due to the financial donations and discounts given by Cayman Airways, Lions Club of Tropical Gardens, Kiwanis, Pam deLisser, Little Trotters, Lions Club of Grand Cayman and Ogiers.

The Nadine Andreas Foster Home is run by the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, which is dependent on donations to fund the home. For further information, contact Care Manager John Alban, on 945-8698, or email to [email protected]