ISLAND FRIENDS ROATAN INC

Rating: 4.97 stars   34 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Philanthropy

Location: 7110 Poniente Lane San Antonio TX 78209 USA

Mission: The Roatan Daycare Center operates under the Island Friends "umbrella." As Island Friends is a corporation, projects may operate under their 501c3 nonprofit status. Children in need receive bi-lingual education, healthy and safe care, and learn all-important social skills. Island Friends is a coordinating point for volunteer efforts on the island of Roatan. It focuses on connecting those who want to help, with those in need. We make it easier for you to know where to put your interest in giving. Our forums provide information of current events, new ventures, create ideas and put them to action for help needed. Over one hundred fifty volunteers and most of the nonprofits on Roatan are represented. Our data base contains contact information for these nonprofits and volunteers.
Results: We were able to buy a new stove...a big part of a daycare that cooks nourishing food for the children...every day! We have been chosen by Penn State Univ. for their visiting students to install solar panels. This will help our high electric bill and give us the opportunity for further outreach education of this use of alternate energy to the community.
Programs: We are a networking and connecting point for volunteers on the island of Roatan, Honduras. We connect those who want to volunteer with those in need.  Our Forums develop issues to obtain actionable results. They inform of community needs and are a clearing house for volunteer needs. Nonprofits are represented, and made clear to volunteers who wish to work.The Roatan Daycare Center is a bilingual Center for children of parents in need.The Clinica Esperanza serves the poor with excellent health care.PIER, Partners in Education work to satisfy the gaps in the public education system on the island.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Your donation to Island Friends go straight to the children and community of Roatan that it serves. A visit to the day care center last December was great to meet some staff and see the facility and first hand. Sorry I missed meeting the children as they were off for the holiday. An organization like this really gives the opportunity for the children as well as the staff to gain wonderful skills and knowledge but maybe most important is gaining self-esteem.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see a stable funding base as is the case with so many nonprofits.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

This daycare center means so much to the kids and their families as well as the staff. Everything is done with the well being of all those involved as the central focus for any decision . A donation to this wonderful organization expands the horizon for so many. Please help keep the doors open and donate today!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a wonderful opportunity for these young children to have access to things that without this organization would not be available. It is so much more than just a place for these kids to be during the day. As well donations support a wonderful local staff and all contributions go directly to the school so you can know that your donations are making the greatest impact.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've had the opportunity to work with the Roatan Daycare over the last 2 1/2 years. I've watched how the children have been able to learn and grow in this time. I've been privileged to provide these children with the opportunity to learn English. Its been an amazing experience to watch these children learn the Spanish and English are the primary languages spoken on Roatan, which is an island where almost all employment is linked to the tourism industry. The Roatan Daycare is truly providing these children with a bright future.

Mrs Judy and Mrs Linda both truly want the best for these children. The have poured their hearts and souls into the daycare centre. They have hand picked the instructors who work together to create a healthy and educational environment for the children. The donations received provide the children with learning ressorces that they wouldn't otherwise be able to come in contact with.

I feel honored to have had the opportunity to partake in these children's learning process and helping them build a strong love for learning. These children will grow to be strong members of their community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

The Roatan Daycare Center is an amazing organization. It provides local children ( from underprivileged homes) with a safe and loving place to learn and as their parents earn a living. I have had the privilege of working with this wonderful group of ladies for over a year now. The Daycare has 3 teachers, a teacher's assistant and a cook, all of these ladies are locals. They have reformed their parenting and teaching skills over the years greatly in part to our director Mrs. Judy's leadership.Over the last 14 months I have seen how this organization has benefited not only the children but the teachers as well. Mrs Judy is constantly providing us with new learning resources to provide us with new skills to ensure we provide the children with the best possible care and early childhood education. Not only do we teach the children how to be stronger, kinder and more understanding but in turn we teach each other the same. I have grown as a person and am truly grateful for this continuing experience. The Daycare provides the children with socialization skills that will help them as they grow, enter school and eventually the workforce. I have been providing the children with English Classes as we wish to provide these children with every opportunity possible to be strong students and residents of their community . I have seen the positive changes in these children. We have children who a year ago were shy and timid and who are now excelling in both English and Spanish. We have children who are overcoming behavioral problems greatly due to the consistent and caring environment in which they learn.They Daycare Center is not only a wonderful organization but it is a needed organization. These children need the care provided by myself and my fellow teachers. We work hard to provide the children with quality care, quality education and lots of love. Please help us continue this much needed help!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

This wonderful asset to Roatan's needy children gets better and better. Not just baby-sitting
toddlers and preschoolers, this haven gives children a huge boost into their future years of
learning. What a difference this will make for these families and the future of Honduras.
The Allreds are truly the island's angels.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

acquire more space.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

In my two visits to the extraordinary Roatan Daycare Center, I was so impressed with what the staff has created amidst abject poverty. With creativity, vision and loving care, they have made a tremendous difference in these children's lives—while continuing to improve the original ramshackle property. Credit goes to the devoted Director and the Island Friends' operation.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

Island Friends Roatan's Day Care center serves low income children with the perfect blend of educational quality and emotional support. Bill and Judy Allred have hired locals, provided extraordinary professional development, and supported their efforts with equipment, books, games and other necessary instructional materials. In addition to this project, Island Friends serves as a clearinghouse for volunteer organizations on the island, and supports many of them with materials and funds.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it to my organization, partners in Education Roatan!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen what a wonderful opportunity the Day Care is for the children and the parents of Roatan. It has positivly benefitted the Island community. When I was unable to give my financial support, I decided to give my baking expertise by maiking cupcakes for the children and staff once a month. I was very impressed every month with the teachings and loving care that the children were getting.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The island of Roatan in the Western Caribbean is located in a country that has a poor public education system and many people who are unable to get jobs due to their lack of learned skills. The Roatan Day Care and Learning Center prepares young children for a life of learning, giving them the foundation and the desire to seek education as they progress in life. Having a safe and enlightened environment for their children enables the often-single mothers to earn money to support their families. I last visited the cheerful facility last month and I continue to be impressed with the wonderful work being done with these youngsters.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage people to donate to this wonderful facility

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have lived on the Island of Roatan where the children are served by the Roatan Daycare and Learning Center, which is provided by this non-profit. So many kids and families are helped by this. So many moms are able to work that otherwise would not be able to because they would not have child care. The kids love it and are given good lunches and books to read that they would not get at home. It's such a win-win.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

can't think of a thing

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have been a monthly supporter for this nonprofit for almost a couple of years now. I believe in it because it provides small children with a pre-school/day care environment while their parents work. Meals are provided along with education and love and fun.

It is well known that this type of preschool development provides a child with a huge boost up in preparing them for school later on.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

For many years the Roatan Daycare and Learning Center has been providing the Roatan community with a reliable, safe, caring, and secure haven. Not only do they provide a piece of mind for parents, it is an environment where daily learning is happening. As a teacher of more than 15 years, I am amazed every time I visit the Center. The children are always engaged in something. It might be a lesson that is being taught, an art project, or even just eating their lunch politely. The social and leaning skills that these children are acquiring are critical to their learning years to come. I can't help but think how lucky the children are that have the opportunity to attend the RDLC.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a teacher in the United States and upon visiting Roatan recently was looking forward to visit the DCC. I arrived unannounced, hoping that it was an OK time to stop by. I was warmly welcomed by one of the staff members and shown around. I was so overwhelmed at the serenity I felt --all the kids were quietly sitting in a circle playing some sort of Bingo. They stopped and turned their heads and gave me a HUGE smile. It was obvious that they were happy and were proud to show me their cooperation and teamwork. It literally brought tears to my eyes! What a special gift these children have been given. I had visited the DCC in the past and the positive changes in the behavior of these kids was absolutely amazing! I sure hope that the success of this wonderful establishment continues. Great work to all of you involved! Liz B.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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The Roatan Daycare Center has served local families for many years now. It has been a consistant and persistent vehicle for working parents who are needing a loving and educational environment for their children. The staff and directors all work very hard and the atmosphere is always bright and positive. I have the utmost respect for all involved in this valuable Roatan resource!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide a consistent income flow for needed operating expenses.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Where do I start? A couple of caring souls, big hope, some money and unending supporters began providing care to local children some years ago. That 'little engine that could' is still alive and well, providing love, safety, food, education and a life-long example of how a few can help the many. Parents can work to provide a better life for their family while their children are nurtured and educated on a daily basis in a bright and enriching environment. The great staff and the big hearts of people behind the scenes continue to keep the doors open, although it is a constant struggle financially. I have great respect for them!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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