Our Supported Projects
Sandals Foundation supports projects and programmes that lend to the development of local communities, educational initiatives and the environment within Saint Lucia.
Business Enthusiast Program
Our Programs & Projects
the school of business entrepreneurs
The Business Enthusiast 101 project was a result of the increase in the nation’s unemployment rate and the effects it has on young people.
It targets people between the ages of 16 and 30 with a hope of encouraging entrepreneurship as well as instilling values necessary for attaining sustainable success.
The programme is geared to empower 240 secondary and tertiary graduatess over three terms. The workshops are centered on topics such as: Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset, Personal Development, Importance of Technology, Business Licensing, Customer Service & Team Building.
The programme has had successes visible through the launching of businesses by the programme’s participants.
The Sandals Foundation has partnered with the Saint Lucia Crisis Center on several groundbreaking programs that target at-risk youth and challenged mothers from in and around the Castries community. One of the main on-going programmes stemming from this collaboration is the After-School Care and Extended Support (ACES) Program.
Children from inner city Castries are benefiting from the Sandals Foundation Program in partnership with the Saint Lucia Crisis Center. The EC$41,376 annual initiative, which began in 2012, caters to 49 registered children.
The programme offers a safe environment, a balanced meal each day and social support for the children and their parents. The afternoon schedule includes spiritual guidance, educational assistance and research facilitation. Social skills are also on the front burner of ACES with lessons on proper hygiene, good manners and the correct use of cutlery.
The Sandals Foundation Cricket Academy is a program resulting from a partnership with the Government of St. Lucia and has been in existence for almost fifteen years. A staple in the island’s sporting calendar, the Academy produces key players for Windward and Leeward Islands and ultimately West Indies cricket selection.
Each year 25 youth are selected and these U15 players undergo one week of intense cricket skills development sessions to include the fundamentals of batting, bowling and fielding during the morning sessions. In the evening the young athletes are exposed to life skill training such as public speaking and healthy lifestyle sessions.
The lifetime sessions are facilitated by highly qualified current and former legendary West Indies Cricket players and coaches such as Brian Lara and Sir Garfield Sobers.
Tigers inflow tennis academy
The Foundation’s partnership with the Academy provides free tennis lessons on a weekly basis and life coaching to over 200 children where they are taught the importance of sports and education, discipline and personal development in order to be successful throughout life and become positive contributing members of society.
In 2015, the Sandals Foundation funded the overall execution of the programme including coaching, and the purchasing of equipment and uniforms.
In 2016, the Foundation donationed over USD $43,000 to facilitate in the resurfacing of the two tennis courts to its previous state of splendour; as well as fencing the area within the Kenneth Wriggler King Multipurpose Complex which houses the Academy.
The goal of the programme is to provide training and resources to better diagnose and treat children with cancer and serious blood disorders across the Caribbean. The Sandals Foundation has been instrumental in funding three main initiatives:
• Nurse training
• Creating a telemedicine room in Saint Lucia so local medical experts can present patient cases to SickKids for advice as well as to help link doctors in neighbouring Caribbean islands
• Funding the training of a paediatric oncologist, Dr. Chantelle Browne, who will return to her home country of Barbados after completing a two-year fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and become the second paediatric ongologist in the Eastern Caribbean
Lansan tree project
The Lansan tree is an endangered species due to deforestation and over exploitation for its aromatic white resin. This partnership will see the protection and preservation of the Lansan which is unique to Saint Lucia and the Windward Islands.
From 2016 to 2018, The Foundation and The Foundation and Fauna & Floral Internatiotnal (FFI) are partnering, with the help of the local Forestry Department, to provide training for 50-150 individuals from rural communities. These individuals (Tappers) will be provided with equipment, licenses and allotted trees to utilize.
The initiative will also look to benefit traders and thousands of consumers of the Lansan tree by ensuring that the product is both lawful and sustainable. In addition, at least a dozen St. Lucia Forestry Department staff will also receive training and guidance from FFI in mentoring, analysis and management skills.
marchand combined school
In 2015, Sandals Foundation added Marchand Combined School to its list of adopted schools. The 220 student population benefits from a daily breakfast programme funded by the Foundation.
As an adopted school, they were afforded the furnishing of their library with a wide range of reading books for boys and girls from Kindergarten to Grade 6 through Sandals Foundation’s partnership with Hands Across the Sea.
The Sandals Foundation endeavors to support the infrastructural and project needs of the learning institutions that they take under their wings.
The Sandals Foundation believes that Early Childhood Education is fundamental to the holistic development of a child. In an effort to support and boost education at the Balata Preschool, the Sandals Foundation adopted the school and its 170 students between the ages of 2 - 5 years.
The school has substantially benefited from donations of school supplies, teaching aids, sporting resources and first aid supplies through multiple partnerships forged by Sandals Foundation. Some of the programmes that have made Balata Preschool a beneficiary are: Scholastic Reading Road Trip, Pack for a Purpose and Hands Across the Sea.
In 2009 the Balata School saw the completion of a library/computer room which was built and equipped by the Sandals’ team.