You might think your holiday is changing your life but it’s also making a difference in someone else’s too.
by Amoi Spence
If the old adage is true that charity begins at home, then it makes sense that a hotel, which seeks to act as a home away from home, should feel that way too. Here are a few charities in Jamaica that have been created by hotels seeking to bridge the distance between the profits they make and supporting the communities that make them profitable.
www.sandalsfoundation.orgThe Sandals Foundation (established by Sandals Resorts) represents three decades of dedication to playing a meaningful role in the lives of the communities where they operate across the Caribbean. Harnessing their passion, energy, skills and brand power they have been able to tackle issues under the three broad headings of community, education and environment.
The Rockhouse Foundation (founded by the Rockhouse Hotel in Negril) aims to transform the places where Jamaica’s children learn and at the same time support the people who teach them. Since its inception, the Foundation has completely transformed and modernized five schools: Moreland Hill Primary and Infant Schools, Negril All Age School, Negril Basic School, Little Bay All Age and Infant Schools, Bunch of Stars E.C.I. in addition to the complete renovation and expansion of the Negril Community Library.
Focused on sport for social change, education initiatives and environmental conservation, Breds in partnership with Jakes Hotel, has worked for over 20 years to improve the lives and livelihoods of people living in the greater Treasure Beach community. Fundraising events include an annual triathlon, fishing tournament and the dollar a night initiative in which the hotel donates a dollar from every night a guest stays at the hotel.
The Issa Trust Foundation was established in 2005 by Couples Resorts as a nonprofit organization. The mission of the Foundation is to provide a system of prevention, health promotion and education, community health improvement and other services to promote well-being and development for the people of Jamaica. The Foundation strives to provide an environment conducive to the educational needs of children in collaboration with other community resources.
The charitable arm of the Island Outpost group of boutique hotels, the foundation focuses on being a catalyst for the sustainable development of Oracabessa and its environs. The foundation has three main areas of focus: conservation, vocational training and youth development through sport.
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