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.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.

    Needs

    General Medical:
    Ace Bandages, Alcohol Swabs/Wipes, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’) – Digital, Blood Sugar Machines and Test Strips, Gauze, Needles, Respiratory Masks, Spacers for Asthmatic Patients, Splints, Thermometers (Digital), Tongue Depressors, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Urinary Catheter, and Urine Dipsticks

    Specialist Equipment:
    Fetal Doppler, Opthalmoscope, Otoscope, and Oxygen Concentrator

    Surgical:
    Crepe Bandages, Dressings, and Surgical Gloves

    Sutures:
    Nylon 1, Silk 2/0 (or any non-absorbable equivalent for skin, such as Ethilon), Vicryl 2/0 (or Chromic 2/0), Vicryl 1, and Vicryl 0 (or Chromic 0)

    Syringes:
    5 ml and 10ml Syringes

    Testing Kits:
    Pregnancy Testing Kits

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    *Antibiotic Ointments and *Multivitamin Tablets (Adult)

    Medications:
    Albuterol Inhalers, *Alcohol Gel, Antibacterial Ointment, Antibiotics, Anti-Diarrhea Medication, *Antifungal Cream, *Antihistamine, Asprin (Low-Dose), Burn Cream, Cefalexin, Cefuroxime (any Cephalosporin), Co-Amoxiclav (Augmentin), *Cough/Cold Treatments, Eye Drops, Folic Acid, Hydrocortisone Cream, *Ibuprofen, Metronidazole (Flagyl), Paracetamol, Permethrin (Scabies Cream), and Vitamins

    Specifically for Children:
    Baby Blankets, Baby Soap, Child O2 Sat Probes, Cloth Diapers and Clips, Infant Formula Milk (Seal Intact), Newborn Clothes (Very Useful), and Pulse Oximeter

    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.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Colored Construction Paper, Compasses, Dry-Erase Markers, Glue Sticks, Markers, Pencil Cases/Bags, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

    Reference Materials:
    (English, Spanish) Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

    Flash Cards:
    (English, Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Wall Charts:
    (English, Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English, Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math (All for Grades 1 through 10)

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, and Scrabble

    Music Instruments:
    Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Plastic Cones for Goals, and Soccer Balls

    Clothing/Shoes:
    New or Gently Used Baby and Children’s Clothing and Shoes, and New Underwear

    Linens:
    Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids,Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Plastic Gloves,Powdered Infant Formula (even a little expired is fine), and Vaseline

    Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Craft Glue, Glass Beads for Bead Work, Knitting Needles, Sewing Scissors, Tape Measures, Thread, Watercolor Paints and Paint Brushes,and Zippers

    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.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, and Glue Sticks

    Reference Materials:
    (English and Spanish) Dictionaries

    Flash Cards:
    (English and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Laminated Wall Charts:
    (English and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Craft Glue, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Netball/Basketballs and Soccer Balls

    Clothing/Shoes:
    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes and New Underwear

    Linens:
    Linen Sets

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    *Bars of Soap, Combs, *Deodorant, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, *Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, *Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste

    Medications:
    Ibuprofen

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of July 6, 2020

    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.

    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.