Making dreams become a reality is one of the main objectives of the Sandals Foundation. The foundation has made my dream become a reality by paying my four years college tuition and providing me with the resources I needed to successfully complete my study. I am now a trained teacher holding a Bachelor's degree in Education.
In addition, they assisted with living conditions and basic necessities for my family and I which afforded us the opportunity to be living more comfortably. Through the foundation, my family and I have also developed a bond with two special angels (Barry Heinrich and Sue Drader) who partnered with the foundation and made the aforementioned possible.
Words will never be enough to describe the tremendous job of the foundation and the impact it has on the world at large.
The Sandals Foundation is the epitome of Charity!
I will never forget when I was unable to get sponsorship from any corporate entity to cover my airfare to represent my country in Japan, and I reached out to the Sandals Foundation and they were more than happy to help.
Not only did they cover my airfare, but they checked up on me to ensure i was OK.
This Foundation showed me that all is not lost in this world, as there are still people out there that cares.
I'm always amazed at the work the Sandals Foundation is doing throughout the Caribbean. I've met some of the people who have benefited from the work of the foundation and have heard their stories and each one touches my heart. I love that the Sandals Foundation offer so many ways for us to help give back too. Whether it be a Reading Road Trip to meet with local school children, bringing down school supplies or Christmas gifts for the kids, or donating money while on resort or even at home. There is always a way to get involved and I appreciate that no matter how big or small, so many people all over the world find a way to contribute.
The Sandals Foundation provides my agency - the Sweet Water Foundation - with financing to run our psychotherapy group program for adolescent girls who have experienced sexual abuse of any kind. We are in our 6th cycle, each cycle being 14 weeks long, and the program has had tremendous impact on the lives of its participants. The RISE club is a place where everyone loves to go - girls, facilitators and guest instructors alike. The issues we deal with are of the very most serious kind; rape, incest, teenage pregnancy, STDs, and all of the emotional issues tied up in these problems. But thanks to Sandals, we can afford the luxury of time for our girls to shed the trauma of their experiences, share coping mechanisms with each other, and empower each other to envision lives that are authentic and self-actualised. We are able to afford guest instructors of the highest level, in the fields of medicine and law, as well as art, yoga and environmental protection. Even though we are in the 6th cycle, the RISE club is proving to be a place where girls from all previous cycles keep dropping back in. They've all kept in touch with us and with each other and our efforts are proving self-sustaining. Sandals has been an incredibly supportive partner and our time together has been richly rewarding. Thank you Sandals!!!
The Sandals Foundation is one of the reasons I love the Caribbean. The Director and her staff are so enthusiastic about the projects that it is fun to get involved and be a part of the giving.
I never go to Caribbean without gifts for schools and children and I am happy to help in any way with this worthwhile and much needed Foundation.
I have been volunteering with the Sandals Foundation for the past 6 years, and the scope of who and what they support is amazing to me. Each time I volunteer, I know I am getting back WAY more than I give. I just can't get enough! My 11yo son participated in one of their Reading Road Trips nearly 3 years ago, and now he is a loyal supporter of the Sandals Foundation as well - so much so, that he is raising money and donating supplies to a specific school in their program. You can't help but want to give back through their programs - especially when your $$ donations are 100% applied to their programs...and your supply donations are put to use immediately!
The Sandals Foundation has made giving back to the Caribbean easier than ever. When giving time and donations you're able to see the immediate impact on the community and those it touches. Knowing that all donations are for those in need makes the foundation unique and one of a kind.
It is amazing what can be done for those in need when all the proceeds go towards helping and not line the pockets of the greedy. We tell all our clients (with our travel agency),when they travel to the islands, to give what they can to the foundation, for this reason. In addition to donating money, we encourage our clients to participate in the Reading Road Trips to visit the children. I have been doing these trips, since the inception, and bringing school supplies, books, toys, and clothing to the islands. The Sandals Foundation makes sure that everything we bring goes to those in need. They work, tirelessly, in supporting the Caribbean, and really make a difference in many peoples' lives. I will continue supporting the foundation, especially, with a little school I sponsor, which is now going to be helped by the foundation! This is so exciting!
I have been volunteering with the Sandals Foundation for the past 6 years, and I can not tell you the changes I have seen in the lives of the people the Sandals Foundation touches. Each time I volunteer I feel as though I am getting back way more than I give. The Sandals foundation has changed the way these children learn, and teaches them the importance of taking care the environment they live in. I love the fact that the Sandals Foundation offers their guests the opportunity to interact with the children during the Reading Road Trip program..... If you haven't participated in one, you must do so in the future.... THANK YOU Sandals Foundation for all you do.
Over 6 short years volunteers, like myself, have been witnessing the Sandals Foundation reach the goals they have been setting. Over the last few years we have witnessed how the Sandals Foundation has helped the environment and Marine life more then I thought was possible. I Remember the discussions about the possibility of Carol reef quality improving with a Marine Sanctuary in the Boscobel area of Jamaica. Now, 6yrs later, the Sandals Foundation has (2) Two Marine Sanctuaries, Boscobel and Whitehouse. The sanctuaries have grown to include the protection of sea turtle eggs and then their release with the help of volunteers and resort volunteers.
The next big excitement for me will be to learn to be a transplant volunteer of coral.
Im looking forward to seeing what comes next year.
What an amazing Foundation. When I donate $100.00, I can see the impact of every dollar of my donations.
For the past 6 years Thousands of volunteers have been supported by the unwavering Stewart family and their Sandals Resorts International as they continue to pay for all administrative cost so that every back pack filled with packed for a purpose items needed and that 100% of every dollar donated has gone to the programs and projects through out the Caribbean sponsored by the Sansals Foundation.
Being 1 of the thousand volunteers continues to put a smile in my heart. I have spoken to many young people from Jamaicians to Bahamians to Grenadia. They have told me how Sansals Foundation has saved Their lives and the lives of many of their friends.
I nominate the Sandals Foundation as a Great Non Profit.