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Review for Spring Mountain Benefit Corp, Naugatuck, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've spent time in Green Island Jamaica on a few occasions while I was on vacation in Jamaica. We stayed at spring mountain villa which donates it's profits to it's namesakes charity. It's a wonderful place atop a beautiful mountain with ocean views. I went with a good friend who had stayed there many times and has made Jamaica a big part of her life. For me it was my first time out of the states since I was a child and first ever to a tropical island. We arrived in Montego Bay and had to drive to green island passing through Negril on the way. There were little hotels and a small ocean side city in Negril. Jimmy Buffets cheeseburgers and Sandals resort were on the way out of town. In a bit we reached green island. As we drove up the narrow mountain road we passed the homes of the locals. Manny of the houses were little more than plywood and patchwork with corrugated metal sheets for roofs and fencing. There were concrete and cinderblock homes as well. Manny buildings that were larger were in stages of forgotten construction. It must have been Sunday because we passed a few small churches which had rather large attendance. One nice older church was only a shell and had no roof, still there was a full service in swing. I really didn't know any of Jamaica's history and received the abbreviated version. At one point I noticed a thin PVC pipe half inch at most running above ground right next to the road. I was told it was water for the entire mountain, this blew my mind and brought into perspective a lot of things we take for granted back home here in the states. Sure enough I saw a few if the local men fixing the water line one day after a car had bumped into it, I also learned that even with the tiny pipe ship shape there are times that the water is shut off and diverted to the "more important needs". We had rather large water tanks at the villa so water was no issue. Every where we went the people were warm and excited to have us. Hard times have taken there toll on much of the world, for a place like Jamaica which depends on tourism to flourish it's that much tougher. Spring Mountain Benefit is trying to help address some of the issues. One that stands out for me was education for the local kids. Schools require fees, and the kids wear uniforms. All of that adds up to money that I'm sure some family's don't have. There's plenty of places that help is needed all around down there and this charity is a step in the right direction. With a little help from others I believe that Spring Mountain Benefit corp can really help some kind and decent people in need. Help out if you can or if you like the idea of getting more hands on look into the villa I mentioned and go spend time with the people you'll be helping.

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