2012 Chairman’s Report
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Chairman’s Report for the 2012 Annual General Meeting of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations.
Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen.
Welcome to the 2012 NCVO Annual General Meeting.
I am pleased to advise that we have continued to build on last year’s successful programme by raising sufficient funds to meet all our obligations and complete all our planned projects while maintaining a healthy financial position to take us into next year. The Accounts before you will testify to this success. Unfortunately these accounts have only just been formatted to go to our Auditors, Messrs. PKF (Cayman) Ltd so fully audited figures will not be available for a little while. They will be posted on our website as soon as they are made available to the Executive Committee.
This year’s Radio Telethon raised over $ 140,000 which has given us an additional boost to our revenues as we move into 2013. This is a new record and I would like to thank everyone involved. These are the funds which help us meet our day to day operational costs at the Foster Home, the Pre-school and the Nursery. We also receive considerable sustaining funds throughout the year from the business and financial sectors of the community and I will elaborate as I break down the projects and activities of the NCVO entities and associated schemes.
At the Foster Home we continue to upgrade or renew facilities in the kitchen, bedroom and living quarters. Recreational and club activities plus additional tuition facilities have been made available to the children in care. They all enjoyed a summer vacation in Ocho Rios sponsored and fully funded by the Andreas Foundation. The Home currently cares for 8 children.
The Pre-school and Nursery continue to receive funding for educational supplies, furniture, equipment and Arts & Crafts materials. The playground and recreational facilities are continually maintained and upgraded. The Pre-school has 65 children and the Nursery 14 babies.
The John Gray Fund assisted 9 students in pursuing their tertiary education programmes in a wide variety of subjects. This year we distributed some US$ 21,000.
Again the Caring Cousins scheme provided small personal items such as toiletries to the elderly and infirm, mainly to those resident in the Pines Retirement Home. Lunch Support funding for school children has again been increased but continues to fall behind demand. We cover 25 children at an annual cost of some CI$ 25,000.
We have also undertaken two new projects during the past six months.In the summer two of our Foster Home residents aged out of care and we secured a single bedroom apartment for each of them while they continue their education and seek employment to become self sufficient. They maintain regular contact with staff at the Foster Home. The second programme is the introduction of the Catch Up Literacy Digital Games and this pilot project started in early November.
Much of this year’s work has been directed at updating and strengthening our procedure manuals to ensure that we are fully compliant with the new Children’s Law and the Human Rights legislation which come in to immediate effect by year end. These activities continue to encourage our major benefactors to extend their generous support and investment in the children in our care. Thank you to all our dedicated and hard working staff in the Foster Home, the Nursery and Pre-school and also to Mrs. Janice Wilson, our CEO, Mrs. Alta Solomon, her assistant and Mr. John Alban, our Care Manager, who have not only pushed through an extremely busy agenda with the children’s services but have been an excellent resource for finding donors to maintain these services at a very high level.
In addition to the numerous individual contributors, I would particularly like to thank our major sponsors:
L & N Andreas Foundation
Hedge Funds Care Cayman
Pink Ladies Volunteer Corps
And Greenlight Reinsurance
who have enabled us to continue our service to the Cayman community.