A recent appeal from the National Council of Voluntary Organisations was answered through a kind donation from Conyers Dill & Pearman to the Caring Cousins Lunch Support Program in Cayman Brac.
The Caring Cousins program funds daily lunches and snacks for students in need across Cayman. The program currently supports more than 30 students in several schools, said NCVO coordinator Alta Bodden Solomon.
Uniforms are often provided through this program as well.
Ms. Bodden Solomon said the funds from Conyers came at a particularly important moment.
“The day I received the email from Conyers, I was so overwhelmed with joy. I had just met with a lady on the Brac the previous day who needed assistance with her children, but as the lunch support program was lacking in funds I had to tell her that the NCVO would not be able to help right away.
“The fact that Conyers Dill stepped up and made this wonderful donation means that we are now able to provide her children lunch at school for one year. We are so grateful,” she said.
A nutritious meal has many positive impacts on children, including their ability to learn, and physical and emotional development, she explained.
Kevin Butler, managing partner of Conyers Dill & Pearman, expressed the firm’s willingness to contribute to this program: “It is heartbreaking to learn that for many children the lunch they get at school may be the only decent meal they get all day. If we want a healthy community, then we need to support the most vulnerable as best we can. Giving a kid a lunch is one of the most profound ways we can make an enormous difference in our community,” he said.
The NCVO Children Services runs several programs that assist hundreds of children and families in Cayman’s community, including the Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home, the Jack and Jill Nursery and Miss Nadine’s Preschool.