We just watched Life and Debt, and we're hoping things are changing for the better in Jamaica since that documentary was produced in 2001. Does anyone know, in fact, whether things have gotten better since then?
We feel pretty helpless after watching Life and Debt, and we asked ourselves "what can we do?" We guess we can at least support Jamaica's largest industry, tourism, by continuing to visit. We have to be vigilant when we buy souvenirs to be sure the items are actually made in Jamaica. Look out for "made in Taiwan, China, Dominican Republic" stickers! Most importantly, we want to make sure that we only patronize resorts that support and sustain the Jamaican people. Couples is THE ONLY resort that does so!
The Issa Trust Foundation is reason enough for us to continue to visit Couples - we are not aware of any other resort making such strides in enriching the lives of the Jamaican people. And we're pretty sure Couples supports local farmers by purchasing Jamaican produce, meat, etc., but can anyone confirm this? I think I remember seeing phrases like "locally grown" on the Couples menus, but it's very important that we're not eating the same poison in Jamaica that we try very hard to avoid here in the States.