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NIÑOS COCLE del norte

The Need for a Road

This highway is the solution that our brothers and sisters on the Costa Abajo de Colón have been waiting for years. And it is time for their voices to be heard and heeded.

 

This 33 km highway, a route that shortens distances and opens new horizons. But this goes beyond upgrades and bridges; it represents the realization of postponed dreams, the response to a cry that has resounded in the mountains and the beaches of this wonderful Caribbean region of the country.

 

Your participation in this campaign will have a lasting impact, not only in the lives of the direct beneficiaries, but in the very soul of our country.

Find out how your participation in this exciting project has the power to transform your life and the lives of thousands of Panamanians. We invite you to watch this short 2 minute video in its entirety, where you will understand the impact that together we can make. You, without a doubt, could be one of the lucky beneficiaries.

If you have any questions, you will find answers in the Questions and Answers section of this website.

On this site, you will have access to detailed information on each phase of this project, from its beginnings in 2021 to the present. Your participation makes a difference in the next stage.

 

A Project That Changes Lives

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A Forgotten Region

Imagine being cut off from the world, depending on fishing boats and outboard motors and fine weather to reach civilization.

 

More than 10,000 people in the Costa Abajo area of the Colón province on the Caribbean coast of Panama, including children and the elderly, have been living this harsh reality. NO road, no electricity,

no clean water, no cell service, no access to medical care. Until now.

In 2021, we cut ourselves the first section of a 30 km dirt road, which stretches from Miguel De La Borda to Coclé Del Norte (see map). This gigantic project, driven entirely by the sheer will and determination of local residents, aims to end years of neglect by our nation's authorities.

 

In 2022 we made a second wider cut to the road and added culverts and water diversions where necessary.

ALL of this work amounted to over $40,000 in equipment rental, fuel, and food for the volunteer workers who donated thousands of hours of work. All members of the Costa Abajo community, everything was financed by ourselves,

Although the average daily income here is less than $10 per day. Yes, you read that right. The average resident of this area earns less than $3,700 per year, about 1/5 of the average for the rest of the country.

We have made remarkable progress, and the poor dirt road provides much safer and more efficient foot traffic for people, horses, and livestock. But to support 4x4 vehicles, you need to lay gravel and build bridges. Despite the challenges, a glimmer of hope shines in the heart of this country's marginalized and forgotten region.

Ernesto and Sarah,  we are the owners of a small tourist business called Camaroncito EcoResort & Beach, which is the ONLY employer in the area, we have joined and committed to this cause, we decided to help change the canvas of life for these people.

This is a call to anyone who can support us in this mission. Your help can drive the remaining miles, can light the torch of civilization for so many, and most importantly, can weave a safety net for these forgotten lives.

Your contribution is not only appreciated, but will help change lives.

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