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Island Friends Roatan Inc

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Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Citizen Participation, Education, Philanthropy, Preschools

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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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

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.

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Rating: 5

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!


Rating: 5

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.

1 Anni Life


Rating: 5

I was introduced to the ROATAN DAYCARE & LEARNING CENTER about 2 years ago through my good friend, Linda Hin. She gave me a tour of the facility and I got to meet the teachers and children. I was so sad to see the deplorable condition of the building itself, however, I was impressed with the gallant efforts of the community to make it better...i.e. paint, pictures, plaster, etc. I decided to become a volunteer...it was one of the most rewarding feelings! After just one week I became acutely aware of their need for funding and volunteers. I am SO impressed with the program...ROATAN DAYCARE is not your typical daycare....it IS a total learning center! It allows for parents who could not afford the typical daycare to be able to enroll their children and go to work to earn a living. The children are taught reading, math, art, georgraphy, history. Including english language. I was amazed to see 3 and four year olds adding and subtracting 3 digits! The children are fed, bathed and those that attend regular afternoon school, are sent off with clean, pressed uniforms. The teachers and volunteers are incredibly dedicated and the children are eager to learn! I view the center as an early learning experience, giving the families a way out of poverty and giving the children a solid foundation to make a change for the Island. I will continue to volunteer whenever I am on the Island and will continue to do whatever I can do to raise money for the center. Roatan is so fortunate to have Judy Allred, who started the daycare, and Linda Hin who oversees the operations. This is one center that is so deserving of monies to keep it running.