While the Buttram home has started to take shape the family is still in need of help, particularly skilled labour to lay bricks as they move closer to rebuilding their Windsor Park home that was gutted last July.
A volunteer drive has been started on social networking site Facebook to garner support and help for the family and it is being led by business man Matthew Leslie.
This weekend (27 and 28 February) volunteers are being asked to turn out in their numbers to help the family resume rebuilding efforts.
Alwin Buttram, speaking with The Cayman Reporter on Friday (19 February) about the drive, said he welcomed all efforts to help his family get back on their feet and rebuild their home.
“We have been getting help, it is not as fast as we would like it to be. But still we are happy getting help,” Mr Buttram said.
Last July fire broke out at the Buttram’s family home. The raging inferno ravaged the house in six minutes, rendering the family homeless. Since then Mr Buttram said the family has been living in separate apartments and with relatives.
“The family is still together we just do not live together. But we not making it bother us that the house is burnt down, that happened and gone. We try to stay positive and that we can get it build back as fast as possible, but we do not make it bad for us we just do whatever it takes for us to get back our home,” Mr Buttram lamented.
He said he is grateful that the community has come together to help the family, but now, he said they most pressing need is for volunteers who are skilled labourers.
“We need labour, we need people who can lay blocks. We have a lot of people helping who can mix, but we need skilled people who can lay the blocks. Most of the guys who have been helping mostly come on the weekends and we have to hold up on blocks because of that,” he said.
However he said in the interim his brothers and himself have been running the electrical fixtures and plumbing in the house.
“We do whatever we could do,” Mr Buttram said.
He said he is hoping that by the end of May the family can move into their new home.
“We have set a deadline, but you know there have been delays of people who cannot make it. Other people have got to work and they are donating their time, he added.
Construction firm Arch & Godfrey has been providing architectural, engineering and project oversight skills in the rebuilding efforts for the Buttrams.
Anyone willing to help the family can call Mr Buttrum at 927-3886.