Sandals Foundation supports projects and programmes that lend to the development of local communities, educational initiatives and the environment within Saint Lucia.
Designed to equip young St. Lucians eager of becoming entrepreneurs
School programme that encourages youth development through a balance of education, sports and life skills
Helps to protect the endangered and culturally significant Lansan tree through public education and training for local tappers
Our Programs & Projects
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 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.
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.