Our Story > Mission

The CINRF receives donations (money, investments and/or property) from private individuals both locally and overseas. These donations are earmarked to:

  • Provide charitable, humanitarian or other assistance to the people of the Cayman Islands and specifically those adversely affected by hurricanes and natural disasters in the Cayman Islands.
  • Promote, assist and implement the speedy recovery of the Cayman Islands from the effects of hurricanes and other disasters.
  • Further the social, cultural, educational, economic, religious, touristic, sporting and environmental progress of the Cayman Islands.
  • Assist communities in their recovery and redevelopment.
  • Benefit charities with related purposes.

Our Story > History

On September 11th, 2004, the Cayman Islands was struck by the Hurricane Ivan, a Category 5 storm estimated as the sixth strongest ever recorded. Ivan’s fierce violence was experienced by the entire community, and in one way or another, affected each individual.

Approximately 83 per cent of dwellings (13,535 homes) were affected, with about four per cent (652 homes) completely destroyed. It was estimated that 30 per cent of residences (4,892 homes) were not insured. The housing sector was the most affected, costing the economy some CI $1.4 billion in repairs.

In response to this epic disaster, The Cayman Islands National Recovery Fund (CINRF) was established on 23 September, 2004 as an independent, private Trust to relieve persons who were injured, bereaved, rendered homeless, destitute or otherwise affected by the devastating effects of Hurricane Ivan.

Its Board of Trustees was comprised initially of both private sector and government representatives. With initial funding of $1.0 million from Butterfield Bank and then generous donations from a private donor, including a loan of $2.5 million and a further $750,000 from an East End donor, the fund began operations to address the tremendous needs.

In June 2005, the NRF was granted tax exempt 501 C (3) status with the US Internal Revenue Service and in that same month, merged with the Cayman Islands Development Bank’s Housing Recovery Grant programme.

Within its first year of operation the Fund raised some US$8.5 million and, long with its allied organisations, assisted over 1,000 households and families to repair their homes, replace lost essential household goods and to rebuild their lives. This was accomplished through national and international fundraising efforts and the monies received were used to employ contractors to effect repairs on behalf of the neediest in the community.

On 9 November 2008, Hurricane Paloma struck Cayman Brac and the Cayman Islands National Recovery Fund was there for residents once again to receive donations and to help the residents of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman repair and restore their homes.

Our Story > Board of Trustees

Her Excellency The Governor Mrs. Helen Kilpatrick, CB

Conor O’Dea
Senior Executive Vice President, International Banking -- Butterfield Bank
Vice Chair

Duncan Taylor, CBE
British Ambassador to Mexico
Former Governor, Cayman Islands

Stuart Jack, CVO
Former Governor, Cayman Islands

Andreas Ugland
Chairman, Andreas Ugland & Sons

Pastor Winston Rose
Church Of God, Bodden Town

Huw Moses, OBE
Partner, HSM

Naul Bodden
Owner, NCB Consulting Limited

John Owen, CMG, MBE
Former Governor, Cayman Islands

Bruce Dinwiddy, CMG
Former Governor, Cayman Islands

Jude Scott
Global Chief Executive Officer, Maples and Calder

Kenneth Jefferson, JP
Financial Secretary, Cayman Islands Government

Mr. Justice Andrew Jones, QC

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