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Social Responsibility

Make Roatan Your Second Light

Surrounde​d by gorgeous crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, tropical weather, kind and warm people, and the world's second largest coral reef, Grand Roatán Resort is blessed to be located in paradise known as Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras. Consequently, we are committed on actively giving back to our community, ensuring our resort and its surroundings maintain its magic and ​beauty for years and generations to come, focusing our social responsibility efforts in three key areas: Education, Environment and ​Reef Protection.

Education

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Education

We believe that educating people is essential and important for a fulfilling life. It is our commitment as a team to support kids and young adults, guaranteeing a better future for our island and country. 

That is why me support education through the donation of sports uniforms, and better infrastructure for schools in Roatán.

Environment

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Environment

A lovely tropical weather surrounds our facilities on the island, all thanks to different types of plants and animals, inside and outside the ocean, that help keeping a harmonious environment for all. We have developed different activities to keep the integrity and safety of our flora and fauna.

Loggerhead Sea Turtles at Grand Roatan.
An extremely large adult female Loggerhead nested on West Bay beach near Grand Roatán. After laying approx. 100 eggs, she made her way safely back into the water and the nest was fenced off for hatching.  Loggerheads nest at intervals of 2 to 4 years and can lay 3 to 6 nests per season, approximately 12 to 14 days apart. They lay an average of between 100 to 126 eggs in each nest which then take about 60 days to incubate. In collaboration of The Roatán Marine Park (RMP), Abundant Life Foundation - Roatan and the ICF we were able to provide security and a safety place for the turtles for 50 days while they were nesting until the Loggerhead Turtles hatched and made their debut towards the ocean. 

Reef Protection

Reef Protection

Beach Patrol Donation for Roatan Marine Park
As part of the commitment we have to protect the Mesoamerican reef located a few steps from our beachfront, Grand Roatán owners came together to fund the Roatán Marine Park with a Beach Patrol Agent who ensures and communicates to all the West Bay visitors to follow the proper guidelines to interact with the reef and surrounding species.

Plastic Reduction initiative’s  
Lots of plastic waste is thrown to the oceans all over the world, affecting and endangering the life of many species, including ours. It is our duty take a stance and confront it. We are the first resort of the West Bay beach to reduce plastic by encouraging our guest to avoid the consumption and usage of plastic water bottles. We are making this happen by gladly giving away to our guests after checking in a stainless steel water bottles and providing purified water dispensers in every room of the resort. In addition to our plastic reduction initiatives, The Iron Shore Grill at the Grand Roatán Resort does not provide plastic straws, providing upon request a paper straw to our guests that requires it. We have also eliminated all Styrofoam materials and implemented plastic alternative products.

The Abundant Life Foundation (ALF) Alliance

The Abundant Life Foundation (ALF) Alliance

Founded by David and Brenda Dachner, the Abundant Life Foundation (ALF) is a frontier philanthropic organization committed to discovering, strengthening, and mobilizing community assets so the local individuals and families of Roatán can experience a more vibrant and sustainable future.  With 100% of all administrative expenses privately funded, the Abundant Life Foundation directs 100% of all donations to projects in Roatán.

The Grand Roatán Resort supports the Abundant Life Foundation and invites all our guests to learn more about the difference ALF is making for the residents of Roatán: http://www.abundantlifefoundation.org. 

Books For Roatan Students

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Books For Roatan Students

In support of the work of the Abundant Life Foundation, the Grand Roatán Resort encourages all guests coming to vacation to bring  new or gently used books and school supplies for Roatán students.

Reading can unlock a child’s imagination and introduce them to faraway places (real or imaginary!) they’ve never heard of and may never see. Many children living on the island of Roatán will never leave the island. Roughly 40 miles long by 2 miles wide, that makes for a very small world… except for books!!

One of the biggest needs of the existing schools on Roatán is proper resources and supplies. The Abundant Life Foundation partners with schools by listening to the unique needs of each and collecting financial and physical donations to support the teachers and students who are shaping the future of the island.

Click here  to view the Book Wish List. All the books focus on conservation, education, self-esteem, ethnic diversity and global citizenship.

Los Sueños

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Los Sueños

Partnering with Convivienda and Grupo Sur, affordable housing is only the beginning for Los Suenos.

Los Sueños ("The Dreams") is situated on 12 acres in Flowers Bay, and includes space for nearly 100 affordable single family and duplex homes. Future plans include park space, a cultural center, library, and computer center. Currently, Los Sueños is home to a school, church, and multi-use sports court.

Partnering with Habitat for Humanity and Convivienda, affordable housing is only the beginning for Los Sueños. Alongside the new home owners, the Abundant Life Foundation is committed to building a community.  A place where working together creates better futures for our families.

Schools - Educating Future Leaders

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Schools - Educating Future Leaders

The Abundant Life Foundation's commitment to education has helped build 2 schools: The Sady Bodden School of St. Helene and Solid Rock School in Flowers Bay.

The remote island of St. Helene is only accessible by boat. In partnership with the residents of St. Helene, the Abundant Life Foundation opened the doors to school for students in grades K-6.  ALF continues supporting the students and teachers with supplies, and with maintenance of the school. The addition of the school has provided jobs for teachers and individuals who wish to play a role in educating the children of St. Helene.

Mark and Susan Schuler are known for their desire to educate. Once teaching from their home on Roatan, the Schulers now operate the Solid Rock School in Flowers Bay.  In February 2015, 60 students walked through the doors. The school is now at capacity.  Stay tuned for ALF’s fundraising efforts to build more classrooms.

Be A Light

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Be A Light

Each year, the Abundant Life Foundation shines a light on the communities in Roatán with little to no electricity with its’ Luci Lights campaign.  When the sun goes down in Roatán, candles are often used to light wooden homes. Luci Lights are solar-powered, inflatable, waterproof lights -a safer alternative to candles or kerosene. 

A $10 donation provides a Luci Light to families on island.  See the difference a light makes!

Protecting The Beauty Of Roatan

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Protecting The Beauty Of Roatan

Coral reefs are often called the tropical rainforests of the sea.  Roatán is surrounded by the world’s 2nd largest barrier reef, Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is home to hundreds of species of fish, marine turtles and sharks. Along the shores, mangroves protect the coast from hurricane damage, and provide habitat for fish and shorebirds. The reef is the number one job and income generator for residents of Roatán.

Due to the effects of population growth, tourism, overfishing and pollutants, this delicate reef system is experiencing incredible decay. We strive to slow, stop and reverse the degradation of the local reef system by focusing on the elimination of ignorance and apathy. Through partnerships with experienced organizations, local businesses and communities, we will educate both island residents and visitors about the importance of preserving the reef and marine life, and effective practices for protecting this vibrant, natural resource that gives life to the island.

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