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Selected projects, created in collaboration with the Sandals Foundation to commemorate Sandals’ 40th anniversary, uplift communities and provide opportunities for guests to volunteer. Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has announced the full list of initiatives under its 40 for 40 Initiative, in collaboration with its philanthropic arm, the not-for-profit Sandals Foundation.
Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has picked 40 projects across eight Caribbean destinations where SRI operates that best highlight the extraordinary link between tourism and its capacity to alter communities and enhance local lives as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations. The 40 for 40 Initiative projects were chosen from six categories: preserving natural resources through conservation efforts and tours; investing in food security by supporting and working with local farmers; hospitality training and certification to ensure ongoing excellence; cultural heritage preservation through support of local artisans and music education and entertainment; and bolstering local economies through Small Business and Community Market Support.
SRI team members from Sandals Resorts, Beaches® Resorts, and the Sandals Foundation will be working hard around the Caribbean to make these initiatives a reality. Many of the events taking place throughout the region can be supported and participated in by visitors. SRI has made the environment a priority through the Sandals Foundation, investing millions in education and advocacy programs, constructing marine sanctuaries, out-planting over 12,000 corals, and engaging over 55,000 individuals in conservation projects. Now, the team will work to conserve the region’s natural resources by boosting marine conservation initiatives.
The team has teamed with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) to implement its ‘Sea the Legacy of Love’ Scholarship Program in honor of its late Founder, Chairman, and philanthropic stalwart, Gordon “Butch” Stewart. The initiative will deliver dive certifications to 40 Caribbean nationals from six islands, ranging from open water to master level. This, combined with possibilities for tourists to participate in activities like coral out-planting in Jamaica and St. Lucia, will have a long-term impact on life beneath the sea.
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