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.