Our day in Costa Maya highlighted just how Positive Legacy and the Jam Cruise community can make a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of others. The day began with a visit to KM55 “kinder” school, which we provided financial support to back in 2009 to build new walls, a new roof, and basic classroom supplies. In 2009, this impoverished school supported 20 pre-school to early elementary age children. Since that time, the school has expanded to serve 70 children and has been in desperate need of a modern bathroom facility with running water and septic. Funds raised through the benefit, auction, and a donation from Cloud 9 have been used to fulfill that wish. After being warmly greeted with a resounding “buenos diaz” by the children, participants toured the tiny school and saw the new facility under construction. We then headed to the coast to perform a beach cleanup with the children, families, and teachers, which ended at our celebration site in Mahahual, where we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of sharing music and local cuisine with the children and community members.
Many thanks to David Gans, Matt Butler, Zach Deputy, and members of Greensky Bluegrass (Anders Beck, Mike Devol, Mike Bont, Dave Bruzza) for sharing this day with us. None of us will soon forget the smiles on the children’s faces as they sang for us and hula hooped to some fine picking music.
Support the KM55 School and Library with special guests David Gans, Matt Butler and more
Beach Clean Up, Community Celebration, Benefit, Music & Fun
Jam Cruise 9 returns to Costa Maya this year providing a wonderful opportunity to build upon our Positive Legacy work from Jam Cruise 7. In 2009, Cloud 9 provided financial support to help rebuild and resupply the KM55 “kinder” school in Mahahual and Las Casitas, which were heavily damaged by a Category 5 Hurricane. Also provided were additional donations of school supplies, solar ovens, refurbished laptops, and musical instruments to support those communities.
Join Positive Legacy for the opportunity to reconnect with the local community in Mahahual. Proceeds from this event and a donation from Cloud 9 will support additional renovations at KM55 School and support a local library project. We will start the day with a brief visit to the nearby KM55 School. We will then walk a mile stretch along the beach with the school children, picking up trash as we go. Then we will spend the rest of the day enjoying a song and dance presentation by the kids, lunch prepared by local cooks, tasty treats courtesy of Ice Cream Man, music by Jam Cruise Artists, and free time to swim in the ocean, play soccer and tour the town as desired.
The cost of this benefit event is $70 per person, $35 for kids. A portion of the ticket price will be tax-deductible as a charitable donation. Tickets will be will-call and all participants must be in Greening HQ by 8:45am ship time. Please note that due to local politics, we cannot provide round trip bus service. All participants should plan to have $5 cash on hand for the return trip to port via local taxis. Taxis will shuttle participants back to the ship from 2:30 – 3pm ship time. Purchase tickets here.
Support the SOL International Foundation with ALO, Nathan Moore and Matt Butler
Local Community outreach, education, fundraising, music and the arts
Our Positive Legacy event in Roatan supports the School of Life (SOL) International Foundation’s commitment to enhancing the standards of education, arts and athletics in Roatan. With help from Jam Cruise attendees, Cloud 9 and Positive Legacy will also be presenting donations to the SOL International Foundation and the Roatan Children’s Fund.
This excursion includes local style cuisine, transportation, community activities, mural painting activity led by LEBO and a live local reggae band featuring very special Jam Cruise Artists. Ice Cream Man will be bringing their tasty treats to the island to share with the youth and all in attendance. There will be an opportunity for guests to have free beach time or visit the famous Carambola Gardens, a beautiful botanical garden and lush tropical forest which is a one minute walk from SOL headquarters. Admission to the gardens is an additional $6.
The ticket cost for this benefit event is $75.00 per person, $37.50 for kids. A portion of the ticket price will be tax-deductible as a charitable donation. Tickets will be will-call and all participants must be in Greening HQ by 9:30am ship time. We will return to the ship at 4:30pm ship time. Purchase tickets here.
We received some heart-warming news about one of the solar ovens we donated on Jam Cruise 7. This one made it’s way to Chacchoben, which is a two-thousand year old pueblo in the jungle in Costa Maya. The recipient is a 90-year-old man who has lived in the pueblo all his life. We received some photos which captured how emotional he was when the oven was presented to him. And another, which showed what he used to cook with daily until receiving the new solar oven. The images were priceless, and made it very apparent that changing lives is our greatest reward!
While in Costa Maya, nearly 100 Jam Cruise passengers joined the green team and 50 children from the Limones Primary School, along with local residents, community leaders and business owners to clean up a stretch of beach just a few miles from the port. In less than an hour the group picked up approximately 1 ton of trash! After the clean up, participants joined our new friends in Costa Maya for a day at the beach, presented the Jam Cruise donations to several local schools, frolicked in the ocean, played beach soccer and enjoying each other’s company and a delicious meal. This event demonstrates that being stewards to the earth is not only the right thing to do, but it brings people together and can be a lot of fun!
The green team worked with Padres de Familia Kinder in Km 55, a school in Costa Maya, Mexico devastated by Hurricane Dean, to make much needed repairs to their facility. Following the hurricane in 2007, all that remained of the school was a simple cinderblock structure with incomplete plywood walls and a tar paper roof, offering students little to no protection from wind and rain. Cloud 9 sent $1420 to the kinder one month before visiting Costa Maya, allowing them to purchase construction materials for the needed repairs. While on the ship, passengers who became aware of the repair project matched that donation with an additional $1440 to help the kinder continue renovations.