Healthy Lifestyles & Environment

The SJF is committed to supporting community health, wellness and environmental projects.
Although there are health centres in many of Jamaica’s depressed communities, it is often difficult for the children and the elderly to access these services due to challenges with transportation and adequate funds.  As a result, The SJF launches an Annual Back to School Health and Information Fair in collaboration with the Social Development Commission (SDC). Close to 500 people benefit from the event.
Each year the Fair is staged in a different low income community and addresses the needs of children returning to school by providing immunizations, completion of medical forms, eye care, hearing tests,  counselling on oral hygiene, personal hygiene, safety, finances and matters affecting the youth. The elderly are also given the opportunity to have their blood pressure and glucose levels checked. Social service providers are invited to participate and disseminate information regarding services available for the welfare of the children and other community members. Close to 500 people participate each year.
This year’s Health and Information Fair was held on August 21st, 2015 at Spot Valley High School in St. James, and was a tremendous success! For further information on this year’s event see our 2015 Project Summary – Health. (Click “Projects”).
In 2011, The Spanish Jamaican Foundation along with MBJ Airports (one of the main shareholders in Sangster’s International Airport) and Seawind Key Investments Ltd. (developers of the future Secrets Resort in Freeport Montego Bay), partnered with the Montego Bay Marine Park to launch an environmental project in schools aimed at safeguarding the marine environment and also provided the Park with 12 waste disposal skips so as to dissuade the public from dumping garbage into the North Gully which runs into the sea and threatens the wildlife in the area.
Since its inception in 2006, the SJF has chosen to support worthwhile causes including the ELIM Women’s Cooperative in St. Elizabeth’s Children’s Centre, the St. Patrick’s Foundation run Riverton City Basic School and, most recently, in 2012, the Trelawny based Granville Place of Safety.  This treat was staged by The SJF and included an educational talk on health/wellness and also provided the first instalment of a year’s worth of medical and personal hygiene supplies.  This project will be expanded in 2013 into a broader SJF wellness initiative serving the remaining 7 government run children’s homes and involving the provision of additional supplies and training in child sexual abuse awareness and prevention.
The SJF has, since its inception, had a keen interest in assisting Jamaicans with physical and mental challenges by offering them opportunities for training and employment.
It is estimated that over 25,000 Jamaicans are blind. The more fortunate ones attend the Salvation Army School for the Blind until they are 18 years old after which they are put in contact with the Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB) to continue receiving support and guidance.
In February of this year, the SJF promised contributions of J$75,000.00 to the JSB and the Society for the Blind at a recital by acclaimed Spanish pianist David Gómez held at the residence of SJF president H.E. Celsa Nuño. Members of the Jamaica Society for the Blind were special guests at the performance and the dinner that followed. On Tuesday, March 26th, The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, represented by its president, the Spanish Ambassador, H.E. Celsa Nuño, donated a computer, audiobooks, CDs, a portable CD/cassette player, GSAT CDs, and crayons all valued at J$75,000.00 to the Salvation Army School for the Blind. A similar donation has also been made to the Society for the Blind.
It is hoped that through this initiative, both entities will be better able to provide training and support to their members and students thus helping them to achieve independence and to make positive contributions to the economy.