Accommodation

    Bananarama Dive & Beach Front Resort

    Pack for a Purpose does not condone visiting orphanages, as this can often lead to negative impacts on children. The accommodation or tour company working with the orphanage will deliver the supplies in a coordinated and respectful way so that the children can benefit from them. Your generosity is not diminished because you do not interact with the children.

    Project #1

    Clinica Esperanza is a non profit medical clinic located in Sandy Bay, Roatan and provides low or no cost medical care to over 26,000 people annually. Their services include adult, diabetic, women’s health, pediatrics, dentistry, laboratory, and pharmacy, which provides medications at no cost to patients. The Clinica Esperanza staff works through it’s promotora program to educate and to improve the health of those in the surrounding communities.

    Project #2

    Familias Saludables is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization devoted to fighting the AIDS epidemic on Roatan and the Bay Islands. Our major focus is on reducing the incidence of mother-to-child transmission of the virus both at birth and via breast milk. We run testing clinics for pregnant women, assign trained home visitors for mothers living with HIV/AIDS, provide education to the public, provide palliative training services and, when available, we provide infant formula, medications, and a host of supplies to support families struggling to cope with this disease. In addition, we fund and organize a school for children here in the local community, many of whom have been part of our program’s success. Our greatest need is for formula and school supplies/support for local families. Any items you can bring are greatly needed and will bless the lives of families here on the island.

    Project #3

    Sandy Bay Lighthouse Ministries is a facility that provides “family” type shelter, care, and education for children of Roatan who have been removed from their homes by the authorities out of concern for their welfare. For some children the placement is temporary, for others it may be long term. They provide stability and direction for these children as they grow and mature so that one day they will become productive citizens of Honduras, and confident in their purpose in life.

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of October 20, 2021
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .

    Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.

    Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
    • Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
    • The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

    Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.