Aid agency seeks help

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is reaching out to the community for assistance with its programmes, which identify and address social injustice and deprivation in developing countries.

Know as ADRA, the agency in the Cayman Islands has assisted with the local community in a number of ways.

In 2005, ADRA Cayman gave supplies and made free repairs, equivalent to $30,000, to local homes that were damaged by Hurricane Ivan.

The agency also provided the umbrella agency under which all relief was offered to Cayman Brac following Hurricane Paloma, its organisers say.

Since 2007, ADRA Cayman Islands has served the government of the Cayman Islands as shelter wardens and shelter managers.

The group also conducts homework clinics for the Cayman Academy, as well as others in the community.

Public Relations Officer Marius Gaina said that between 1998 and 2009, ADRA Cayman also provided food vouchers for a number of indigent families.

Mr. Gaina said, “ADRA needs the local community’s help in order to achieve its goals. Anyone can assist us with time, prayers and donations.

“Our efforts to raise money for our various local and international projects are ongoing and any assistance is welcome.”

Fundraising provides the main source of income, with events such as an annual bonfire fish fry on 26 March this year.

“We understand that in these tough economic times, a lot of people are unable to make monetary contributions, but in fact our most precious treasure is represented by our volunteers. The skills that our volunteers bring to our projects are invaluable,” said Mr. Gaina.

Established in November 1956, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency is a global humanitarian organisation of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

“Anyone can help us volunteer,” said Mr. Gaina. “We have something for everyone who wants to be a part of our team. Also, if you or someone you know is in need, please do contact us as we may be able to help.”

For more information, [email protected] or call 916-0251.