Team Panama is so excited to announce the launch of our new project. We will be working with the Victoriano Lorenzo School – located near the indigenous village of Embera. Nearly half the children reside in the nearby indigenous community and others are from small surrounding farming communities.
To kick off this new partnership, the Collette Foundation is funding the renovation of their very modest cafeteria, allowing for a clean place to prepare lunch and a comfortable space for the students to eat. Currently, the children have nowhere to even eat their lunch. They eat in the classroom. They are living and learning in sub-par conditions and they truly deserve more.
We have sent funds to our partners in Panama to begin work on the school right away! So far, a new sink for the kitchen has been installed, new windows have been secured and installed, and a new stove and refrigerator have arrived. The inside plastering of the dining room is ready and the outside plastering and doors are almost ready to be done. Everything is developing and fast. The kids are so excited.
A few weeks ago, travelers on our Discover Panama tour visited the school. The children were so excited to meet the visitors. They greeted them with national sweet meats and sang them some local songs.
Travelers arrived with items in tow that they were told the children needed: pencils, paper, soap, washcloths and basic first aid supplies. It was a great experience for them too. The children gave them a true greeting to their country and truly touched their lives in a short amount of time.
Stay tuned, there will be more to come on this wonderful new endeavor.