The Ministry of Investment, Innovation and Social Development (MIISD) has approved CI$100,000 in additional funding to the CAYS Foundation, operators of the Bonaventure Boys’ Home, Phoenix House and Frances Bodden Children’s Homes, for much-needed upgrades to the organisation’s IT network, additional housing facilities and staff resources.
MIISD Minister Hon. André Ebanks noted that the Ministry’s focus is on implementing a comprehensive social development agenda that will enable all people in the Cayman Islands to reach their full potential. This funding will allow the CAYS Foundation to provide an improved experience for their residents. “We acknowledge the daily challenges the staff of our residential children’s homes face as they support and nurture their residents. Removing administrative barriers such as failing technology and limited space will create greater efficiency as the CAYS Foundation fulfils its mission to offer strength-based development to the children and youth in their care”, he stated.
Ensuring the most vulnerable members of our society are able to access the support and resources they require to succeed is at the forefront of the Ministry’s current priorities. In the coming months, the Ministry will be implementing the Financial Assistance Act of 2022, which will see the Needs Assessment Unit become the Department of Financial Assistance. This comprehensive transition includes the increase in financial assistance to older persons, seafarers, veterans, and those living with disabilities made last week. Further, the Ministry is also undertaking legislative reform on the Children Act (2012 Revision) and the Adoption of Children Act (2021 Revision) to enhance safeguarding provisions for children and ensure international best standards are applied and upheld in our country.
Work on both the IT improvements and workshop renovation project is expected to begin within the next few weeks. For more information on the CAYS Foundation, visit www.cays.org.ky.
Source: Anita Law, Press Release Radio Cayman