Over 20 Sandals Foundation Volunteers joined with Sandra Myers of the TTFF to take part in the event and the precursor to a national launch in which it is hoped that 105 Primary Schools in Barbados will take part.
The three Schools selected for phase one of the project were Christ Church Girls Primary, Milton Lynch Primary and the St. Lawrence Primary - all of which are partners with Sandals Barbados.
The objectives of the TTFF are to Eradicate hunger with agro forest, plant 1, 000, 000 trees in 10 years, provide sustainable food independence by planting fruit trees and developing a permanent economically sound production model as well as donating trees and equipment and providing training in tree care and food production.
At each school a Ma’afala Breadfruit tree was planted, these were specially chosen for the high yield and delicious yellow ‘meaty’ characteristic. The other two trees planted were decided upon by the principals of the schools and were chosen from golden apple, soursop, mango and custard apple saplings.
The event which was geared mainly towards the children of the schools was met with open arms by the young farmers who gleefully put their hands in the soil to assist with the planting of their fruit trees.
David Hinds, Public Relations Manager of Sandals Barbados and representative of the Sandals Foundation, called the inaugural pilot a success.
Principal of St. Lawrence Primary Gloria Bryan, echoed thanks to both organizations and said she is sure the project will be a success.
“Sandals have been like a big brother to us from the time they were established in Barbados. They started with a library, followed by a toy drive, continuous support with the Reading Road Trip and now this. These trees will be well taken care of and the information provided by Ms. Myers to our teachers and students will be very beneficial. On behalf of our staff, students and PTA I just want to thank you all,” said Bryan.