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: 4 stars  

It was so wonderful to see all those happy faces in the day care center. The women that teach here are doing such a good job and the children are learning so much more than most day schools. I am sure they will advance faster in school. This is certainly a positive and hopeful facility for Roatan. The care, work and love that went into starting this daycare was enormous. I hope it continues for the sake of the families in Roatan. We were happy to help when we were there in some small way. Fondly, Sally Zamarin

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A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The moment you enter Roatan Day Care Center, you feel the warmth of the nurturing local women who work there and the contentment of the tiny souls they care for. It’s really a treat to pay a visit! Working parents pay only $1 per day for one or more children but what they receive in return is priceless – quality education, healthy meals and thoughtful care in a clean, secure environment, all so desperately needed on this small island. Through the generosity of Bill & Judith Allred and a handful of volunteers, I've watched RDCC evolve from a small ramshackle facility to a lively, inviting center for early learning and development. "Mrs. Judy," a part-time island resident and former educator from the US, guides not only the learning path of the children, at the same time she teaches the island staff new skills and encourages them to grow with knowledge too. A brighter future for all!

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Definitely

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  

I enjoy walking into the facility in the early afternoons when the children are having a nap after eating. That's an important thing that I don't think that very many children have here. Even when awake, the kids are well behaved; a testament to the great women that run the place.

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Likely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a art teacher for many years I always saw the need for education to begin early to stimulate the creative and intellectual minds of young children. The Children's Center has done wonderful work to make an environment where students are stimulated and feel free to be creative. Cynthia Parchment

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

Quite well

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A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a mother and grandmother, I have observed throughout the years what an impact and difference a quality preschool experience can make in a child's life and future. While first visiting Roatan Island, Honduras in 2007, and returning often since then, I learned of a group of dedicated people who are providing this experience. From a drab and sunless empty store front space much in need of repair, the Roatan Day Care Center has become a clean, colorful, and welcoming place for young island children to come to and learn. This was not done overnight, but gradually, with mostly volunteer labor and donated materials. These children are from extreme economic and educationally disadvantaged families who must work and have no child care available. Parents pay only $1 US per day to have one, or as many in family who want to attend. Local women have been trained as teachers, helpers, and needed kitchen staff under the highly capable direction of island resident Judith Allred, an educator originally from the U.S. She, and others are working tirelessly, and without pay, to offer life changing lessons to the young children of these very poor island people. The center introduces much needed skills in manners, listening, following directions, sharing, and respect for others and their property. When visiting, it is apparent that they have been taught above skills well, and are a happy and loving group full of curiosity and affection. As a guest, I have been overwhelmed with the way I've been greeted. One has to brace oneself for the onslaught of long lasting big hugs and squeezes from a small army of bright smiling faces that seem so sincere! In addition to the important social skills, the children are exposed to story reading, games, the arts such as painting, crafts, music, singing and dancing, and so much more. This quality of preschool education now being offered on this small island is bound to have an influence on its people for generations thanks to this group of hard working people giving so much of their talents. Joan P.

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Life-changing

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2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Day care for children whose parents need to work outside of the home is important all over the world. And the quality and safety of day care is critical. Island Friends of Roatan is the only day care provider in Roatan and they are non profit. They provide this care for families who need to work and put food on the table who have only survival levels of income to begin with. These children would otherwise be staying at home with unsuitable or unsafe supervision. Giving these little children this kind of safe haven and instruction, activity and attention provides them with social and educational skills that really sets the stage for their future. In many instances it opens their world in a way their own parent cant provide. I love this organization and these children are so precious and loving and excited to be there.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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