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CLICK HERE FOR FUNDRAISER We are seeking assistance towards the purchase and operation of a school boat, to be used to take children from isolated island communities to the programs we teach and schools we have built for the indigenous Ngobe people. The area we work in does not have roads so all transportation is by boat and without a reliable means of transportation the effectiveness of the organization is jeopardized. The organization's ability to serve is only as strong as its weakest link and our boat has been the achilles heel, threatening the very function of the organization. We transport students ages 3-16 for every program initiative, from preschool to building new schools and libraries. We believe in teaching and implementing an active lifestyle, developing curriculum based on experiential learning and hands-on-activities. A new boat will replace our broken one, and allow us the necessary vehicle towards transforming children's lives and rebuilding a community. For an island community, the boat is a necessity for education, as the alternatives are dugout canoes called cayucos. This is an extremely dangerous way for the children to travel to school and for many of the students it is over an hour long commute by cayuco. The area of Panama has patterns of bad weather that can last for weeks at a time and without a school boat to pick them up the students remain in their homes. A school boat provides a safe transportation environment and reduces the hour long trip to [...]
As part of our blog we want to share our stories and its me toca to give mine. Enjoy it. Timid Hector Meet Hector: the first kid in Bocas I met nearly three years ago. I remember our first interaction like it was yesterday. Hector was only two at the time. While sweating in the Panamanian heat building a playground, Hector approached timidly with a death grip on his Uncle’s leg (first encounter pictured above). I figured a funny face could get him to open up. I was wrong. It only made him terrified of the scene and me, a foreigner in his backyard building an unidentified foreign object or playground to us westerners. We had many more encounters of terror and tears for the next few months. Fast forward to the opening of the preschool: the first education program started in Bahia Honda. Hector was of course the perfect age for this program, but only that. He was watched over by his older cousin Ana everyday and would not dare leave her side. I repeatedly tried to encourage him to participate, but he would not budge. He sat in the corner attached to Ana and as a first time teacher I felt helpless. Little did I know he was observing and taking everything in. Slowly Hector made the decision to become part of the classroom environment. First step was sitting down for circle time, our way to start every morning. It seemed like with each passing [...]
Three weeks ago we finished up a monster of a project: a new school for Bahia Roja. It was fundraised by a group of high schoolers from Gill St. Bernards who volunteered with us in May. These awesome kids and our family of supporters raised over $10,000 to provide a proper school for the deserving children of this community. They were previously taught in a collapsed school building so this upgrade is a huge addition to education in this indigenous community. In just three weeks we completed the schools, big ups to Daniel, Eddie, all the volunteers, and the community of Bahia Roja for all your hard work! This was a team effort and was completed in less than a month. We are incredibly grateful for the support of this project and look forward to future structural improvements to to the education facilities in the area. Take a look at the old and new pics of the school.