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Helping create Smiles

Groups & OrganizationsEDUCACION PRIMERO will be hosting two dentists and a doctor from New Jersey to help the children at local MINSA and IPHE clinics in Cocle. EDUCACION PRIMERO, a not for profit charity foundation based in Santa Clara, Cocle will hosting the efforts of medical professionals who will be offering their services to local school children during the week of May 13th through the 19th. Dr. Vitale, Grzelac, and Joshi along with an assistant will be here helping some of the children from Santa Clara, Farrallon, Rio Hato schools and the IPHE school in Anton. EP volunteers will be transporting these fortunate children to the sites and providing translation for these medical professionals who will be rewarded as ALL EP volunteers are ALWAYS compensated......... WITH SMILES and a gracias from the hearts of these wonderful deserving children. If you would like to find out more about this project or find out more about helping the work of this organization see www.educacionprimero.org or call 993 3069

Editor's Comment: Thanks for writing this up. If you're doing something charitable to help the people of Panama please let me know. This article is a perfect example. The people who put this together here in Panama contacted me last week and wanted to know how they could get some publicity for their project. My answer is simple - since you guys are doing it, and you already know more about what's going on than I ever will, write it up yourself and send it in. The best way is to log on as a user on the www.panama-guide.com website and "contribute" the article for publication. Note: I publish these things for free for groups, organizations, charities, and non-profits just so long as no one is making any money. If you are doing "for profit" work then if you want to get on website then you can always advertise, so don't try to slip one by me "disguised" as charity. Anyway, this one is a couple of dentists and a doctor who are going to come down and do good things. They have to be sponsored by a local Panamanian recognized and established charity, as a requirement for doctors and dentists to work in Panama (even for free.) If you're doing something like this - send it to me twice - once (like now) before it happens, and then once again later after you're done, with photos, descriptions of how it went, what you did, etc. And above all, thank you for your efforts to make living in Panama better for everyone.

Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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VFW Department Service Officer

Groups & OrganizationsVFW Service Office has been ordered closed by the owner of the Hospital Nacional. Effective 1 June 2011 the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Sevice Office will be closed. The owner of the Hospital Nacional has ordered room 110 of Centro Medico Nacional (the Consulto) to be vacated/closed due to the ongoing espansion project. More space is needed for physicians and administrative staff personnel. As of this writing the Service Office(r) has no funds to relocate. I will notify the Panama Guide when and if we find another location. Arthur J. Littesy
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Bocas Mayor Shuts Down Charity Function

Groups & OrganizationsBy Susan Guberman-Garcia for Panama-Guide.com - It appears that an "innovative" interpretation of a Presidential decree by the Mayor of Bocas has caused the indigenous children of Bocas del Toro thousands of dollars in education assistance. March 22 was to be the 10th annual fund raising auction for the Bocas Educational Services Organization ("BESO"). BESO, run by a group of expatriate foreign residents, mostly women, has raised over $100,000 for schools in local indigenous communities since it began its work in 2002. The organization has provided roofs, toilets, and water tanks for schools, provided scholarships, textbooks, and shoes to needy school children, and worked with other non profit organizations to provide computers for schools and make distance learning available to high school students in remote communities. The organization is composed solely of volunteers, pays no salaries or commissions to anybody. Its primary fund raising activity is a yearly auction. The event is the most important social event of the year for Bocas expats, and typically is attended by more than 200 people., who bid on fine art, hotel stays, tours, restaurant meals, jewelry, furniture, books, videos, and all kinds of unique personal and household items. Last year, the event raised over $16,000; in 2009 it raised $25,000. It's a festive evening, with a no host bar and a wide variety of foods donated by local restaurants. (more)
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Canadian Association of Panama Social Get-Together

Groups & OrganizationsCanadian Association of Panama is holding their next Social Get-Together on Thursday, March 24, 2011 @ 7PM – Oldies Panama City This is a great opportunity to enjoy social time with members and friends, to meet newcomers, and to keep in touch with what is happening in the Canadian community in Panama. In addition, it is hoped that the latest promotional brochures from APT, Panama’s tourist authority will be available for distribution. Also hear about the events being planned by the Association. Oldies' menu offers a fine selection for dining and refreshment. Oldies is located in Bella Vista on Calle 39 (one-way street), 1.5 blocks from Ave. Balboa - there is a sign at the corner of Ave. Balboa and Calle 39. For more information, please contact Nicole at nicsforums@yahoo.com Saludos, Nicole
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March Expat Social and Happy Hour

Groups & OrganizationsHello all; Coming up next week is our March social gathering. WHEN : Monday , March 21 st. , starting at 7 : 00 WHERE : The Rincon de Sancho Restaurante , on Via Argentina where it meets Via España . Please note that parking is very hard to come by in this area , so a taxi or walking is highly recommended . WHAT : Our monthly Happy Hour Social . Every one is welcome , visitor and local alike , to socialize over drinks . Also a delicious Spanish menu is available for those who choose . Although the regular menu is also available,
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Canadian Association of Panama holding Social Get-Together

Groups & OrganizationsOur motto is "Friendship Without Frontiers", so this is a great opportunity not just for Canadians but people of all nationalities to meet old friends and make new ones. Come to our Social Evening on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 7PM at Oldie’s restaurant, Panama City and find out about the new COPA direct flights to Toronto/Panama/Toronto; hear from the recently elected Board members about the plans for this year’s events including Family Picnic, Canada Day and, of course, the very popular traditional Canadian Thanksgiving dinner. You could also win a dinner for two! Oldies is located in Bella Vista on Calle 39, 1.5 blocks from Ave. Balboa - there is a sign at the corner of Ave. Balboa and Calle 39. For more information, please contact Nicole at nicsforums@yahoo.com.
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Medical missions team in search of volunteers

Groups & Organizations By Kelly Griffith - Medical missions give doctors, dentists, opticians and nurses the chance to see the world and help those in need. For one Garner resident, medical missions mean the opportunity to spread the gospel while serving others. Doug Hinton, a retired Raleigh police officer is planning a trip to San Blas Islands in Panama May 2-9 with the Christian Emergency Relief Team. The team leader for the upcoming trip has worked with CERT International for more than 20 years since he retired, traveling to 18 different countries and offering aid by means of free medical care, food, clothing, building churches and drilling wells. The May trip will take health professionals and missionaries to Mulatupu Island and the jungle villages of Mansucum and Navadandi. Members of the Kuna tribe live in these remote places and Hinton said he expects to see between 700 and 1,100 for assistance during the week-long mission. “When they know you’re there, they come out of the woodwork,” he said. (more)
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Expat Social Monday 24 Jan 2011 7:00 PM

Groups & OrganizationsHello everyone; Hope you all had a nice Holiday season and a safe and happy New Year. Well it´s time for our first Expat Social of 2011! WHEN: Monday, january 24 th. , starting at 7 :00 PM . WHAT : Our monthly Expat Happy Hour Social WHERE : Don Patacone ´s Located on Via Israel between calle 68 este & calle 70 este - near Multiplaza Mall - Location: Don Patacone is known for it's fantastic food, all the way from scrumptious appetizers to decadent desserts; so please be sure to join us for this Expat Happy Hour Social! Everyone is welcome, all ages, countries, and sizes! The drinks are at happy hour price, the food if delicious (dining is optional), and the fellowship is fun! Drop-ins welcome!! Remember to look at the website ; www.expatsocials.com for pictures of past socials , new menus , and lots of other info you can use . For your committee ........... Hall
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Panama children get gift of life from Israeli charity

Groups & OrganizationsPanamanian toddlers Jeremi and Migdalia have been given a new lease of life after successful heart surgery in Israel. The two children were brought to the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon by the Save a Child's Heart (SACH) foundation, an Israel-based international humanitarian project that provides free heart surgery to developing countries. This was the first time children from Panama took part in the life-saving program. "I am very glad that we were able to bring these two children to Israel for treatment," said SACH executive director Simon Fisher. "The model of cooperation, consultation and treatment that we have developed with doctors in Panama through the help of the Panamanian Foreign Ministry, will enable us to continue treating Panamanian children, and in time, train Panamanian physicians so that they can bring top quality pediatric cardiac care back to their home-country."

Both Jeremi and Migdalia were born with heart defects. Jeremi's surgery was successfully completed and he has since returned home. Migdalia is still in Israel, undergoing treatment. Israeli doctors say both children will be able to lead normal and healthy lives. And that's exactly for what the Israel-based charity strives. SACH, is the largest undertaking in the world whose mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from heart disease, and to create centers of competence in these countries. To date, SACH has treated some 2,500 children from Africa, South and Central America, Europe, Asia, and countries in the Middle East.

The partnership between Panama and Israel began during a visit by First-Lady of Panama Marta Linares to Israel last March, which included a stopover at SACH's facilities. "The surgery performed on these two babies from Panama, gives them an opportunity to live life and fulfill their dreams," said Robert Arango V, Panamanian Ambassador to Israel. "We are very thankful for the gifts of life that SACH has provided to our two young citizens. As we turn to 2011, we are ever more confident in SACH's mission and expect to expand our partnership with this important group."

According to the SACH pledge, "every child deserves the best medical treatment available, regardless of the child's nationality, religion, race, gender or financial situation." (Source)

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Food Drive at El Rey this Weekend for Malambo Orphanage

Groups & OrganizationsPANAMA — This coming weekend and next, shower yourself in how good it feels to help a child. Join the hundreds of El Rey clients who already started shopping a little extra to feed and supply the children of Malambo Orphanage. Your last chances to participate are:
Friday Nov 26th El Rey, Albrook 4-7pm
Saturday, Nov 27th El Rey, Albrook OR El Dorado 1-5pm
Friday, Dec 3rd El Rey, Albrook OR Calle 50 4-7pm
Saturday, Dec 4th El Rey, Albrook OR Calle 50 1-5pm

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