NCVO gives computers to Brac seniors

| 25/01/2018
CNS Local Life

Elderly residents in Cayman Brac surf the web as DCFS staff look on

(CNS Local Life): The National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has donated two desktop computers to the Older Persons’ Programme in Cayman Brac in support of learning and development. The donation was made possible through the guidance of the Department of Children and Family Services’ (DCFS) which have been assisting the elderly with basic computer classes held on the Brac.

The donation proved a team effort, stated an NVCO press release. Simply Computers in Grand Cayman refurbished the computers; NCVO staff member Trevor Blake safely packaged them for shipping; and Patricia Bolton and her son Chevaughn Le’Vel were instrumental in transporting the computers to the Brac.

“The computers will temporarily be placed at the Kirkconnell Community Care Centre (KCCC). The classes will be held there until a permanent location can be identified that can facilitate more computers,” said DCFS social worker Bouvia Ferguson.

The benefits of having the computers located at the KCCC is twofold. It creates a central location, making them more accessible to the older persons in the community and for the KCCC residents who would also like to learn how to navigate the various operating systems.

“We just want this to be a recorded milestone and a springboard for others in the community to join in as we continue to bridge the technological gap for older persons,” said Ferguson.

In early 2017, the NCVO received a donation to purchase four new computers which led to the repurposing of the older ones; two of the other machines are now in use by teachers in classrooms at Miss Nadine’s Preschool.

“The NCVO is very pleased to see older persons in the Brac developing themselves through the gift of these repurposed desktops,” said NCVO board chairman Tim Courtis. “We encourage other entities to engage with the DCFS to further meet the needs of the Sister Islands community,”

The NCVO is an independent, non-profit, charitable organisation which engages in projects to meet the ever-growing needs of the community.

For more information on the NCVO, or to become a corporate sponsor or volunteer, email NCVO, go to their website or call 949-2124

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