Philanthropy Day at Jungle Bay

Sam Raphael (r) of Jungle Bay made a number of presentations on behalf of his company during the event
Sam Raphael (r) of Jungle Bay made a number of presentations on behalf of his company during the event

Over 200 Dominicans gathered at Jungle Bay to celebrate its annual Philanthropy Day.  This annual event highlights Jungle Bay’s initiatives aimed at improving the lives of the people of the southeast.  The theme of this year’s event was “shaping our youth for a brighter tomorrow“.  The feature address was delivered by former US Virgin Islands, Senator Patrick Louis Hill, who encouraged the attendees to keep the culture of giving back to their community alive.  Hill, who hails from the Carib Territory, reminded the packed audience that everyone has something they can contribute to improve their community.

The event showcased Jungle Bay initiatives including the “Open Books, Open Minds” community literacy program, ongoing support for the House of Hope and the WEL entrepreneurship program, which has to date mentored 97 young Dominican entrepreneurs.  Attorney Singoalla Blomquist expressed her gratitude to Jungle Bay for creating jobs and opportunities for the people of her community to earn a livelihood, especially the local farmers.  As part of the event, Jungle Bay donated a laptop computer to the Petite Savanne Health Center, school supplies to area pre-schools, and seed money to start a campaign to assist paraplegic WEL entrepreneur Dione Green obtain prosthetic legs.  Dub poet Ras Moe enchanted the audience with cultural poetry, drumming and songs.

Jungle Bay is 35-cottage luxury eco-adventure resort located on the southeast coast of Dominica.   The property has received international recognition for its unique sustainable tourism concept that focuses on enhancing the natural environment, improving the livelihood of surrounding communities, and providing quality, comfortable nature-based experiences to it’s guests.   Jungle Bay opened in 2005 and employs sixty-five (65) persons from the surrounding communities in addition to purchasing supplies from over forty (40) local vendors.

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  1. Emile Zapatos
    September 1, 2014

    Thanks Jungle Bay. Congratulation on a job well done. I am sure people and students of Conservation and Environment will see that the right approach to tourism can protect the environment, promote agricultural development ( people must eat) and develop the community and even the country.
    This is the perfect example of sustainable development.
    Daniel D Chiras and Al Gore could be your student in Environmental Science. It certainly has hands on Phd potential.

    • Emile Zapatos
      September 1, 2014

      This is among the first in natural biomes as observed in Thailand and the Woodlands in Texas. We certainly are in important company.
      We are top dog, because those development are not designed to focus on develop of Agriculture or local communities. Their focus is more on environmental protection. We are the total package.

  2. Positively Dominican
    September 1, 2014

    Kudos to you Mr Sam Raphael for supporting your Community and the people of Dominica. May your blessings be increased 1000 times as you continue to bless the less fortunate and needy in Dominica. I am a proud Dominican!!

  3. Great
    September 1, 2014

    well done Sam! Keep on doing a good job. May the Lord continue to bless you as you bless others.

  4. Petite Savanne
    September 1, 2014

    Excellent initiative Mr. Raphael and team. Keep up the good work. I would like to see the other hoteliers take a page from your book and give back to the Dominican public/children. When you open your hand to give, you receive twice as much in return.

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  6. change must come
    August 31, 2014

    good job sam. may God continue to bless you and your business endeavors.

    • Emile Zapatos
      September 1, 2014

      @Change must come…. this is change that we should set our minds on. Development change will be accelerated when we show initiative in the private sector.

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