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We make a life by what we give.
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“Friends of Hope” and send to:
Friends of Hope
PO Box 451513
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33345
With a total population of roughly 3.6 million, Panama is one of the smallest countries in the
Americas. At present, it is characterized by one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
Revenue from the Panama Canal, which has been under Panamanian control since the year 2000,
accounts for a major portion of Panama's Gross Domestic Product.
Despite economic progress in Panama, the phenomenon of child labor has not yet disappeared.
Within the last 10 years, the number of children aged 5-14 engaged in labor activities has
increased. Children who live in rural or indigenous communities outside the capital are most
affected. Around half of these children do not go to school because they have to work during
school hours. Tuition fees and indirect costs such as school books, uniforms and school supplies
often make schooling inaccessible for under pressured families.
In Panama City, young kids from underprivileged families often form part of street gangs
in notorious neighborhoods like El Chorrillo or Curundú. By entering the gang, they often
enter a never-ending vicious circle. Drug abuse, sexual harassment, violence and homicide
quickly become part of their everyday life. Due to non-existent family structures, leaving
the gang is often not an option. Commercial sexual exploitation of children as a consequence
of poverty has also become a growing problem in Panama.
HOW WE HELP
We support children and young people by providing day-care, education, vocational training,
playgrounds and sports facilities.
Every day, children in panama of every age become orphaned or abandoned due to violence, natural
disasters, poverty or disease. Without your support, the outlook for these children is bleak.
Please help us continue to help the people of Panama by making a donation today.
Friends of Hope International, Inc.
9994 Nob Hill Place
Sunrise, FL 33351
Contributions are tax-deductible under
Internal Revenue code Section 501(c)(3)
Tax ID: 27-2059981