The Half Moon Foundation seeks to identify and support initiatives that make meaningful and sustainable impact on the lives of Jamaicans through investments in education, community service and environmental protection and preservation.
Half Moon's philanthropic journey spans over 40 years and began with Half Moon partnering with SOS International to assist in establishing a facility in Montego Bay. This resulted in the construction of a four bedroom house aptly named the Half Moon House which accommodated 8 children and one house mother. It was off the heels of this that Half Moon expanded its philanthropic efforts, supported by the generosity of guests through the Dollar a Day donation programme, corporate support and charitable fundraising events.
In the field of education, we have adopted the Barrett Town All Age School, administer a scholarship programme for tertiary level institutions in hospitality management, facilitate work experience for secondary and tertiary level students and operate a trainee management programme.
Our community service outreach sees the ongoing maintenance of the Half Moon House at the SOS Children's Village, the implementation of a coordinated programme with the Granville Place of Safety for Girls and support for the elderly and mentally ill.
We have been a long-standing supporter of the Montego Bay Marine Park and are active participants in World Wetlands Day and Earth Day programmes.
In April 2011, Half Moon initiated the Guest Dollar Donation Programme where guests staying at the resort are invited to donate US$2 per room per night. These donations are the bedrock of the Half Moon Foundation, enabling us to carry out our efforts to improve the livelihood of local Jamaicans, through investments in education, care for the elderly, mentally ill and children; and initiatives for environmental preservation.
The Pack for a Purpose programme gives travelers the opportunity to contribute to the needs of the less fortunate children in the countries they visit. Half Moon is partnering with the neighboring Barrett Town All-Age School and invites you to join the mission to assist the over 300 students between the ages of six and fourteen enrolled in the school. The current staff population of thirteen teachers welcomes donations of school supplies including notebooks, pencils pens, erasers, crayons, rulers etc. View instructions on "How to Pack for a Purpose".
Half Moon is committed to the protection and preservation of the environment and incorporates practices that achieve these objectives. Certified by Green Globe we have a dedicated team whose mission is to spearhead, maintain, teach and institute best practices at the resort as well as outreach activities to the wider community.