Because We Care, a Roatan-based volunteer organization, distributed free school supplies to about 650 children on Roatan during March and April using funds raised at a Mardi Gras party March 4 at the Bananarama Resort.
“There isn’t a public school (on Roatan) where help isn’t needed,” said Abraham Bodor of Because We Care. Students at some private schools received free supplies as well.
During March BWC distributed notebooks, back packs, pens and other materials to students at Oak Ridge, Calabash Bight, Barrio Lempira and Politilly Bight on Roatan’s East End, Victor Stanley/Miguel Paz Barahona School in West End, Samuel Raymond Christian School in Sandy Bay and Grover Webster Bilingual Kindergarten in Wild Cane. Distributions were expected to continue during April.
“We go until we run out of supplies and donors,” said Bodor.
Bodor said the materials were purchased from a wholesale distributor in San Pedro Sula to make the money go further. BWC buys what teachers specify the students need, he said. Island Shipping transported the supplies to Roatan free of charge, and Tranquilseas Eco-Lodge provided facilities to store and sort the supplies into individual packets.