Treasure Beach is a community-based tourism destination. We care about the future of this area, its schools, and its residents. We believe that the focus of development must benefit and envelop the entire community, not just the tourism sector.
To that end, we feature area organizations working towards strengthening the backbone of the community through education, environmental awareness, neighborhood projects, etc.
We are confident that by giving them Internet exposure these groups can benefit from others' knowledge, experience, and generosity.
Schools and Educational Institutions
Treasure Beach's local primary school had an enrollment
last year of 216 students, ranging in age from 6 to 12, and employed seven teachers.
Projects to date:
It is possible to sponsor a child's school expenses at a cost of US$550.00 per year.
Sandy Bank Basic School
Treasure Beach's local basic school had an enrollment
last year of 100 students, ranging in age from 3 to 6, and employed four teachers.
It is possible to sponsor a child's school expenses at a cost of US$750.00 per year.
Future projects :
The aim of God's School is to educate for life --the good life, the better life, the life that now is, and the life that will be forever. A knowledge and love of a personal Father God, and all that he has erected, we desire to be the fundamentals of all that we teach. And the reports of parents and teachers from other schools have been most encouraging concerning children that have passed through our school.
God's school provides education for 40 students, ages 3 - 12, taught by three teachers. Unfortunately approximately 1/3 of the kids have not the means from their parents to pay the school fees which are JA$1000 per term. From these fees our teachers are paid. This is our greatest need and the most meaningful aid we could hope for.
Malvern Science Resource Centre
"Only one Jamaican child in 5 between the ages of 11 to 13 will go to high school. Where will the others learn?"
Projects to date:
The Treasure Beach Citizen's Association
Started January 10, 1988, the Association has undertaken many projects:
Breds Treasure Beach
"Breds" is a community based, nonprofit organization which was formed in March 1998 to promote sports, education and heritage in Treasure Beach. There are seven members on the Board of Directors and a group of volunteers.
Projects to date:
Breds is funded by donations, and as such, would greatly appreciate any contribution that you could make. Checks should be made out to the Treasure Beach Foundation and given to Tanya, Director of Breds and Jake's accountant.
Calabash Bay Fisherman's Co-op
Projects to date:
Treasure Beach Foundation
Treasure Beach Foundation is an organization which benefits the residents of Treasure Beach, Jamaica. We work with the Treasure Beach community to provide educational opportunities to maximize the residents’ potential to lead fulfilling, productive lives. We serve as advocates for many whose voices are often unheard.
We provide opportunities—not handouts.
We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit foundation; this means all donations are fully tax-deductible in accordance with U.S. IRS regulations.
We have no paid staff members, pay no rent, and incur few outside expenses. Therefore, unlike many other charities, we have absolutely minimal overhead. This means that the vast majority of the money we raise is used to benefit the residents of Treasure Beach.
Current Project: Awarding Scholarships in Treasure Beach
Education is expensive in Jamaica. For instance, to have their child attend a Jamaican high school (seven years beginning with 7th grade), the family must bear the full cost of transportation, books, school supplies, uniforms, lunches, snacks, lab fees, and other incidental fees. Depending upon which public high school a student attends (determined by the results of the GSAT—Sixth Grade Achievement Test), the cost for one year of high school ranges from about $2,000 to $2,400 (U.S.). Unfortunately, attending school is often an unaffordable luxury in Treasure Beach.
In 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 we provided scholarships (on a competitive basis) to a total of 22 outstanding students as they entered high school after graduation from Sandy Bank Primary School. To keep their scholarships, the recipients must maintain an excellent grade point average over the school year. Also, they must select another student (from outside their household) to tutor on a weekly basis—one way they can pass on the tradition of learning and give back to their community. We plan to continue to award more scholarships—and shall continue to assist prior winners. This means, so long as we are able to raise sufficient funds, this program will continue to grow in size and scope.
We know that helping the most dedicated and promising students achieve their potential will assure them of being able to continue their education beyond elementary school, encourage them to give back to their community—and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
Current Project: Mentoring Treasure Beach Students
March 2009 marked the fifth annual trip arranged by Treasure Beach Foundation for students from the University of Virginia (UVA) to spend a week in Treasure Beach, working with students from both Sandy Bank Primary School and Sandy Bank Basic School. The UVA groups have ranged from 14 to 36 students. (No Foundation funds are expended for this purpose.) This initiative also brings money into the community in the form of accommodations, meals, transport, and other expenses incurred by the students.
Current Project: Providing Books, Computer Hardware, and Software to Sandy Bank Primary School and Scholarship Recipients
We raised funds and coordinated the construction of large bookcases for each classroom—plus one for the teachers—at Sandy Bank Primary School. We are working to fill those shelves with appropriate books and learning materials. We also provided the majority of the funds necessary to procure a high-speed copier for the school.
Moreover, we gave the majority of the salary for an assistant teacher at Sandy Bank Primary School for the 2008/09 school year because funds for this were not included in the budget from the Jamaican Ministry of Education.
We have supplied computer equipment and software to area schools, as well as for many of the scholarship recipients.
We have also provided physical improvements for the Sandy Bank Basic School, including bookcases, cabinets, and desks and chairs.
Prior Project: Hurricane Dean Rebuilding
Treasure Beach was hit with a Category 4 hurricane in 2007, causing massive damage to schools and residences. Because we had surveyed damage, collected funds, and distributed coupons for supplies with which to rebuild after Hurricane Ivan in 2004, we were totally prepared to hit the ground running as soon as we realized the damage caused by Dean. We collected sufficient money to assist 132 families rebuild, concentrating on those with small children and elderly who had no other means of assisting themselves.
Prior Project: Hurricane Ivan Rebuilding
Our first initiative was to collect money for the devastating emergency that resulted from Hurricane Ivan in September 2004. Treasure Beach Foundation collected more than $20,000 (U.S.) from more than 100 donors, mostly from guests who also loved the people, but also from caring villa owners, as well as relatives and personal friends. And, due to the generosity of so many, we were instrumental in supplying emergency rebuilding supplies to families from Fort Charles to Calabash Bay—enabling them to pick up the pieces and begin their lives anew.
What’s Needed: Financial Donations
Your donation, in any amount, will help us achieve our continuing goals. Your donation will make a very meaningful difference in the life of an exceedingly promising student. And, it will end up benefiting the entire Treasure Beach community.
Please make your check (U.S. funds only) payable to Treasure Beach Foundation and mail it to:
You may donate online (in any currency) by going to: https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=11258
We are a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. As such, you are allowed to deduct your donation in accordance with U.S. Internal Revenue Service guidelines.
What’s Needed: Books, Computer Hardware, and Computer Software
We are doing our best to fill the shelves of Sandy Bank Primary School. The school needs books appropriate for elementary school children, as well as for their teachers.
The school is also in need of computer hardware and software. There is a special need for interactive educational software.
All items may be used but must be in excellent condition.
For More Information:
Treasure Beach Ital Farmers Association
Providing Organic Produce to the Community of Treasure Beach
The Current Goals of TIFA Include:
Treasure Beach Women's Group
The Treasure Beach Women's Group is a non-profit organization formed in September 2000 with the assistance of the Bureau of Women's Affairs. Our mission is to promote the advancement of women and the Treasure Beach community as a whole, through education, income producing projects, and awareness of women's health and women's issues.
Since our inception we have:
Our goals for the near future include