Join the Sandals Foundation share the gift of reading and end food insecurity for a healthier tomorrow. Bring along 5 pounds of story and activity books that cover the themes of healthy eating, gardening and the importance of trees on your upcoming vacation and together we can turn hunger into hope!
The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, supports education for those in need through its Adopted Schools Program across the Caribbean. From providing teaching training, supplies, and needed equipment to assisting with basic maintenance and building upgrades, The Sandals Foundation seeks to bring these schools to better standards so young minds can flourish. Additionally, The Sandals Foundation supports the education of young mothers through the Women's Centre of Jamaica.
Guests may also get involved and give back while on vacation with the Reading Road Trip through Island Routes. Through this voluntourism initiative, visitors can volunteer (for a nominal fee which includes the cost of round trip transportation) 2 hours of their time at one of The Sandals Foundation's adopted schools and interact with children and help them with their literacy skills.
We ask that guests give their donated items to our front desks. We do this to ensure that the items are distributed to many schools in the respective regions and not just the schools that have the Reading Road Trip.
Parry Town Primary School serves 425 children from ages 6 through 11 years old.
Mansfield Basic School serves 60 children from ages 3 through 6 years old.
Seville Golden Pre School serves 100 children from ages 3 through 6 years old.
Stewart Town Basic School serves 85 children from ages 3 through 6 years old.
Mile End Basic School serves over 40 children from ages 3 through 6 years old.
Great Pond Basic School serves 80 children from ages 3 through 6 years old.
Boscobel Primary School serves over 220 children from ages 6 through 11 years old.
The Women’s Centre of Jamaica provides a second chance at education for adolescent mothers. With 7 main centres and 11 outreach stations across the island, the facilities serve 200 young mothers through continued educational instruction, group and individual counselling, mentorship programmes and vocational training.
You can help young mothers secure a better future by bringing feminine products that are a necessity but can sometimes be inaccessible due to no or low-income.
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.