Inner-city kids from New York will be visiting Cayman once more for a cost-free summer vacation.
In turn, Caymanian youngsters will visit New York camps and the Big Apple under the auspices of the Fresh Air Fund programme.
“For five years The Fresh Air Fund partnership has introduced American children to the CaymanKind approach to life,” said Premier McKeeva Bush. “Through this programme, the children from New York will be able to develop lasting relationships with their Caymanian host families and we are glad to be in a position to continue fostering these friendships between cultures.”
From 25 to 31 July, several families in the Cayman Islands will open their homes and hearts to inner-city kids. The children will be immersed in Cayman culture through visits to such attractions as Stingray City, the Turtle Farm, Pedro St. James and the Botanic Park. For the first time, the New Yorkers will have the opportunity to spend time with the Caymanians who will be travelling to the United States in August. The children will be able to exchange tips on their own home countries and discuss their favourite things to do.
As part of this special exchange programme, seven Caymanian kids will experience the Fresh Air Fund’s camps in Fishkill, NY, from 8 to 19 August, enjoying swimming, sports, arts and crafts, boating, hiking, music, fishing and dancing. They will also discover city life in Manhattan for a day.
The Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million children from low-income communities since 1877. Participants are selected by the organisation based on their achievements, their willingness to succeed and their history with the organisation.
“This is a wonderful chance for our children to learn about new cultures and to experience life in another country,” said Jenny Morgenthau, executive director of the Fresh Air Fund.
Acting Director of Tourism for the Cayman Islands Shomari Scott said, “We are especially excited that … the Caymanian children will also have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience summer in New York.”