By: Beach Bum Nanda
Agents of Beach Bum Vacation and philanthropic volunteers launched Beach Bum Cares about two years ago in a mission to provide children & their families aid, relief, & educational supplies. While traveling, we always make an effort to visit a school, orphanage or other institution in need. During our latest trip to the Bahamas at the beginning of September we had the opportunity to team up with the Sandals Foundation and visit the Bahamas AIDS Foundation in Nassau.
For two and a half years the Bahamas AIDS Foundation has been offering a program which provides assistance to pre-teens, adolescents and their families whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS. Currently, they are working with 30 students and by extension their families for a reach of over 100 people. Their program ensures medical adherence, improvement in school attendance and GPA and a better quality of life inclusive of goal setting and attainment.
The outreach program does not have a graduation period, however as students progress from one grade level to the next, the dynamics of support they receive from the program may change. For example, students begin receiving help with grade level subjects and progress to assistance with national examinations, work skills and training inclusive of interviewing techniques, completing job applications and adhering to dress codes.
On September 4th we arranged a back to school party where we served lunch, donated supplies and played fun games 🙂 We donated school and teaching supplies including a laptop which came just in time as the one they were using had just broken, medical supplies (this is always important as it’s so expensive on the islands) and of course we brought candy! The kids were so excited for the gum and would playfully fight over it. We know to bring more next time!
With 24 agents contributing, the amount of supplies we were able to donate was quite overwhelming, totaling over $700.00 in value!
It’s a blessing to be able to give back and make these visits a part of our travels. With combined efforts we know we can make a tremendous difference in so many lives. Seeing the joy that such simple gifts brought to those children is something we won’t soon forget.
We’d love your help in raising funds to provide aid, relief and educational supplies to our partner schools or organizations! If you are interested in participating in a donation trip while you are traveling please let us know and we can help you set it up!
It is a unique and fantastic opportunity for Beach Bum Vacation to give back to the communities that provide our clients and us amazing destinations to visit.