Nuestra Señora del Camino

Philanthropic Foundation Focuses Efforts on the Most Vulnerable

The Nuestra Señora del Camino Foundation dedicates its efforts to improving the lives of the Ngäbe-Buglé Indians and other local residents of San Felix in Panama’s Chiriqui province. The non-profit foundation plays a key role in the local Jesuit Mission. Training Coordinator Olingtons Jose Cerda and Administrator Rosa Moreno explain, “We focus our efforts on the most vulnerable groups of Panama: the Ngäbe-Bugle indigenous population and the youth, women and abandoned senior citizens of San Felix.”

panama_fundacionThe Jesuit Mission in San Felix operates a dorm for 100 people as well as dining and training facilities.The mission also runs a farm, a crafts center, and a health center that accommodates up to 10 high-risk pregnant Ngäbe-Bugle women. In addition, the mission has opened a youth center and a day-care center for senior citizens.

More support needed for helping vulnerable population

Mr. Cerda and Ms. Moreno point out, “Our objective is to provide creative alternatives to improve housing and food security and to reduce maternal and infant deaths among the Ngäbe-Bugle Indians. In addition, we provide psychological and spiritual support for women, young people and senior citizens.”

The Nuestra Señora del Camino Foundation welcomes the chance to work with investors and partners who can provide support for the group’s training programs and modern know-how concerning agriculture techniques, particularly the operation of water reservoirs. The foundation is also looking for new markets for local crafts.

Mr. Cerda and Ms. Moreno explain that the foundation’s annual budget of US$400,000 is achieved entirely through donations. They say, “During the past two years it has been a real challenge to meet our goals, and we want to increase awareness of and interest in our programs. The local people of San Felix are counting on us.”

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