How Light Helped Melissa’s Daughter Study

As part of our ongoing efforts to build brighter futures for Roatán, we’ll be sharing stories from individuals and families on the island who have received the gift of light from our Light Up Life program. Let’s work together to #LightUpLife and bring joy to Roatán. A donation of just $10 helps to[Read More]

Corporate Social Responsibility with the Grand Roatán Resort

Following our incredibly successful 3rd Annual Reef Cleanup Event, we sat down with Carlos Lopez, General Manager of the Grand Roatán Resort to find out more about the resort’s Social Responsibility Program. Why does the Grand Roatán Resort, under your leadership, engage in a Corporate Social Responsibility Program? Engaging in[Read More]

Welcome Rodney Torres, Reef Protector!

Meet Rodney Torres, Reef Protector. Rodney is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.  I recently spent an afternoon with Rodney to talk about his passion for the reef, and his role in protecting it.  Why is it important to protect the reef? I love to protect[Read More]

Teaching in the Bay Islands

The Abundant Life Foundation supports the building of schools, and the work of teachers.  We’ve talked to many island teachers over the years, and recently had the chance to ask Darla Pandy some questions about teaching in the Bay Islands. Why did you become a teacher / Why do you[Read More]

Jerelee: Reef Protector

Meet Jerelee Hynds, Reef Protector.  Born and raised in Gravel Bay, Roatán, Jerelee is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.  I recently caught up with Jerelee to ask about his passion for the reef, and the part he plays in protecting it.  We met in[Read More]

Looking Back and to the Future

In our 11 years in Roatán, we have seen conditions change rapidly.   A population explosion has created a higher cost of living and housing shortage, an underfunded education system, and incredible decay of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. The Abundant Life Foundation is responding to these changes with our Three[Read More]

Melissa Sehlhorst – My ‘Why Roatán’

How/when did you first hear about Roatán? More than 20 years ago, I added an article about turtle hatching in the Bay Islands to my “must experience this in my lifetime” file.  I’ve been fortunate to have traveled to places not yet overrun with tourists, and the Bay Islands seemed[Read More]

Brenda Dachner – My ‘Why Roatán’

How/when did you first visit/hear about Roatán? At the invitation of a friend, David and I first visited Roatán in 2006.  It seemed so far away, foreign and exotic.  I remember making flight arrangements connecting through cities I couldn’t pronounce, like “Tegucigalpa”. What was it that drew you in to[Read More]

Natelee Forbes – My ‘Why Roatán’

What was it like to grow up on the island? The island provided a safe haven, a paradise to frolic and play. I had an interesting childhood; I spent most of my time in or around churches. Reading was my roadmap to the world and the elders I visited with[Read More]

David Dachner – My ‘Why Roatán’

What makes you so passionate about helping the people of Roatán? My connection to the people of the Caribbean began in the early 1980s when I would regularly visit family in St. Thomas. I enjoyed exploring the island and loved the laid-back pace, but I began to notice a common[Read More]