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]

Eleazar’s Story

One of my favorite things to do is to read to the kids. When we were first helping out at the Majken Broby Children’s home in 2007 I met 7 year old Eleazar. The children are placed there by the central government if the parents are absent or in prison.[Read More]

An interview with the Schulers of the Solid Rock School

Mark and Susan Schuler are known for their desire to educate. Once teaching from their home on Roatán, the Schulers now operate the Solid Rock School in Flowers Bay. How many students attend the Solid Rock School? For the new school year beginning in August 2017, we will have 64[Read More]

Dawany’s Story

When we first started the St. Helene Handbags Program by teaching the ladies to crochet using the plastic, I would go to every house, whether or not they were making bags. I was trying to encourage as many women as possible to start this endeavor, but I also sincerely enjoyed[Read More]