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  

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.

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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.

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Likely

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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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.

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Encourage people to donate to this wonderful facility

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Definitely

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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

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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The Roatan Daycare Center's impact on the community is one I have watched for the last six years. The daycare educated children going into the public schools are far ahead of even the more affluent family's children. The parents of these children are also learning parenting, educational and social skills plus respect for the educational process. The support groups have learned the importance of early childhood education by seeing how well it works. I have observed that the skill and caring demonstrated with these underserved and families in need have radiated out into the community encouraging many others to do the same. These are all children, families and a surrounding community that might otherwise"fall through the cracks."

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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

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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

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Life-changing

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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  

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.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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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!

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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.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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