Since our inception in 2003 Carambola has always given something back. The directors felt blessed to have meaningful work to do and so from day one put in place a charitable donation programme on behalf of its client schools. Over the years, with Government cutbacks this fund began to be important in terms of client schools providing basic services. Even though the fund was never intended for that use the board resignedly agreed.
In the past two years however we created Carambola Kidz Foundation and once again the fund is being used for meaningful purposes specific to help client schools with projects that add long term value to their pupils and which they are passionate about but for which no or insufficient budget exists.
We are humbled and amazed at the breadth of ideas and the imagination applied to a plethora of Projects which include, Libraries, Garden work, iPad's, Sensory Rooms, Visualisers, etc, etc. The list is as diverse as the client schools themselves.
Last year, for our work in this area we were named No. 1 SME in Ireland for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
In our first decade we contributed more than €500,000 through this part of our business.