(Header photo courtesy of Ebony Steel Orchestra lead by  the Mighty Dow)

Support St Maarten NGOs to Make a Difference

As an NGO, SHTA cooperates closely with various NGO’s that work on making St. Maarten a better place for its residents and visitors. Some NGO’s that are always welcoming your visit and / or support: 


History & Culture dedicated NGOs


Dow’s Musical Foundation

The foundation of “Mighty Dow” Isidore York actively preserves the St. Maarten steel pan culture. See if you can visit one of his concerts! York and his orchestra featured the SHTA 2021 Events Calendar as an important cultural icon. When on island with Christmas, do not miss out on his spectacular Christmas concert.  


Dow's Steelpan band in St Maarten


Phone: +1 721 522 6508 / 5426962


Adress: Soualiga Road #7, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten


Sint Maarten National Heritage Foundation

On the eastern tip of Philipsburg , not far from the cruise port one finds the St. Maarten heritage museum. Cannons of the HMS Proselyte, a wreck that can still be dived to, welcome you to a compact and informative museum, learning about St. Maarten nature, people, history & monuments


Sint Maarten National Heritage Museum


Phone:+1 721 542 4917


Adress: Front Street #7, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten



Dance & Arts Dimensions Academy Foundation 

Dance and Arts specializes in training boys and girls in the Arts and Drama

Dance & Arts Foundation


Phone: +1 721 522 5466


Adress: Zebra Drive Cay Hill, St. Maarten


Freedom Fighters Rastafari Cultural, Agricultural & Musical Foundation

The Freedom Fighters Foundation embodies Rastafari spirit, promoting conscious living through music, agriculture, and culture. In the 21st century, we guide communities toward truth and rights, embracing “One Love.” Inspired by Rastafari, we celebrate reggae, sustainable agriculture, and cultural diversity. Join our movement for a conscious, interconnected future.

Freedom FightersContact

Phone: +1 721 523 7861


Adress: Bush Road no. 07, Philipsburg, St Maarten


Environment dedicated NGOs

Nature Foundation

The Nature Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization located on the island of Sint Maarten, in the heart of the Caribbean. The foundation aims to preserve and enhance the natural environment of St. Maarten in the present moment and for generations to come through a variety of education, preservation, and research initiatives. Nature Foundation St Maarten is part of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) holding, a non-profit (NPO) and non-governmental (NGO) group of companies that places special emphasis on fundraising and strengthening the management of the protected areas within Dutch Caribbean. The Nature Foundation’s primary concern is to preserve and enhance nature while in the process strengthening the economical and educational value and potential of our natural resources. “To preserve and enhance the natural environment of St. Maarten through proper management, education, public awareness, law enforcement, scientific research and monitoring relating to all aspects of the terrestrial, wetland and marine surroundings.”  

Nature Foundation St. Maarten logo St Martin / St Maarten


Phone: +1 721 544 4267


Adress: Wellsberg Street 1A Unit 25-26,
Fisherman’s Wharf Complex,
Cole Bay, St. Maarten

Amuseum Naturalis / Les Fruits De Mer

In a beautiful old plantation house between Orient Bay and French Quarter / Quartier d’Orleans, one finds the Amuseum Naturalis, ran by the Fruits de Mer foundation. Volunteers have created a great collection of nature photos, historical insights and other collections worth visiting. The museum maintains a bush tea garden showcasing the island’s medicinal plants. Located at the historic Old House in French Quarter and close to Orient Bay, this unique museum showcases the nature and heritage of St. Martin. In addition to the bush tea garden, you can enjoy the open-air Amuseum exhibit hall, agriculture displays, poetry exhibits and more. Find out what future initiatives are planned or become a volunteer during your stay! See here for our online exhibition of the nature photography of one of its board members, Mark Yokoyama. 

Les Fruits de Mer logo St Maarten/ St Martin


Phone: +1 590 690 88 56 42

Adress:  4W3W+XF3, Rey Allée, Grand-Case 97150, St Martin


The ​Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) Foundation is an independent non-profit founded in 2000 with the mission of protecting the Caribbean environment through research, restoration, education and advocacy. EPIC is a results-driven organization that works on challenging, under-addressed issues through holistic programs resulting in strategic community-based actions.
EPIC devised an array of professional hiking trails, yours to explore!

Epic Logo St Maarten/ St Martin


Phone: +1 721 545 3009


Adress: 2 Nile Drive, Maho, Sint Maarten


St Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation

We are a voluntary organization that assist mariners and sea goers in need in and around the waters of St Maarten. Using two rescue vessels and a 100% voluntary crew we assist those out at sea that run into dangerous and life threatening situations. Our foundation was founded over 35 years ago and is always looking for more volunteers and are looking for donations from the community to be able to continue our rescue missions.

Logo Sea Rescue Foundation St Maarten/ St Martin


Phone: +1 721 520 4133


Adress: 40 Bobby’s Marina, St. Maarten



Society dedicated NGOs


K1 Britannia

K1 Britannia assists with social programs to aid those St. Maarteners who need some extra support. See here for their annual events.

Logo K1 Britannia St Maarten/ St Martin


Phone: +1 721 553 8186


Adress: R, 43 Front Street, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten



Be The Change

The Be The Change Foundation is a charity fundraising group that assists St. Maarten non-profit organizations with raising the monies needed for a particular cause while also promoting the mission and objectives of that NGO. Be The Change did a mural project in Philipsburg – a great walking tour!

Be The Change Foundation Logo St Maarten/ St Martin


Phone: + 1 721 553 4048


Adress: Front street #62,
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten



The two primary goals of the SIMARC Center are: first, to protect and conserve the St. Maarten National Archaeological Artifact Collections, and additionally, to work directly with the population of St. Maarten, in particular the youth, to educate and train in scientific methods, while at the same time conducting professional scientific research into the culture and history of St. Maarten.


Beach Cleaning Foundation

Maintaining St. Maarten / St. Martin’s pristine beaches is outmost importance. That’s why a lift-and-screen, three-wheeled beach cleaner was launched in 2021 to help collect debris from the beaches. This is a joint project of the new Beach Cleaning Foundation, St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) and Rotary Club of St. Maarten. Together, they’re ensuring that the island’s beaches are kept clean for all to enjoy. In conjunction with the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Foundation, the group organized two major fundraisers to help raise the needed funds for this initiative. They consulted with the Nature Foundation to make certain that their plans were environmentally sound, particularly when it came to preserving natural habitats during turtle nesting season. You can also do your part to help protect our natural resources. Bring a trash bag with you when you go to the beach where you can collect all your garbage and take it with you when you leave or drop it in a garbage can!

Beach cleaning foundation


Phone:  +1 721 543 6040

Adress: Oyster Bay Beach Resort


Freegan Food Foundation

Freegan Food Foundation strives to end food waste and hunger on the island of St. Maarten. We act as a foodbank, where wholesalers, supermarkets, companies and people can donate their surplus which will then be collected and distributed amongst the most needy. We run a second hand store and a vegan kitchen to support our mission.

Freegan Food Foundation logo


Phone: + 1 721 580 7381


Adress: 89 Walter A. Nisbeth Rd, Philipsburg, St. Maarten


Animal Defenders SXM

We at Animal Defenders St. Maarten are all volunteers and we wish to create AWARENESS and COMPASSION for the animals on our friendly island. Animals cannot talk like us but they can suffer like us. If the animals benefit then we all will benefit: “Caring for animals is a credible component of providing care to people, because the needs of animals are inevitably linked to the needs of people.” —Patricia ForkanOur main focus is on: • SPAY/NEUTER operations plus aftercare • Medication • Education • Adoptions

Animal defenders logo


Phone: +1 721 553 3116


Adress: Archimedes Street
Colebay, St. Maarten


The Philipsburg Jubilee Library

The Philipsburg Jubilee Library Foundation( PJL) , is a non profit, non governmental, subsidized agency. It is the only public Library in Sint Maarten. The organization is run by a Board and the daily operation is managed by a director. The Chairman of the Board is Mr. P. Martens and the Director is Ms. G.E Holiday.

In an effort to expand the PJL’s core services to the general public two Satellites were opened in 2021, one in Cay Hill and one in Belvedere.

The Philipsburg Jubilee Library started its operations in 1973 and was later established as a foundation on September 27, 1974 under the articles of incorporation. The objectives are:

  • To establish and keep in existence a library.
  • To promote , encourage, and stimulate active reading of books and other legible materials.
  • To do and promote everything in connection with the above. PJL main objective is to make available knowledge and information for citizens of all ages, by diversifying the programs to;
  • Promote reading and strengthening reading habits
  • Promote awareness of cultural heritage and appreciation of the arts.
  • Contribute effectively towards literacy development
  • Provide an inventory of technology and scientific innovations.

For contact, please e-mail: or

The Philipsburg Jubilee Library is located on the Walter J.A. Nisbeth Road #3, Philipsburg.

Logo Philipsburg library


Phone: +1 721 542 2970


Adress: Walter J.A. Nisbeth Road # 3, in Philipsburg.


Indian Merchants Association (IMA)

An association formed on the Island of St. Maarten in 1970’s. It comprises of all the Indian Origin Business People of St. Maarten.

Indian Merchants Association


Phone: +1 721 588 9454


Adress: Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Sint Maarten


St. Maarten Marine & Trades Association

St. Maarten is hands down the best place in the Caribbean to berth, provision, repair and explore. With over 16 major marinas catering to vessels ranging from small water craft to large super yachts, there is a selection to fit every size and every budget. 

SMMTA, Simpson Bay, St Maarten, St Martin, Maho Beach


Phone: +1 721 520 6336


Adress:  Isle del Sol Marina Airport Road, Simpson Bay


St. Maarten Timeshare Association

SMTA was created to promote the best interests of timeshare in St. Maarten, both the industry and the consumer side.



Adress: P.O. Box 940, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Sint Maarten





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