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Howard Hill Benefit

I received a notice that there is a benefit that is going to be held for a friend of mine in Boquete (Howard Hill), and I was asked if I would post the benefit.

I will add a personal note. I have known Howard for several years. I met him because of an Embassy case I was called to support. The case was a difficult case and without Howard’s help, the individual’s situation would not have ended well.

I have known Howard to be a giver and not a taker and I am happy to call him my friend. He has been a real asset to both the Panamanian and the English speaking communities.

His situation is unfortunate and not of his own making. Without some help from his friends, Howard’s life will be cut short.

Following is the write up provided by the benefit organizers.

During working life, Howard Hill did a wide variety of things, including developing instructional media for a university system, and writing grants to bring federal money into children and family programs in western North Carolina.

His twelve years of retirement have largely been characterized by volunteerism. Howard was a founding member, and twice president of the Rotary Club of Boquete, wherein he was involved in numerous projects to improve school facilities and learning conditions in Boquete area schools, as well as school and water projects in Bocas del Toro province and the Comarca. He has variously been a donor and volunteer with many of the local civic organizations, providing free photography and sound systems, or just an extra hand, for the Handicap Foundation, Amigos de Boquete, Animales de Boquete, BCP, and the Boquete Biblioteca. However, due to catastrophic personal losses in 2007, Howard leads a very simple existence, and was left without means to afford health insurance.

Howard currently does not have health insurance and is suffering from a worsening case of congestive heart failure. He immediately requires various costly treatments and surgeries, and his life is on the line.

To reach our goal, your support is fundamental, and we greatly appreciate anything you can do for Howard.

Joanna Dodge, one of the organizers, has set up an INDIGOGO fund which may be contributed to via the Internet.

Gran Bingo Anual de Casa Esperanza

I received the following email today and this is a very worthwhile organization. I wrote up Casa Esperanza quite a while ago and Here Is The Post.

Asiste este jueves 30 de Mayo al Gran Bingo de Casa Esperanza
Club David desde las 7:30 p.m.
Muchos premios, cultura y tradiciones
Donación: Bl. 25.00
Casa Esperanza Website is http://www.casaesperanza.org.pa


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I Must Be A Masochist

Boy oh boy, did I get beat up for the previous post on charities. I must be a little masochistic or I would not post anything that might provoke thought or discussion. The post obviously struck a nerve with several people and I seem to have ruffled more than a few feathers. I received hate mail, was called names, and some mail bordered on threats. WOW. What a reaction.

Still, I think anything that encourages discussion is probably a good thing. I am thick skinned and can take it if I dish it out.

It is my opinion that people moving to Panama from a foreign country, and are planning on living in Panama, need to assimilate into the community. To me, that means making an effort to learn the language, understand the culture, and trying to give back to the community.

I also realize that the older we get, each of these things become more difficult. Not all of us can do as much as others. Continue reading I Must Be A Masochist

Charities Outside of Those in Bid 4 Boquete

This time of year, and throughout the year for that matter, I seem to get bombarded by emails, and other Internet notices, wanting donations for Bid 4 Boquete.

I have to tell you, I would be more excited if it were Bid 4 Chiriquí.

While I think B4B does good work, I think it is good for everyone to realize that there are many other deserving organizations, causes and individuals in Chiriquí, besides just those in Boquete.

I got turned off last year, when I was trying to find a hospital bed for Robert, who had a stroke in David. I contacted the Boquete Hospice organization, who had an available bed, and was told that they only supported people as far south as Dolega and I was outside the supported area.

Now since I knew they received their beds from Tom McCormack, I was kinda ticked. I would have thought they might say, if I provided the transportation they could loan me one, but they didn’t.

Luckily Tom supports all of Chiriquí and even has people coming in for prothesis help from outside of Panama. As it turned out, one of Tom’s beds became available and he delivered it. He has no boundaries on his benevolence.

Now if B4B offered the option of directing where the money went from an auction item I might buy, then I would consider purchasing some items. When I used to contribute to United Way, I specified exactly where I intended my money to go. However, since B4B doesn’t have that sort of option, I send my money where I can see the results of my contributions.

In case you are looking for other worthwhile organizations I will mention a few. If the names are in RED, then clicking on the name will take you to an area with more information.

Tom L. and Linda J. Foundation – I have known Tom for years and there is no individual that gives more to the people of Chiriquí.

Nutre Hogar – This organization helps malnourished children all over Panama. If you ever have a chance to visit the facility, you will see children that will tug at your heart strings.

Fundación AMIGOS del Niño con leucemia y cancer does a lot to assist children with cancer.

Churches – Our church, like many churches, has a program that supports young people’s needs for school. Lilliam and I contribute $60 a month to our church’s beca fund. They always have a special Sunday, at the end of the school year, where the children that received the beca money say “Thank You”. I enjoy seeing what fine young people I got to help.

Damas Rosada is a women’s organization that provides assistance for those in need and often are in the Women’s and Children Hospital (Hospital Obaldia).

Volcan Quilters (Las Hermanas de Acolchado de Volcan) This organization in Volcan has taught over 400 women how to sew and quilt and earn a living from their newly acquired skills.

There are so many needy individuals and organizations in Panama that it is impossible to mention them all. B4B has gotten to be so big, that maybe they will decide to expand their support and change the name to Bid 4 Chiriquí or at least provide the option of specifying where the donation should go.

**** An Alert ****

Our neighborhood WhatsApp group had a notice distributed about an up coming program at the Children’s Hospital (Hospital del Niño – Panama City) on Monday 23, Tuesday 24, and Wednesday 25.

Now maybe most of the residents in Panama are aware of this, but it is important enough that I am going to post the message in English as well as the original WhatsApp message.

Here is my rough English translation:

Doctors from the Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport, Louisiana will doing free evaluations of children with orthopedic problems. The evaluations will be performed on the first floor behind emergency room. Some of those evaluated may be approved for surgery and all expenses, including transportation and a chaperon, will be paid by the Foundation of Abou Saad Shriners.

The following documentation must be brought to the evaluation: Birth Certificate, Vaccination records, and recent X-rays of the affected area.

The program is for children a few months old to under 18 years.

Interested parties may receive more information by calling 3 15-1515..

The original WhatsApp message follows:

para avisarles que el lunes 23, martes 24 y miercoles 25 de febrero en el Hospital del Niño, en planta baja detras de urgencias; los medicos del Shriners Hospital for Children Sheveport, LA estaran atendiendo a los niños con problemas ortopedicos gratuitamente y de ser aprobados para cirugia entrarian al programa de la Fundacion de Abou Saad Shriners para ser operados en USA con todos los gastos pagos acompañados de su tutor. Solo deben traer: certificado de nacimiento, control de vacunas y la radiografia del area afectada mas reciente. El programa es para niños de meses hasta 18 años. Si saben de algun caso pueden darle estos datos o que llamen al 3 15-1515
Por si conocen a alguien q le interese

If you know of a Panamanian family in Chiriquí that might benefit from this program, you might want to make sure they know about it.

One Of A Kind

Well, this is the beginning of a new week. This morning I went to Banistmo to see how they were doing with my request to be able to access the stroke victim’s account to pay his bills. I was told that no word has come back from Panama City and to come back Thursday. Most banking decisions are done in PC and totally out of the control of local banks.

Next I went to see Tom McCormack in his office. He was working with an individual on an arm prothesis. There were two more people waiting to see him and Ruby said there were 8 scheduled for today. Four are currently scheduled for tomorrow..

A young man, I would say in his late teens to early 20s, was there missing his lower right leg. His mother told me he had an accident in his house with a glass table top. This had happened about a month ago. I think I heard Tom say that he would need a little more time for the leg to heal before he could fit him with a prothesis.

The young man, his mother and his sister had come to David from Costa Rica.

Tom told me that he is now receiving clients from Panama City, the Darién, other parts of Panama outside Chiriquí, as well as a few from Costa Rica.

Tom showed me some photos of a school he had just outfitted with an English lab.

I hope I can go back tomorrow and get a new post written on more of the work he is doing. Continue reading One Of A Kind

Arming the Chiricanos

I have written several posts about Tom McCormack and his benevolence in Chiriquí. His next container will arrive in September.

You also may remember his current work on prosthetics. He began doing legs. Here is a post showing that work.

In his latest project, he is now developing his own process for doing arms. He sent me a PDF, that presents the steps, and you can download it by clicking HERE.

I forgot to add that all of the time and assistance Tom provides is at no cost to the recipients. If you know an individual that can benefit from Tom’s generosity, contact me and I will put you in touch with Tom.

Bid for Boquete Date Nearing.

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BOQUETE, Panama – Bid 4 Boquete’s big annual weekend is fast approaching with something for everyone.  Mark your calendars for March 1st and 2nd, 2014. The Bid4Boquete weekend features a wine tasting, live auction, silent auction, a sweet bake sale, food, drink, children’s games, and then caps things off with the hugely popular Venta de Patio.

The festivities kick-off   Saturday evening, March 1st. with the live auction and wine tasting at the Boquete Community Players building. This event sells out early every year and has become the social event of the year in Boquete. Live auction items include furnishings, resorts, art/photos, adventures, and much more.

Wine lovers will be treated to a wide array of varieties paired with appetizers chosen to bring out the best of the vintages and sure to please the palates of even the most discriminating oenophile. Add entertainment to the menu of wine, appetizers, and hot auction items and you have a not-to-be-missed social event so buy your tickets early.  Tickets are available at Mail Boxes, Etc and the Tuesday BCP Market.

Sunday, March 2nd is the annual Bid4Boquete bake sale, silent auction, children’s games and Venta de patio sale. These events always draw large crowds and will be held at the newly remodeled Arco Iris room at the Fairgrounds across from the BCP. The bargains begin flying out soon after the doors open at noon.

Come with the family for a delicious lunch (either tipico or gringo) featuring the famous Burt’s hamburgers and French fries.  Enjoy a drink from John’s Bar. There is lots of fun for everyone

with kid’s games and Mike’s professional photos of the whole family.

Bid4Boquete is best known for its on-going web auction which also culminates that weekend with fabulous vacations, packages, products, gifts and services available that extend from the wilds of Africa to the shores of Boca Chica and the entire Boquete valley.

Bid4Boquete Co-Chair Penny Barrett says some of the best deals of the year can be seen in the Auction Gallery  where you can “buy it now” or wait and “hope” you win the best bid.  No matter which you choose, it all goes for a great cause; the less fortunate in our Boquete community, so bid now, bid later and bid often.”

Penny, Bonnie Williams, and Anayansi Menendez (las tres mujeres) also say to make sure you support the merchants and people who donate to Bid4Boquete: “It really does take a village to make this all work along with thousands of volunteer hours for which we are extremely grateful.”  Last year Bid4Boquete supported eleven different agencies or charities totaling more than $70 thousand dollars raised during its March fundraiser.