A Community Partnership with Cayman Islands Charity to Help Create Homes for Those in Need

At IDG, we believe that everyone deserves a great space to call home. The home is the foundation of everything, and a healthy environment is what allows families to flourish and grow. 

Here, Katie Lambert, Part-Owner and CEO at IDG, sits down with Tara Nielsen, Director of Cayman’s Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) Foundation, to discuss some of the most important needs in our community and how companies like IDG are lending their support. 

It’s one of the reasons why we place so much value on our partnership with Cayman’s ARK. Their CASA projects have helped over 30 families find safe and healthy living conditions, and their Mentor – Educate – Reinforce (MER) program helps mentor and educate Caymanian youth. ARK focuses on the people in our own backyard and their hard work helps lift our entire community in the process. 

“We’re so thrilled that IDG has decided to partner with us and support the MER and CASA programmes,” says Tara. “It’s the perfect combination. This partnership will really enable us to move and sweep through the island by improving homes and people’s lives every day.”

IDG has been helping to support ARK through several initiatives, including:

Night with the Artists

This event is all about bringing the community together. It celebrates our local artists while also bringing attention to in-need groups in Cayman. 

Recently, we hosted our second instalment of the series. Photographer Julie Corsetti and artist Carlos v. Garcia combined their talents to create a unique piece of work that was painted live for attendees. The finished product was then auctioned off, with 100% of the proceeds going towards ARK’s MER and CASA programmes. 

For more information on future IDG events, contact [email protected]

Cayman Ryde-a-thon

Team IDG will also compete in Cayman’s annual Ryde-a-thon. Our team, Designed to Ryde, will spin for 24 hours to help raise monies for the ARK Foundation. 

The Ryde-a-thon will take place from Friday, March 26th – Saturday, March 27th. If you’d like to donate, follow the link here and select our team name from the list of options.

IDG plans to offer long-term support for ARK through the sponsorship of a child in their MER program. MER was developed for struggling students in underprivileged circumstances. The majority of Caymanian students that are flagged with learning challenges come from impoverished homes. MER provides support to these select individuals. 

“This program really aligns down to the core of our ethos as a family,” says Katie. “We want to embrace all of these families and especially the children and help them throughout their journey. We have our IDG family and we take all of our staff on board with that same ethos.”

ARK was founded in 2006, and a big part of their continued success has been through help from the private sector. “We’d love to challenge other companies to step up and sponsor a child,” says Tara. “Our mission is for every business, law firm, accountancy and small business to sponsor a child in our program. That’s what we need to happen in order to grow.”

To find out more about ARK’s programmes and ways that you can get involved, head to arkcayman.org.