Bananarama Dive Serving the Community
Welcome to our Friends of Bananarama Page where you can learn how to couple with us to
Serve the Local Community on Roatan Island.
Familias Saludables is a non-profit, non-denominational organization devoted to fighting the AIDS epidemic on Roatan and the Bay Islands. Their major focus is on reducing the incidence of mother-to-child transmission of the virus both at birth and via breast milk.
Testing clinics are run for pregnant women, there are assign trained home visitors for mothers living with HIV/AIDS, education is provided to the public, palliative training services are provided and when available, we provide infant formula, medications and a host of supplies to support families struggling to cope with this disease.
All of our services are free of charge and our staff consists solely of volunteers, both local and international. They also provide counseling and infant care for mothers with alcohol and drug addictions.
Your Participation can SAVE A LIFE !
While you are vacationing with us, we encourage you to participate in our FUN Sunday evening Festivities! The Hermit Crab Races are lots of fun, and 100% of the money collected goes directly to Valerie’s kids at Families Saludables! So, buy a few crabs, hold on to your number, cheer your crab over the finish line and win a prize… all the while, saving the life of a newborn child! Help Prevent the transmission of Aids and babies born with FAS and drug addictions by getting involved as guests of BananaramaDive Resort!
Simple Ways YOU can help:
Bring a can of "Similac Advanced" baby formula or a soy based formula when you come to Roatan. Other brands welcome.
Bring Newborn Diapers, clothes, formula bottles and baby blankets.
$200 buys the much needed aids testing strips for infants and mothers.
A $360 donation, buys 6 months of baby formula!
Volunteer 1 hour or more. There is always something to do no matter when you come by to our Sandy Bay site.
Escuela Policarpo Galindo is another Friend of Bananarama
To support and assist all children in a quality education, BananaramaDive Resort will add $1 to your nightly room rate. This dollar per night will be donated to Escuala Policarpo Galindo in the poorest community on the Island, Colonia Belfate in Sandy Bay, Roatan Island, Honduras.
To further support this effort, we encourage YOU to participate with us by:
Donating Additional Funds
Bringing School Supplies for the children such as crayons, #2 pencils, colored pencils, writing paper and book bags.
"Tires for Walls" Program Save the Environment and Save a Home!
Tires for Walls? What is that?
Due to the excessive amount of rain on Roatan, mud slides are a real threat to Families. Homes are built out of scrap wood and whatever else they can find! Thus, when it rains, sometimes water and mud come poring down the hills and destroys these homes. Entire hills collapse when the ground is completely saturated.
Well, it was hard NOT to notice all the old tires and their smell being burned in the dump! It had to be stopped and the tires put to some other use. That started us thinking about retaining walls constructed out of old tires! The effectiveness is in the stacking method and pattern created. We started the first wall project for one of the men that works for Bananarama. His house needed to be saved from the impending collapse of a mud wall at his home. Plants were planted in the dirt around the tires so the roots could begin help hold the dirt in place as well. Below see the pictures of the project!
As of January 5, 2010 we are happy to report that their home is safe and sound from this years rainy season and is prepared for the next.
How YOU can help!
Funds are needed to collect all these old tires and transport them to these hilly, muddy, home sites.
Volunteers to help assist and direct the proper lay out of the wall with the Honduran men.