Accommodation

    Sandals Emerald Bay

    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 PACE Foundation in the Bahamas.

    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.

    Project #1

    Great Exuma High School in Nassau, The Bahamas, serves 445 children from ages 12 through 17 years old.

    L. N. Coakley Secondary High School serves 435 children ages 12 through 17 years old.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

    Flash Cards:
    (English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Wall Charts:
    (English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age Appropriate Story Books

    Reference Materials:
    (English) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

    Art Supplies:
    Craft Supplies and Watercolor Paints

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Flash Drives/Memory Sticks and USB Cables

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Chess Sets, Connect Four, and Scrabble

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls

    First Aid/Health:
    Band-Aids

    Project #2

    Roker’s Point Primary School serves 140 children from ages 6 through 11 years old.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

    Flash Cards:
    (English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Wall Charts:
    (English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age Appropriate Story Books, Language/Grammar, and Math

    Reference Materials:
    (English) Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

    Art Supplies:
    Craft Supplies and Watercolor Paints

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, and USB Cables

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Chess Sets, Connect Four, and Scrabble

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls

    Clothing:
    New or Gently Used Children’s Shoes

    First Aid/Health:
    Band-Aids

    Project #3

    The Forest Primary School, George Town Primary School, Moss Town Primary School, Mt. Thompson Primary School, Roker’s Point Primary School, Rolleville Primary School, Stuart Manor Primary School, and Williams Town Primary School are all located on the island of Exuma. These small but unique schools are serving a total of 546 students ranging in grades K4 through 6, from ages 4 through 9 years old. We have extended our Reading Road Trip program to students from grades 1 through 3.

    The Sandals Foundation has made contributions to the school of a full computer lab, water coolers, school clean-ups, school graduations and other calendar events. Weekly Reading Road Trips benefit from the donations of guests.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase
    Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil
    Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and Solar
    Lantern Lights

    Reference Materials:
    (English) Dictionaries

    Flash Cards:
    (English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Wall Charts:
    (English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age Appropriate Story Books

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft
    Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Fashion Magazines, Gage Wire, Sewing
    Needles, Thread, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, and Wire Cutters

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Mobile Phones, Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, USB
    Cables, Tablets, and Working Laptops

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

    Music Instruments:
    Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Whistles

    Clothing/Shoes:
    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    First Aid/Health:
    Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls

    Clothing/Shoes:
    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    First Aid/Health:
    Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Sanitary Napkins

    Office Supplies:
    Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, Staplers,

    Project #4

    Exuma School for the Gifted founded for the mentally challenged students on the Island of Exuma. The school is located on the eastern side of the island in the Hoopers Bay Exuma. The Foundation makes donations of craft supplies and special gifts and treats. Exuma School has 14 students from ages 4 through 6 years old.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil
    Cases/Bags, Pens, and Rulers

    Reference Materials:
    (English) Dictionaries

    Flash Cards:
    (English) Alphabet and Math

    Wall Charts:
    (English) Human Body, Language, and Math

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age Appropriate Story Books

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft
    Glue, Craft Scissors, Sewing Needles, Thread, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Tablets, Working Laptops

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, and Scrabble

    Music Instruments:
    Cymbals and Harmonicas/Kazoos

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Whistles

    Clothing/Shoes:
    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    First Aid/Health:
    Antibiotic Ointment, and Band-Aids

    Office Supplies:
    Markers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Scissors, and Staplers

    Project #5

    The PACE Foundation in Nassau, Bahamas provides access to continued education programs for 25 teen mothers. In addition to helping with coping mechanisms, the Centre prepares its student mothers academically and socially for re-entry into secondary school, a technical and vocational center or the job market.

    Together we can help prevent absenteeism that can interrupt their developmental progress by donating feminine care products which are sometimes expensive and out of their reach.

    Needs

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Hand Sanitizer, Sanitary Napkins, Tampons, and Unscented Soap

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of September 18, 2020

    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.

    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.