The Goldeneye Foundation
The GoldenEye Foundation was established in 1995 by Chris Blackwell as the philanthropic arm of GoldenEye Resort (Based in Jamaica), to be a catalyst for the sustainable development for the Oracabessa community and its environs.
The main goal of this program is to attain healthy, thriving lives and well-being for people within the Oracabessa Community. This program aims to achieve livelihood development for adults and positive engagement for youth.
The GoldenEye Foundation works
towards improving the quality of life
of the people within the Oracabessa
community through projects
implemented from our two core
The core focus of this program is marine
Our initiatives aim to preserve the
biodiversity of Oracabessa Bay as a Marine
Protected Area, for the mutual benefit
of marine life, our local fishermen and the
wider Oracabessa community.
PARTNERING WITH CODITUM/SUMMERTECH TO TEACH YOUTH CODING
Coditum is a tech company based in Weschester, New York. The company offers coding instruction through a learning system that offers personal attention, small class sizes, and teaching tailored to how youth learn.
Coditum provides coding education to beginners, experts and to persons of all ages. Coditum has also been successfully hosting tech camps to youth for years, and will be partnering with the GoldenEye Foundation in Jamaica to teach youth coding, towards preparing them for opportunities as digital entrepreneurs.
Developing Jamaica’s 1st community based coding and App development program
GoldenEye Foundation (located in Jamaica) in partnership with Coditum/SummerTech (located in the US), will be collaborating to implement Jamaica’s 1st community based coding and App development program to benefit youths in the rural community of Oracabessa, Jamaica.
The Covid -19 pandemic has opened up our eyes to the importance of embracing the emerging digital culture, and increasing young persons knowledge of the use of digital tools and software that can enhance our lives and communities.
Youth unemployment has been listed as the #1 development challenge in the community of Oracabessa, based on research done by the Social Development Commission.
We believe that the development and implementation of this program will build the capacity and skillsets of youth in coding and App development, that wouldn’t otherwise be facilitated in the formal secondary schooling system.
Through our program we will be building the capacity of youths, to create opportunities for them to become digital entrepreneurs, and help to create solutions to respond to challenges faced by today’s society.
A Little Bit More About Our Foundation
The GoldenEye Foundation was established by Chris Blackwell as the community resource arm of the GoldenEye Resort, to leverage partnerships and implement programs that results in the improvement in the quality of life of Oracabessa residents and its
environment. The Foundation’s investment in the people and natural environment of Oracabessa will benefit future generations of Oracabessa families, and support the healthy development of Oracabessa as a sustainable coastal town. Our programs target 3 main areas of impact:
- Positive and Engaged Youth
- Livelihood Development
- Marine Conservation
Jacks River Skills Training Center
In 2009 we established the Jacks River Skills Training Center in partnership with the HEART/NSTA Trust (Jamaica’s National Training Agency) to make youth from Oracabessa more employable. We have so far provided vocational skills certification for over 900 persons from the community in the areas of General Construction, Housekeeping and Hospitality Services at our community-based training institute.
- GOAL: 2020-2030
- CERTIFY 1,500 PERSONS
Two Wheels One Love BMX
In 2012 we built the English-speaking Caribbean’s fist BMX track to teach riding skills to our local youth. Since then, we have been using our BMX program as a vehicle to enhance teamwork, discipline and a sense of responsibility in our youth. Our participants utilize our bikes, safety gears and mechanics shop, while enjoy riding at our BMX track weekly.
- GOAL: 2020-2025
- FENCE & RESURFACE
SUPPORTING LOCAL GROWING TOGETHER
Launched in 2020, this program was established to promote alternative livelihood development, and assist persons whose employment had been affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic to start agriculture-based businesses as a form of alternative livelihood. Through this program we provide participants with agricultural supplies, technical support and a 9-month training program in agri-business development.
- GOAL: 2020-2030
- START 100 FARM PROJECTS
Fish Sanctuary Management Program
In 2010 we started the Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary, our very own Marine Protected Area. We utilize a community based marine conservation model, where we partner with our local Oracabessa Fishers Association on all our marine based projects. Our aim is to increase our local fish population and enhance the health of the reefs within the Oracabessa Bay. Our Sanctuary Wardens are all local fishermen. They provide daily patrol of our Fish Sanctuary, and work alongside the community to ensure the area is protected, and our Fishermen enjoy a sustainable livelihood through our community based Blue Economy model
Coral Reef Rehabilitation Program
We have successfully trained our local fishermen as coral gardeners, who have grown and outplanted over 18,000 corals onto the reefs within
our sanctuary as a part of our reef restoration efforts.
- GOAL: 2020-2030
- OUTPLANT 80,000 CORALS
- IN OUR FISH SANCTUARY
Oracabessa Sea Turtle Program
Through our partnership with Mel “The turtle man”, we have released over 250,000 sea turtles from within our sanctuary shores, many of
which are endangered. We provide incubation support, and assist in their safe release.
- GOAL: 2020 – 2025
- BUILD A SOLAR POWER
- TURTLE HATCHERY AND
Oracabessa Dive Center
In 2019 we launched Jamaica’s first Dive Center to be managed by a non profit entity. We are PADI certified, and all profits from our dive services helps to fund our marine conservation program. Our certified Dive Shop staff are all local fishermen from Oracabessa.
- GOAL 2020 – 2030
- TO TRANSFORM ORACABESA INTO A RECOGNISED DIVE DESTINATION
‘This coding and App development program is an important part of our Foundation’s overall response to the impact of the pandemic in our community’
Our Foundation had to be responsive to the impact the Covid-19 pandemic had on Oracabessa. We developed short, medium and long term strategies to help the community to be more resilient to some of the challenges face by the community. These included:
- The health data showed that residents in the community were impacted by the virus, and persons with underlined illnesses died.
- Many students missed out on online classes because of not having digital tools to log on to losses.
- Many persons, especially in the tourism and hospitality and related sectors lost their jobs because of the impact the pandemic had on
As a developing country, initiatives aimed at building capacity in the digital space will be important for creating young professionals to immerse themselves into the digital culture, and take advantage of the many opportunities that will allow them to earn a sustainable livelihood for themselves and their family
Retrofitting Training Area
Coditum has been providing support to the GoldenEye Foundation since summer of 2021, when we jointly hosted a coding Summer Camp in Jamaica.
In a bid to host this program as a long term initiave, Coditum has been assiting the Foundation with retrofiting a space we have above our office for training lab for coding.
We will be installing:
- Fans for ventilation
- Additional plugs for electricity
- Tables and Chairs
- Power strips
- Message boards
- A Television set
Providing laptops for classes
With the support of Coditum, and other external partners, we are seeking support to purchase 20 laptops, external hard drives, and headphones to facilitate classes for our program.
Our aim to to kick start our coding and app development classes in January 2022, at the beginning of the new school year , and manage the program concurrently with the school terms here in Jamaica.
During the Summer holidays, we will also be hosting our special summer camp series in partnership with Coditum for local teens within the community.