At COMO Hotels and Resorts, we partner with local charities, educational institutions and government organisations to achieve lasting impact in the community. Our community efforts mirror our commitment to lifelong learning and living well. At COMO Point Yamu in Phuket, for example, the idea of living to one’s full potential is even powerfully expressed through our partnership with a local school for youth with special needs, which provides vocational training for the youth to gain employment upon graduation. Our enthusiasm in serving delicious, healthful cuisine is echoed in our interest in combating hunger in the community. COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach, for example, supports Feeding South Florida, which provides nutritional food backpacks for underprivileged students. In London, COMO Metropolitan supports the local Food Bank and holds yoga lessons for the community. We also support efforts to build sustainable livelihoods for underserved communities, in particular for women and youth.
Supporting lifelong learning
At COMO, we champion educational efforts in language and literacy. In Bali, local kindergarten students enjoy a hands-on curriculum that includes gardening, hygiene and storytelling. The classes, developed and taught by COMO employees and held at the hotel, also uses these activities to teach spoken English. COMO Cocoa Island in the Maldives supports two schools on neighbouring islands through facility and equipment upgrades. At COMO Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos, we enjoy a fruitful relationship with the local high school, providing funding, job training, industry exposure and building maintenance services. In Bangkok, COMO Metropolitan supports Prathanadee Foundation to run personal development workshops to young women who have moved to the capital city in search of work.
Developing local talent
Every COMO hotel also takes a great interest in enabling local youth to gain employment within the hospitality industry. Through training, internships, industry talks and tours through our properties, we hope to inspire the next generation of dedicated hoteliers with passion, creativity and style. COMO The Halkin in London extends mentorship to youth while COMO Maalifushi in Maldives and COMO Uma Ubud in Bali provides scholarships in hospitality training for underprivileged youth. COMO Cocoa Island has partnered with our dive operator to give interested local high school students the opportunity to obtain dive certification, a valuable skillset for employment in the Maldives.
At COMO, we support our local community partners with our skills and relevant assets, with a particular focus on health, education and income sustainability. Within our Bali community, for example, COMO Shambhala Estate treats and shares safe drinking water with some 500 villagers daily. COMO Uma Paro and COMO Uma Punakha also operate a water management system for their respective communities, ensuring that local farmers have enough water. In COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach, we support Feeding South Florida to address the problem of food insecurity and inadequate nutrition in the Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Broward and Monroe Counties . In 2016, we are privileged to have been able to touch the lives of more than 300,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries through in-kind donations, including more than 1,500 volunteering hours. For an in-kind donation request, please submit the request through this link.