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Donations For The Orphanage, Roatan Honduras!


#1

Hola

For those travelers heading to the ‘Henry Morgan Resort’ in Roatan Honduras, I just wanted to remind You that the Children from the local Orphanage visit the resort on Saturdays for sure and some days through the week.

The Children go there to eat, play, swim etc… and anything You bring to them would be gratefully appreciated.

I know Mia, Myself as well as Wossa have met the Children and do bring items to them which they are so thankful for. The Children have very little that they can call their own. :frowning:

Since we are not sure what the Children receive in the way of donations of clothes, shoes etc… that we have have brought for them, this year we have decide to bring only items which we can give directly to the Children when we see them at the resort.

We will bring large zip lock bags and fill them while we are at the resort and then distribute them to the Children directly.

For those interested in bringing things I have compiled a short list of items that the children loved receiving last year.

Puzzles, skipping ropes, bouncy balls, small toy’s, dolls, learning cards (math, alphabet), costume jewelry, hair accessories, combs, brushes, movies, candy, treats of any kind, baseballs and gloves, Frisbees, yo-yo’s, etc…

This year we will also be bringing photos we took of them last year as well as small frames to put the photos in.

Mia and Wossa may also have some input as to what the Children would enjoy having. :wink: :-*

Freedom Ryder 8-)…


#2

This is an awesome idea, and one that the children will not only love, but will be fascinated with.

After being lucky enough to spend a fantastic afternoon with the children at the Orphanage during our visit in March, and for them to show us around their bedrooms etc, this will be something they would keep forever. They had next to nothing by their bedsides, but what little possessions they did have, they where keen to show Freedom and I as they took us round.

The children themselves took many pictures of each other with our digital cameras and where amazed they could see them back on the screens immediately. We have some awesome pictures of the kids that we’ll get printed and framed up before we leave.


#3

[quote=@mireille]

Hola Freedom
Good suggestions! Also great ideas for the kids. Hopefully other people will act on these ideas for the kids. THey were alot of fun to be with!
Mia[/quote]

Yes Mia, I also hope others traveling to the Henry Morgan think of the kids if they have extra room in their luggage for goodies for them.

Wossa and I enjoyed every minute we spent with the Children at the Orphanage as well as at the resort. :wink:

Freedom Ryder 8-)…


#4

We travelled there several years ago and took half a suitcase full of Spanish/English dictionaries. They were well received. I haven’t checked lately but the flights were so cheap that we could spend extra on the dictionaries. Well recommended.


#5

[quote=@ctoc]We travelled there several years ago and took half a suitcase full of Spanish/English dictionaries. They were well received.
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Hola Ctoc

Awesome idea bringing Spanish/English Dictionaries to Hondruas to give away.

We will add them to our list. :wink:

Freedom Ryder 8-)…


#6

Another idea Freedom Ryder is ballet shoes. A lot of the little kids aspire to be ballet dancers. We buy them used from the dance places around us for next to nothing and always take them to Cuba with us. They are delighted by them.


#7

I am looking to go somewhere to volunteer in the next year or so. Ive been looking at Honduras, Haiti and Sri Lanka as possible destinations. I have found an organization that works in Sri Lanka that is headed up by a lady here in my home town. Its a great organization that works with widows but as a childcare provider I want to do something with kids. Just wondering if any of you know of any good groups in the Roatan area? Ive been looking on line and see lots of groups but you never know which ones are the good ones.I dont speak spanish (only a few words from vacationing in the DR) but I love kids and have lots of experience with special needs children. I also have level 2 sign language, which in truth doesn`t go very far with adults but good with kids.


#8

Hola
Just received confirmation papers for our flight. I’ts NOT Skyservice but Globespan! Does anyone know how to contact them for extra luggage allowance. I believe they are out of the UK.Wossa can you help? I will try Conquest for info.
Mia


#9

Hola
Just received confirmation papers for our flight. I’ts NOT Skyservice but Globespan! Does anyone know how to contact them for extra luggage allowance. I believe they are out of the UK.Wossa can you help? I will try Conquest for info.
Mia


#10

I think it’s really special that you are all taking part in this :slight_smile:

My husband and I have spent some time teaching kids in the DR and one item that seems to go over REALLY well is fat sidewalk chalk…they just gobble it up! Wall doodles, yard games, the possibilities are endless :slight_smile: We’ll be bringing MUCH more of it next trip as we went through at least 10 tubs of it this time around.

Another item they seem to love is bubbles. We had a few volunteers bring flats of the small bottles that people pass out at weddings, so each child could have their own - as you have pointed out, having something that’s all your own is a big deal to some of these kids.

There’s a little literacy organization in Mexico that collects McDonald’s Happy Meal toys to use as reading incentive prizes for the children…if you let people know that you’re saving these up, you’ll have a truck load in no time.

Anyway, I think what you guys are doing is great and I would love to hear more about it and see some pics!

nsfamily - if you’re at all interested in volunteering in the DR, shoot me a PM and we can chat. I’ve got lots of pics and info on the area we go to and the organization we work through :slight_smile:


#11

[quote=@mireille]Hola
Just received confirmation papers for our flight. It’s NOT Skyservice but Globespan! Does anyone know how to contact them for extra luggage allowance. I believe they are out of the UK.Wossa can you help? I will try Conquest for info.
Mia[/quote]

Hi Mia

I called Globespan Head office this morning and spoke with their customer relations department to find out their policies about HA and Scuba allowance.

Interestingly enough they where unaware of any company schedules to fly from Toronto to Honduras over the winter. The woman spent 15 minutes on the phone making enquiries for me, and then found out that they have been chartered by another airline company to do these flights on someone else behalf ! Basically another carrier using their planes as it was explained to me. I asked who that would be for, but she said that she was unable to say.

I asked her about the companies policy regarding allowance of HA and Scuba. Scuba gear will be charged at £15.00 per way ($30) and needs to be made known to the airline at the time of booking, or as soon as possible after the booking is made to ensure they will accept it. Maximum they will allow is 16kg’s.

The company does not have a policy for HA and any additional baggage will be chargeable. Provided it is purchased in advance they charge £15 ($30) per 10kg’s to a maximum of 50kg’s.

Let me know if you need me to get any other information for you as it’s not a problem calling them. The feeling I got from Globespan was this was all news to them and they seemed unaware of these flights. Whether the baggage allowance will be still set by Globespans policies, or by who ever has chartered them will have to be seen.

Let us know how you get on with Conquest and if they confirm anything different from what Globespan confirmed to me.

Wossa… ;D


#12

[quote=@lyndsey]I think it’s really special that you are all taking part in this :slight_smile:

My husband and I have spent some time teaching kids in the DR and one item that seems to go over REALLY well is fat sidewalk chalk…they just gobble it up! Wall doodles, yard games, the possibilities are endless :slight_smile: We’ll be bringing MUCH more of it next trip as we went through at least 10 tubs of it this time around.

Another item they seem to love is bubbles. We had a few volunteers bring flats of the small bottles that people pass out at weddings, so each child could have their own - as you have pointed out, having something that’s all your own is a big deal to some of these kids.

There’s a little literacy organization in Mexico that collects McDonald’s Happy Meal toys to use as reading incentive prizes for the children…if you let people know that you’re saving these up, you’ll have a truck load in no time.

Anyway, I think what you guys are doing is great and I would love to hear more about it and see some pics!

nsfamily - if you’re at all interested in volunteering in the DR, shoot me a PM and we can chat. I’ve got lots of pics and info on the area we go to and the organization we work through :)[/quote]

Hey Bubbletoes

Awesome ideas…Freedom and I will be taking lots of ‘fun’ stuff for the kids this trip, so that they can get to keep all donations to themselves.

When we visited them last year, the children seemed to have very little personal items to play with as most people bring clothes etc…

Wossa… ;D


#13

Hola Wossa
Thankyou so much for taking the time to call Globespan.No wonder they were confused.The error was made by my travel agent and she appologizes profusely. Skyservice is flying to Roatan same times and same days. I called to confirm their pollicies , sports equipment is still free!You still have to request excess baggage waiver as before.Skyservice rep said you can request waiver as soon as you have
your flight info. THANKS again Wossa and sorry to have jumped the gun.
Have heard from Rafa and he is happy to hear that we including you and Freedom are returning. I am waiting to hear from the doctor at Clinica Esperanza as to their needs and then I will request

items from NJT.

                                Mia

#14

Hey Mia

No worries…lol… ;D

I am pleased it is still Skyservice that are flying to Roatan, I have flown with them a couple of times now on previous diving vacations with Freedom, and I have always thought they where awesome. Hopefully they will keep the free sports allowance and will give us plenty of additional weight for HA as well.

Great to hear that Rafa knows we are coming back again and that your taking medical supplies to the clinic…

You can sit back soon and just count the days down… :wink:

Wossa… ;D


#15

:sunglasses: :o I will be waiting for pics again from you two!! Haven’t heard from ya’s in ages!

Watcha doing for the new years? A bird told me that Catalonia Royal Tulum was the place to be!!

Beers on me

Deputy


#16

[quote=@deputy343] :sunglasses: :o I will be waiting for pics again from you two!! Haven’t heard from ya’s in ages!

Watcha doing for the new years? A bird told me that Catalonia Royal Tulum was the place to be!!

Beers on me

Deputy[/quote]

Hey Dawg!

Awesome to hear form You. It really has been ages. I thought you may have packed up and moved to Mexico on us, lol. ;D ;D ;D

I will be home ringing in the New Year with the kids as I do every year. It is a shame that we can’t hook up with You for New Years since the beer is on you. :smiley: :stuck_out_tongue:

Have a fantastic vacation and knowing You, I am sure your bags will also be packed with loads of items to donate while You are there.

Freedom Ryder 8-)…


#17

;D ;D ;D YOu know it!! I have so much clothing saved I am going to feel like the kids section at Macy’s!! ROCKIN it to my special friends in Mexico!!

We really should get the talks going for a meet up!!

I am thinking SHEER R&R in February in Cabo…but I have been known to change my mind a few times.

We actually looked for something in Honduras or belize…we just weren’t too satisfied with the pricing when we were going.

Of course if we had some tour guides like Freedom and Wossa…well it would have been a different story!

Keep it real sister!

Deputy ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


#18

Be careful if you are giving things directly to the children. I would advise against giving candy to the children directly. Just imagine if one of those children are diabetic and had his candy taken away; that would be so cruel. I would check with the staff before you jsut start handing out stuff to the kids.

I think it’s a wonderful idea that the hotel allows the orphans to use the facilities and equally wonderful that people bring things for these needy children!


#19

[quote=@tuss]Be careful if you are giving things directly to the children. I would advise against giving candy to the children directly. Just imagine if one of those children are diabetic and had his candy taken away; that would be so cruel. I would check with the staff before you jsut start handing out stuff to the kids.

I think it’s a wonderful idea that the hotel allows the orphans to use the facilities and equally wonderful that people bring things for these needy children!

[/quote]

Hey Tuss

The Children have caretakers with them when they are at the resort and they are the ones that gave us permission to give the Children candy, toys, etc…

We also mail the orphanage prior to our arrival so they know we are coming and bringing things to give to them.

On our last visit we were also allowed to go to the Orphanage, look around, ask questions, take photos of the whole place as well as the kids and we spent the whole day there playing, watching movies, etc… with the Children.

The Henry Morgan Resort arranged a ride for us on the bus with the kids when they were done at the resort in the afternoon. After dinner we were then picked up by resort workers when they delivered food to the Orphanage.

Wossa and I had an awesome time with them. They are truly fun to be around and so energetic.

Freedom Ryder 8-)…


#20

Hi,
Our family will be spending the day in Roatan on Dec 22nd and wanted to bring medical supplies, toys and treats to the orphanage. I’ve been reading the posts about the orphanage, however would like more information on who to contact in advance to let them know when we are arriving and what we can bring. I work in the medical field and would like to ensure that we bring the right types of supplies.
Thanks in advance.
Travel Gui