UK sends funds for Brac through Governor

| 09/12/2008

(CNS): The promised donation to the Cayman Islands National Recovery Fund (CINRF) from the United Kingdom government of $150,000 was handed over by H.E the Governor Stuart Jack on Friday, 5 December to the Fund’s Executive Director Dr Mark Laskin, who is still carrying out damage assessments on the Sister Islands.

Jack who has visited Cayman Brac and witnessed the devastation, said he was pleased to contribute what he described as a ‘significant’ donation from the UK to the CINRF efforts to help people on Cayman Brac. The CINRF is currently carrying out damage assessments as well as signing contracts with construction firms and Brac homeowners. ”I am extremely grateful for the donation from the UK Government and its recognition of the plight of so many in Cayman Brac,” Laskin said.

However, the average cost of rebuilding just one home is around $150,000 and given the number of properties which have been completely destroyed or very severely damaged that are not insured, the Brac remains in dire need.

The CINRF is a private charitable trust which was created in the wake of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.It receives donations from the private sector and individuals as well as government and has to date restored homes for over 600 families. Another 400 families have been assisted with both new and donated white goods (appliances) and furnishings.

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