Island Journeys

Toward More Sustainable Communities

History and Purpose: 

The concept for Island Journeys grew out of the need to offer individuals a more substantive opportunity to journey in their own personal development and to also serve others, and in so doing, to contribute to community transformation. The idea was developed by Shaun Ingraham, who helped develop Methodist Habitat, a local NGO that helps people rebuild homes through bringing volunteers to the Islands of the Bahamas to help local communities transform themselves.

Island Journeys is a non-government, non-profit organization that was formed in 2005 to offer a more holistic approach to relief and development. The volunteer focus is centered on deeper, more spiritual, personal transformation. Through this transformation, local people are empowered to change themselves and their communities. We recognize that community transformation can only follow personal transformation.

The Need

To empower individuals and communities. Our communities have many needs, ranging from the need for basic resources such as food and money to greater social and economic issues such as effective reconciliation and conflict resolution, better childcare, a more holistic approach to healthcare, better housing, more sustainable economic development, better opportunities for the working poor (especially women), and better disaster management plans to help our communities before, during, and after a disaster.

Vision

To provide and facilitate opportunities for individual transformation to in turn transform communities.

Mission

The mission of Island Journeys is to engage individuals in a deep, life-enhancing and spiritual experience through organized volunteer opportunities and sabbaticals of superior quality in every Bahamian community.

 

Recent Accomplishments: 
Current Staff and Volunteers: 
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Operations Manager
  • Financial Administrator

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. We recruit approximately 300 international volunteers annually and also offer incentives to locals to volunteer (such as our Three for Two program).

 
Governing Board and Membership: 

Island Journeys is incorporated in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas as a non-profit organization. The Board is accountable to its stakeholders: members, partners, donors and volunteers

The management team is as follows:

  • CEO – Shaun Ingraham
  • CFO – Sandra Cartwright-Ingraham
  • COO/Admin – Robyn Curry
  • Project Coordinator – Ian Carey

Organizational structure - Board of Island Journeys to be confirmed

  • President – Shaun Ingraham
  • Secretary – Robyn Curry
  • Treasurer – Ian Carey

Latest News

Senator Ranard Henfield Speaks on Behalf of CSOs

Today, June 26, 2017, Senator Ranard Henfield speaks about the concerns and suggestions of 15 Civil Society Organizations in The Bahamas in the House of Assembly. One of those organizations is One Eleuthera Foundation. We are grateful to Senator Henfield for giving us this opportunity. Please see the full script below of our concerns and suggestions as presented by Senator Henfield

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Development, for the past 40 plus years in the Bahamas at best has followed a “one size fits all” strategy.  At worst, successive governments have held a “hold the centre policy”. Which means let’s take care of New Providence, Grand Bahama and then whatever is left we will distribute throughout the other islands. This is not a bad policy for an archipelagic nation with limited resources.

CTI Trainee Profile: Meet Deangelo Pratt

Twenty-eight year old Waterford, Eleuthera resident, Deangelo Pratt is no ordinary trainee. He hasn’t had the greatest start in life but was eager, yet humbled to tell us just how much his life changed since enrolling in the programs at the Centre for Training and Innovation (CTI) just over one year ago.

CTI Trainee Profile: Meet Cercelia Thompson

 You have to hear about CTI trainee, Cercelia Thompson! The 31-year-old is a resident of Deep Creek, Eleuthera and says that coming to CTI gave her a second chance at life after being unemployed for four years! 

A Shared Vision

The Shared Vision for South Eleuthera, which was first commissioned by Friends of Lighthouse Point to develop a sustainable plan for Lighthouse Point and other special heritage and conservation sites on Eleuthera, inspired the formation of One Eleuthera.

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