The Panamanian American Academic Network (PANAM Network), a recognized IRS 501 3c Not-for-Profit Charity is being organized by a group of Panamanian-born professionals currently residing in the United States. As we are proud of the duality of our Panamanian and American heritage and rich culture, we recognize the pressing need for an effort to provide academic and financial assistance to various poverty-stricken provinces in Panama.

Join those of us who are dismayed by the neglect in Colon and have decided not sit idle and lament the situation but to organize and do something. 

We have been extending a helping hand to Colon for many years beginning with an initiative to build a Chapel  on the first floor at St Joseph’s church so that the elderly folks would not have to battle stairs to get to the church and mass.   Our efforts with PANAM Network is in its fourth year as part of our commitment to review our results every three years. The Directors at the Schools cautioned us not to begin if we are only going to do a one year  “clear your conscious”  thing.  I attached our most recent annual summary for your review.

We would most graciously welcome your support in two ways. One by circulating the article to friends and family who may , like you , be moved to reach out.  Second , if at all within your means, we would be ecstatic if you could consider sponsoring a scholarship for a needy child in Colon ($150.00 a year), or a school ($900.00 a year), or anything your means would allow.  We also welcome folks to visit during any of our award presentations where you see first hand a side of Colon that never makes the tabloids.  Our next award ceremony is Saturday March 2, 2013.

Programs

Phase I:
Identify 24 needy children in four elementary schools in Colon who have displayed an interest in educational achievement, despite limited financial resources

The Selected Elementary Schools Are:
Escuela Pablo Arosemena Directora Mirta Araúz
Escuela República de Uruguay Directora Virginia Niño
Escuela Carlos Clemente Directora Zeneida Barroso
Escuela República de Bolivia Director José Obregón

Phase II:
Include three additional elementary schools in the grant program and add 18 new, needy children to the 24 previously identified from the first phase. All children must demonstrate an interest in educational achievement, despite limited financial resources. The Selected Elementary Schools: To be determined

Phase III:
Include three additional elementary schools in the grant program and add 18 new, needy children to the 42 previously identified from the first and second phases. All children must demonstrate an interest in educational achievement, despite limited financial resources. The Selected Elementary Schools: To be determined

Phase IV:
Continue to support a grant program for all ten elementary schools in the City of Colon with an aggregate total of some 60 students receiving economic grants annually

Why is this Program Needed

Those who have lived or have visited the City of Colon, Republic of Panama are uniformly saddened by the deterioration of the City and the conditions that many live under.

Many of the Elementary School-age children, though motivated to learn, desperately lack the bare essentials such as school uniforms, shoes, books, supplies and other materials needed for a proper and healthy learning environment.

PANAM Network believes that with positive incentives and influences, Elementary School children in the City of Colon can be encouraged to pursue academic excellence while avoiding being captives of “street fame.”

PANAM Network is hopeful that once made aware of this situation, Panamanians, Americans, and concerned individuals will be motivated to lend a helping hand, to share their generosity, their expertise, their talents, their skills, and especially some of their valued time.