Jam Cruise 6 was carbon neutral! For the third year in a row, Jam Cruise included carbon-offsetting options for passengers. With proceeds from the auction, passenger donations and financial support from Cloud 9 Adventures, Jam Cruise 6 offset 100% of the emissions from the five-day cruise. We worked together with Trees, Water & People to achieve this feat. TWP is an internationally recognized non-profit organization that helps communities start self-sufficient tree nurseries responsible for the planting of 2.1 million trees. The other program that JC6 supported has helped TWP build 23,000 fuel-efficient stoves that use 75% less wood than conventional methods. TWP’s international programs have been recognized nationally and internationally, receiving the Ashden Award for Renewable Energy.
Proceeds from the auction on Jam Cruise 6 supported our carbon offsetting efforts. Thank you to all the folks who donated items for the auction and to those who bid on items. A special thanks to LEBO for donating a live Jam Cruise 6 painting. Proceeds from LEBO’s painting as used to purchase a much needed copy machine for the Roatan Children’s Fund school.
After the beach clean up, we delivered school supplies to the Cozumel Chrysalis Group and donated $450 to NUAFA’s Women’s Shelter (Nucleo de Apoya Familiar – means Heart of Family Support). Not long after our visit we received these words of thanks from NUAFA: “…the cash donation was used for a significant facility improvement…to have new iron gates made, painted and installed on the patio which is the entrance to NUAFA. The gates provide greater security for the children in daycare and also secure the property to prevent loss of assets. This is the first time that NUAFA has had a way to lock the facility! New gates have been needed for a very long time but the organization didn’t have the resources to replace the old rickety ones. THANKS again for all your time and effort invested in coordinating activities to benefit Cozumel!”
In Cozumel, 30 Jam Cruise passengers and artists cleaned up 1,000 pounds of trash in just over an hour on a beach about two miles away from our port. It was a fun and rewarding experience for all.
We made an additional gift to the Roatan Children’s Fund of a high quality copy machine. The copy machine was purchased with the proceeds that were generated by auctioning off one of LEBO’s live JC6 paintings. The thank you note we received from RCF’s Executive Director highlights just how important this donation was to them: “It’s hard to understand how a school with over 620 students has actually operated for so long without a copier. Your generous donation will now forever change the way this school will be able to operate. The teachers will now be able to pass out home work and tests to the students. The administration will have the ability to send notes and announcements home to parents. The principal will have a way to get information out to all the teachers. We take all these simple things for granted (in the USA) but this school has not been able to afford this type of communication. I want you to know how much your gift will help the Arnaldo Auld School and all the children for years and years to come.“
In partnership with Conscious Alliance we coordinated a extremely successful school supplies drive. JC6 passengers generously donated two pallets of much needed school supplies which went directly to children’s charities in Roatan and Cozumel. In addition, Conscious Alliance donated 1000 pounds of Pangea Organics soap to the Roatan Children’s Fund and Trojan donated 3,000 condoms which we delivered to the AIDS Prevention Program in Roatan.
While we were delivering supplies in Roatan we stopped by the Majken Broby Children’s Home where 14 JC6 artists played a joyful set of acoustic music for the children who live at the orphanage. This event positively touched the lives of not only the children but also of those of us lucky enough to be present.