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The Sandals Foundation Releases It's Annual Report

February 02, 2017 - Beaches Resorts - Jamaica

Since its inception in 2009, the Sandals Foundation has aimed to unite the region with one common goal: to elevate its people and protect its delicate ecosystem under the pillars of community, education, and the environment.

“I continue to be amazed by the many programs and projects we have been able to implement over the past year, all of which have been instrumental in inspiring hope across the region. For us, the work we do is a true philanthropic extension of our brand and a call to action to equip those less fortunate with confidence, empowerment and fulfillment while providing communities with real solutions to the daily challenges they face. Thanks to the dedication of our team members, the visitors to our islands and the commitment of our valued donors and partners, we have been able to continue our positive impact affecting hundreds of thousands of lives,” said Adam Stewart, the Sandals Foundation’s President.

Below are some highlights from the 2015-2016 period in each of the Education,

Community and Environment sectors:

Education:

  • Focusing on literacy performance and positively impacting over 12,000 children and families, the SuperKids Literacy Program, in partnership with Great Shape Inc., targets grades 1-6 with the aim of improving literacy and computer education, while encouraging extracurricular activities such as sports, music and art.
  • Through a partnership with Scholastic Book Fairs the 2015/16 school year saw the donation of 25,000 children’s books to local school libraries across the Islands.  The Scholastic Reading Road Trip gives resort guests and local school children the opportunity to engage in an unforgettable one-on-one reading experience. To date, the Foundation has hosted close to 9,000 Reading Road Trip volunteers.
  • Supporting children’s literacy, educational development and the love of reading, Hands Across the Sea Libraries aims to provide books, create borrowing libraries and foster sustainability of an engaging reading space within St. Lucia, Antigua and Grenada. This past year, the program reached 1,537 children and had 2,257 new books shipped to local schools in the Eastern Caribbean.

Community:

  • In effort to encourage entrepreneurship and instill values necessary for attaining success, the Foundation partnered with The School of Business Entrepreneurs (TSOE) in St. Lucia. Designed for 16 to 30-year-olds, the program offers comprehensive workshops that cover topics such as marketing strategy, business licensing, social responsibility and customer service.
  • In keeping with its commitment to community and health initiatives, the Foundation’s continued partnership with the SickKids Foundation Caribbean program works to reduce mortality rate of children in the Caribbean suffering from Pediatric Cancers and serious blood disorders. In partnership with SickKids Canada, these efforts included offering improved technology, establishing telemedicine rooms, training nurses and providing fellowship for the second Pediatric Oncologist in the Eastern Caribbean.
  • The Foundation’s Flanker Music Program is a group of promising youths from the inner city Flanker community in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Their efforts resulted in funding a three-year program that has provided: new musical instruments and repair to existing instruments; lessons and tools for weekly classes; uniforms for band members and performance opportunities at neighboring Sandals Resorts. 

Environment:

  • Over 27,800 turtles were safely hatched this year with efforts of the Sea Turtle Conservation that provides support to help increase chances of turtle survival in the wild and funding for field researchers to gather valuable data, as well as create awareness for marine preservation.  
  • With the Sandals Foundation reforestation efforts alongside local ministries, 10,758 trees were planted to help alleviate climate change in the Caribbean region.  
  • As part of Coral Conservation efforts the Foundation established two coral nurseries in Jamaica, which will produce over 1,000 pieces of coral each year and a 15% increase in coral coverage and provide locals with new employment opportunities within the environmental field.  
  • Implemented across 40 schools, The Sandals Foundation partnered with the Guy Harvey Oceans Foundation and CARIBSAVE to create the ‘Save Our Seas’ program that provided education and awareness on the importance of protecting the marine environment.

 

To learn more or to get involved, please visit www.sandalsfoundation.org

 

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