The SJF believes in the power of parenting, sport and a healthy lifestyle to positively impact a child’s life outcomes. In addition, the foundation supports social, educational, cultural and community-based projects to encourage the fight against poverty.
ANNUAL Celebration of NATIONAL PARENT MONTH
In 2008, The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation’s (SJF) again showed its commitment to promoting and implementing projects which increase the social, educational, and economic well-being of all Jamaican people when it joined with the Ministry of Education (MOE) in supporting the National Parent’s Month’s celebrations. Each November since then, The SJF has hosted the National Parent Month Awards Ceremony at one of its member hotels in which 12 Model Parents (2 from each of the MOE’s 6 regions) are presented with a certificate for a complimentary weekend for themselves and up to 3 others at one of the member hotels. In 2012, The SJF extended this project to the early childhood sector by adding 12 awards for day passes for the parents and up to 3 family members.
THE REAL MADRID FOOTBALL SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL INTEGRATION (RMFSSI)
In Jamaica, one third of the total population is aged between 10 to 24 years and according to data from UNICEF, almost half of those who live in poverty in Jamaica are children. In 2009 the SJF decided to partner with the Real Madrid Foundation and create a football school for underprivileged and vulnerable young people based in Montego Bay on land graciously provided by Rose Hall Developments Ltd. Targeting young people between the ages of 7-14 years the RMFSSI focuses not only on the physical training of its participants, conducting but as well as on the development of life-skills and the teaching of literacy and Spanish as a foreign language. To date the SJF has expended close to JD10m on this project using sports as a tool for social development.
SJF SUPPORTS 2008 OLYMPIANS HOMECOMING
The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation donated JD4million to assist in supporting national celebrations of the tremendous accomplishments of Jamaican athletes in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.