AIDS fire victims need help

A fundraising drive is underway in Cayman to help raise money for a children’s home in Jamaica for abandoned children that have HIV/AIDS after it burned down last week.

30 HIV/AIDS infected children lost their home after the blaze ripped through Martha’s House, a Mustard Seed Community Home in Kingston on 16 March, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars damage.

Cayman Islands resident Fiona Pimentel has thrown open the doors of her South Church St house to take donations this week for critical goods children from the home require.

She is asking that used children’s clothing, shoes, toiletries and other items that would be suitable for children aged 2-15 be dropped off at her house at 535 South Church St, George Town. The house is located next to the cemetery, between the Montessori School of Cayman and Pure Art.

‘People must bring the items before Thursday evening and they should categorize and label the items into girl/boy and age or toiletries,’ she said.

Father Gregory Ramkissoon, founder of Mustard Seed Communities, last week appealed for assistance following the blaze.

‘Everything is completely destroyed,’ he told the Jamaica Observer. ‘We need clothes, shoes. I am making a public appeal for assistance,’ he said. ‘We need help.’

According to its website, Mustard Seed Communities commenced over 20 years ago as a home for abandoned and handicapped children. It has diversified its activities over the years and now runs housing projects, community projects, economic projects and a home for pregnant teenagers.

However its core purpose remains caring for abandoned and handicapped children, and, to this end, now cares for over 220 children across Jamaica, Nicaragua, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The organisation is currently constructing a home for AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe.

For more information on donating, call Fiona Pimentel on 323-9111.

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