The Sandals Foundation: The Gift of Education #BeachesMoms
I’ve shared with you several times my partnership with Beaches Resorts as I’ve attended Social Media on the Sand every year for a total of four visits. One of my favorite things about Beaches Resorts in Turks and Caicos is their strong commitment to doing good work in their local community and this year, the need was stronger than ever. Due to the hurricanes last year, there is so much rebuilding still to be done in the Caribbean.
We had the honor of spending the day at the Ianthe Pratt Primary School where we helped to clean up and paint murals for the school children. I love the things that we can up with and had so much fun!
The children were playing off in the distance, and I have to admit, this moment kind of took my breath away. They were playing and laughing and exuding so much joy. They seemed to be totally unaware of the conditions around them and it stopped me in my tracks. We clearly all take for granted the things we have and enjoy every day. These kids were just happy to be at school, running and playing with friends. They have so little, and yet they are so full of joy.
I love the positive messaging that was painting all over the school, hopefully these messages of hope and love will inspire these beautiful children!
In celebration and support of Giving Tuesday, I would love to invite you to join me in supporting the Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals and Beaches Resorts. In partnership with School Specialty Supplies, we gathered while at the Social Media on the Sand conference to do some really new worth in helping to finish the work at the new Ianthe Pratt Primary School. I was able to witness firsthand the school and how hard it was hit by the hurricanes last year. It suffered substantial damage and the work that we did while there, and continue to do, will help nearly 600 students, ages 5-11 years who are in need of safe, clean and inspiring spaces to learn, grow and flourish!
Just like years past, we partnered with School Specialty to bring the kids backpacks full of school supplies. Thank you School Specialty for your amazing support and commitment to this awesome event!
Donate to the Sandals Foundation
The Sandals Foundation is currently fundraising to earn money which will go directly to purchasing needed supplies and materials to complete the school’s playground, theater area and main recess area. If you are so inclined, I would love to suggest making a donation to The Sandals Foundation here. This is a charity that we give to proudly and I can assure you, I’ve seen first hand the amazing work the people behind this organization are doing in the Caribbean.
The Sandals Foundation is a 501c3 that seeks to help fulfill the promise of the Caribbean community through investment in sustainable projects in Education, Community and the Environment which improve people’s lives and preserve our natural surroundings. Launched in March 2009, we remain committed to supporting life-changing initiatives across the Caribbean region we call home.
The mission of The Sandals Foundation:
Sandals Foundation seeks to help fulfill the promise of the Caribbean community through investment in sustainable projects in education; environment and community which improve people’s lives and preserve our natural surroundings.
The Sandals Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International. It is the culmination of three decades of dedication to playing a meaningful role in the lives of the communities where we operate across the Caribbean.
Our company was borne from the ethics and philosophies of our chairman, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart who is above all a family man. Nothing means more.
To us family isn’t just our blood-ties. It’s our colleagues across our four brands andcorporate offices too – the Sandals and Beaches family – and since the majority of our team come from our communities it stands to reason that we do all we can to make a difference in the Caribbean – because we’re family.
By definition, our responsibilities to family reflect our corporate social responsibilities. We believe things can be better and we want to make them better. We believe we have contributed much to the Caribbean over the years but we want to do more. We know that as World’s Best it’s our plans, hard work, skills and innovations that put us there – but we have a responsibility to put them to work beyond our resorts too.
Photo credits: The Sandals Foundation
The Sandals Foundation is our way of better enabling us to take on more of what needs to be done in the islands where we operate by making the Caribbean the best that we can be. It is not just about gathering and spending money. We also harness our passion, energy, skills and brand power to tackle issues under three broad headings of community; education and environment.
Sandals Foundation…doing great things in the Caribbean
During our stay at the Sandals BEACHES resort, we were so moved by all that we learned about the foundation. I spoke to many employees at the resort whose lives and had been personally touched by the outreach and community work that the Sandals Foundation provides and many of them shared with me the amazing things that they foundation gives to the children of the island by bettering their lives through education, health care and more.
The VERY best part of the day was after we finished our work at the school, some of the school children came out and sang to us to show us their appreciation.
It was beautiful and I loved seeing the joy that all of the colorful murals brought to them, and they joy that their beautiful singing and dancing brought to us.
Remember, you can donate to The Sandals Foundation here. Your donation goes to help the gift of education to even more deserving children throughout the Caribbean.
If you ever do visit a Beaches Resort, make sure to check out the gift selection of Sandals Foundation products in the gift shop. Every year they offer a wide variety of neat products and souvenirs that offers 100% proceeds back to the community!