Children in Panama
The Republic of Panama occupies a strategically important position in Central America with the Panama Canal running across it linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Panama has many social problems and inequalities, with around 30 per cent of the population living below the nationally-defined poverty line.
Our Children's Villages in Panama
The charity has been working in Panama since 1982 when the first community was built on the north-western edge of Panama City in the former Canal Zone, on one of the first pieces of land returned to Panama by the Torrijos-Carter Agreement between the USA and Panama.
SOS Children's Village Panama City has 13 family houses and four SOS Youth Homes, which together are home to 150 children and young people. Other facilities include a basketball court and a baseball pitch which are used for national games as well as by children and young people from both the Village and the neighbourhood. Vocational training opportunities have been provided with projects for breeding fish, chickens and geese. In 1997, an SOS Vocational Training Centre for SOS mothers and staff was established.
A second community opened in 1990 in Penonomé, 150 km west of Panama City, with 12 family houses and an SOS Youth Home. The Village has cultivated a large vegetable garden and surplus fruit and vegetables are now sold locally.
A third community opened in 1999 in David in the Chiriqui province in north Panama, one of the country's largest and most important cattle breeding centres. It is also an area of extreme poverty and severe social problems where there is little or no institutional care for destitute children. The Village has 12 family houses and an SOS Social Centre providing day care for children from local families.
In 1998 we opened a transit home in Colón, north west of Panama City. This special centre would help parents unable to look after their own children for reasons such as drug addiction or imprisonment. In 2009, we turned our transit home into a Children's Village to provide permanent care to children in desperate need of a family.
Asociación Aldeas Infantiles SOS de Panamá
EL Dorado, Avenida La Amistad
El Dorado, Panamá
Tel: +507-830-5406, +507-830-5407, +507-830-5408