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.
While in Belize, 70 passengers and artists joined the green team for a day of learning, connection and giving at the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Participants presented the passenger donations and solar ovens to our beneficiaries, and were treated to informative talks by local community leaders and environmental educators, as well as a fabulous performance by the Maroon Creole Drum School and local dancers. The Maroon Creole Drum School is led by Emmet Smith, a former pro soccer player. Under his lead, their village teaches children indigenous drumming rhythms, dancing and soccer. Cloud 9 Adventures donated 2 full team sets of uniforms, cleats, socks and shin guards to their community to further the development of their youth soccer program.