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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

Welcome to the Small Hope Bay Foundation. We are dedicated to marine conservation and sustainable Community Development on the island of Andros in the Bahamas.

Climate change, warming oceans, fisheries pressure to feed a growing planet are all challenges that we are addressing on a local level as part of a community of like-minded individuals working to make a positive difference in the lives of people, their environment and their economy. We invite you to learn more about us and join us in making a difference.

Our Mission

The mission of the Small Hope Bay Foundation is to create a thriving environmental and economically sustainable future for the island of Andros for the benefit of current and future generations. We achieve our mission through our marine conservation operations, professional development skills training and education programs with a primary focus on children.

The Foundation takes its name from a beautiful cove on the east side of Andros Island home to the Andros Barrier Reef, the world’s third largest barrier reef.

The Small Hope Bay Foundation is a nonprofit corporation established in the State of Florida in 2020 with operations on the island of Andros. In 2021 the Foundation received its 501(c)3 charitable organization status with the United States Internal Revenue Service and is eligible to accept tax deductible donations from individuals and Foundations.

Our programs

Small Hope Bay Foundation focuses its resources to achieve this mission by protecting the island’s marine ecosystems and educating local residents, particularly children through four programs: establishing permanent moorings, establishing coral nurseries, creating a Sea Urchin outcropping program and a focus on generational impact through a swim/scuba skills set training program to create Professional Association of Dive Instructors [PADI] certified divers amongst the local population.

Bahamas

Andros

Andros Island is the largest of the 26 inhabited Bahamian Islands. The land area of Andros has hundreds of small islets and cays connected by mangrove estuaries and tidal swamp lands. It is 104 miles (167 km) long by at its widest 40 miles (64 km) wide.

The Andros Barrier Reef, the third largest in the world and the second largest in the western hemisphere, stretches 140 miles along the east coast of the island and rims the Tongue of the Ocean with its 6,000-foot drop-off. Additionally Andros abounds in Blue Holes (underwater cave systems), which have been the scene of some of the deepest underwater cave explorations in the world. When the Spanish discovered Andros, they named it Isla del Esperita Santo, the Island of the Holy Spirit, a tribute to the abundance of water in Andros. It is also home to world-class bonefishing flats for spectacular sport fishing.

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