Making a Difference to the Community
The Jungle Bay Community Fund is comprised of donations from guests, staff (they generously give 10% of their tips/gratuities), and lodge owners who together commit to supporting the following community needs. We now also host a Travel Philanthropy Day each September where persons from the surrounding communities gather to commemorate the "Jungle Bay spirit" of supporting the social development of the villages around us. The event highlights the initiatives and contributions we have made that help empower persons for the less fortunate among us.
Some of the larger projects include
- The pharmacy field school rotation started in 2008, which brings 15 US students and professors for two weeks at a time to learn about health care in Dominica and do volunteer work in rural clinics. Prior to the trips, students collect medical supplies from US pharmacies to supplement the rural health clinics and in 2012 alone were able to donate over $50,000 US worth of medical supplies!
- Jungle Bay was a founding partner of Open Books, Open Minds - Leave a Book Behind. A literacy project bringing 250 books per year to hundreds of primary school students in seven schools of the southeast of Dominica. One school went from having among lowest literacy rates on the island to the highest, according to the Ministry of Education. For more information, watch the videos Libraries for Youth in Dominica and Open a book Open a mind. Take a look at the Leave a book behind brochure.
- The House Of Hope was developed and is now operating thanks to generously contribution over $40,000 US dollars from Jungle Bay. This is a community operated facility for indigent children and young adults with severe disabilities from Dominica's southeast. The Employee Community Fund along with the matching funds from Sam and Glenda Raphael, owners of Jungle Bay, provide the salaries necessary for 24 hour supervision and care of patients.
- Sports and recreation are important to the development of children for fitness, community-building and to develop team skills. Jungle Bay has been contributing sports equipment to teams in villages surrounding Jungle Bay since 2006.
- Since 2010, Jungle Bay has been a founder and key partner in “Emerging Entrepreneur and Business Mentor Retreat”. This is a collaborative effort of Waitukubuli Entrepreneurs Levé (WEL), Jungle Bay, Dominica Youth Business Trust and Invest Dominica, with support from additional individual and corporate sponsors, aimed at celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). It provides financial benefits and help the people of Dominica's southeast develop a range of transferable construction skills in a timely manner when local residents were forced to transition after the decline of the banana trade. With unemployment rates in Dominica near 25% its critical to provide business training and mentorship to young adults on the islands and to stimulate the creation of new businesses, many of which can be connected to the ecotourism industry as suppliers or service providers. To date 32 entrepreneurs are in business thanks to this innovative and important program and 123 have benefitted through participation.
- Supporting micro-projects such as providing piped water into under-serviced areas of villages where elderly or disabled are unable to collect water and carry for long distances themselves, providing other support towards alleviation of poverty.
- Owners Sam & Glenda Raphael helped found the South East Tourism Development Committee (SETDC) whose mission is to help develop local capacity for economic opportunities Jungle Bay brings to the area as well as to help ensure environmental protection of the area; through the development of trails, tour guide training, working with schools and young people with respect to conservation issues and working in partnership for the development of the turtle conservation and turtle watching as a tourism attraction.
- In 2006, Jungle Bay launched the Southeast Entrepreneur Loan Fund (SELF), which allowed local entrepreneurs to borrow up to $12,000 EC each for business activities such as organic produce, seafood, local arts/ crafts production and guiding of cultural tours and hikes that can contribute to the Jungle Bay services.
- From 2005-2008 the Jungle Bay family committed to financing high school tuition fees for all students (200+) in the Carib Territory, the Caribbean's last remaining indigenous Amerindian peoples.
- With the generous help of guests Sue McMillan & John McDonald Jungle Bay has started a scholarship fund to assist students in financing their secondary education in Dominica
- Jungle Bay in partnership with Pack for a Purpose invites guests to bring items in their suitcases that would be beneficial to local community members.