HEART OF ST. KITTS FOUNDATION PROJECTS
All of our projects support one or more of our objectives
For over 250 years, the St. Kitts economy was dominated by the sugar industry. Since the closure of the sugar factory in 2005, 22km of the old sugar railway has gone mostly unused. What many believed to be just a remnant of the island’s agricultural past, innovative tourism stakeholders saw an opportunity to create a new and unique tourism product out of the railway. In 2015, a strategic partnership was formed to restore and convert the old sugar railway into a safe and educational hiking and biking trail. The Rails-to-Trails project will provide access to the island’s rich history for residents and tourists alike while fostering on-going community stewardship.
According to the World Bank, St. Kitts and Nevis is ranked number 4 among countries that generate the most trash per capita with 5.45 kilograms of trash per capita every day. This poses a significant problem for the island when locals have little to no access to recycling services. This project will facilitate much needed improvements in St. Kitts’ long term waste management infrastructure goals.
With over 78km of precious coastline, St. Kitts is home to a variety of marine and coastal life. However, due human pressures on the environment, these ecosystems are at risk. Utilizing a network of local community groups, public sector agencies, and tourism partners, the Heart of St. Kitts Foundation will support regular beach clean-ups and awareness building activities around the impacts of litter on coastal ecosystems, the economy, and community pride.