I was asked by a Caymanian single
mother of four to write this piece for her and as she talked to me, I asked
myself how many other women in this country and in these times that have a
story like hers.
This is what she would like for all
in Cayman to know:
She is a full blooded Caymanian
mother of four children. We begin her sad story in the year 2004, when the
storm Ivan hit this country.
Her house was one of those houses
in the town of George Town that suffered some damage, leaving her and her
family in a pretty big mess. She lost her lights and city water and a lot of
the house was also lost due to flooding. But she is one of those Caymanian
women that knows the old time hardship days, because she was raised up, touched
by her mother. Although she faced this great loss in the storm, she managed
with the help of Almighty God to still stay in her house. That is her only home
on Cayman with her children and her brother, for they had nowhere else to go.
When the time came to restore
lights and water in the house, her house did not receive any, nor did she
receive help from any member of Government or service.
But when the Government of the time
asked for people to come and help clean up the mess Ivan left behind, she was
one of the them that ran to offer her services and help. She worked real hard
on the roads to help clean up Ivan’s big left over mess, thinking by doing so
she would receive help from the Government, but that was not to happen. She contacted
members of Government asking for help; still no help came to her and her
She has been in this no light and
no water position since 2004 until this very day. I found out about her
condition and offered my help, in any way I could. Even a TV reporter wanted to
air her story and cry for help, but she was afraid to go on the TV 27 news.
Since the day of that offer for her to go public on TV with her story, so many
things have happened to her.
She was out looking for work when
she returned home as always to greet the children from school to learn that the
door to her house had been broken down and her children’s clothes were gone.
She received a phone call from
Social Services telling her that the children had been taken from her.
It just so happens that a few days
before this, I personally wrote a letter for her asking for help; she asked me
to write this letter for her because she does not know how to draft such a
letter too well.
Anyway, the letter was done for her
outlining her problem and her needs. She confirmed to me a few days later that
she did not hear anything back. She also confirmed to me she made telephone
calls to Government ministers and got no answer.
This is now a few months gone with
her still seeking help; still her children
have are not with her and still she has no lights and water. She said Social
Services is paying someone else to keep her children and the reason they took
her children is because her house has no lights and water.
Social Services can help pay rent,
pay bills and buy food for other foreign nationals, but they cannot help her
keep her kids in her house. She was dragged before the court with claims she is
an unfit mother, which was proven not to be true; for even though she did not
have lights and water in her house, she had to wash and cook the old time way,
but her children got good grades in school and went to school clean. Up until
this day her children are not with her, but she has been given permission by
the courts to visit her children, but still no member of Government has helped
her with her problem.
It is a crying shame in this day
and age that Cayman’s single mothers are facing these kinds of problems and
worse; so if you are a single mother having these kinds of problems, do not
hide it like so many of you are doing. Let the Government know about your
problem and if you do not get any help,
go to the public and ask for help.
I am asking once again on behalf of
this woman of George Town for help from the present Government and from anyone
in the public sector for help.
Her lights and water are still off
and she wants her children back home with
I have lately received good news
from her, telling me that she has landed a very low paying job at a hotel along
Seven Mile Beach, but still help is needed from all of us.
She is looking forward to an answer
from her letter sent to Government ministers asking for help.
Emile S. Levy