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Keeping our kids safe

The annual NCVO telethon is coming up and it’s on for tomorrow night (22 October).
It’s their biggest fund-raising event and every year Cayman gives generously. We are hoping to break last year’s total of 135,000. The Nadine Andreas residential foster home and aftercare centre is one of the organisations to benefit from the donations from the telethon.

“It is a huge undertaking to financial support the foster home and yet at the end of the day we have to do it because we cannot leave children in danger,” Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette, Care Manager at the Nadine Andreas residential foster home and aftercare centre.

It is that sheer desire to protect and give safe haven to children that keeps the foster home and aftercare centre from shutting its doors. Mrs Suckoo-Chollette and her team are banking on donations from the annual NCVO telethon to stop that from happening.

“It’s covering all the necessities, it’s what we are trying to do, because anything else is an additive, is something we want to give the children, but its basic needs we want to cover now,” she said.

The foster home and aftercare centre receives children removed from circumstances posing dangers to their health and wellbeing. At present nine children are in their care and as Mrs Suckoo-Chollette explains everyday’s just like that of a regular family, but with additional challenges.
“We have to deal with all the aftermath of what they have been through and that means deals with behavior issues, meeting with the teachers at the school and then seeking counseling,” she explained.

But even in the face of dire straits Mrs Suckoo-Chollette says her team works hard to keep the kids happy and healthy, she adds, even after the kids leave the home they still lend a helping hand.

“If we just left them alone what would happen to them? A lot of them in the past ended up not getting jobs, not continuing in school and ending up in the legal system so we continue to parent and guide them through,” she said.

The aim of the foster home, she says, is to provide care and stability for the kids with the end objective being reuniting them with their families or at least having them placed in a safe environment.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 16 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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