Since our inception in 2003 Carambola has always given something back to our client schools, especially over the last two years through Carambola Foundation.
carambola Sustainability Report
We continually strive for excellent standards in everything that we do. We are annual members of Excellence in Quality Assurance (EIQA). Why do we operate to such a standard? Simple really. We feed kids.
Find out more by downloading the full report here (2.6Mb).
History of the Foundation
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 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.
Advanced Learning at children's Fingertips
Pupils in St Thomas’ Junior School Jobstown, Tallaght now have a full suite of iPads sponsored by Carambola Foundation. Every child has the opportunity to be part of an innovative approach to learning in the digital age with a wide range of educational apps. Principal Ms Fionnuala Wallace believes “the IPad is a wonderful cross-curricular teaching tool and we have found it to be particularly beneficial in developing numeracy and oral language skills.”
Growing to New Heights
Turning an ordinary school roof into a garden in the sky was a challenge that staff, parents and students of Scoil an Linbh Iosa, St. Francis Street, Galway took on with an abundance of energy and imagination. Principal Ms. Rena Jordan said “We in Scoil an Linbh Iosa are very grateful to Carambola Foundation for their sponsorship of our roof-top garden. Our pupils thoroughly enjoy visiting our garden as part of their SESE lessons and our Green School Project.”
Charities our Foundation has helped
through Grief and Loss.
Visit Rainbows website
Shining a Light
Visit Cari website
through Creative Arts.
Visit Blue Box website
Visit Cara Projects website
Visit Preda website