Social Assistance to the Community

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Phoenix Group® recognizes our moral and ethical obligation to help the less fortunate of our community. It is a blessing and heartwarming experience to assist these families in extreme need and bring smiles to the faces of appreciative children and the elderly. Community Social Support programs are financed and manned by Phoenix employees and the company. We provide ongoing support to an Orphanage and a Senior Home run by the Salvation Army. Additionally we celebrate Dia de Reyes (Three Kings Day) by delivering food and Christmas gifts to poor families in the Provinces of Colón and Panamá. Likewise, we organize holiday parties in small poor towns and orphanages in remote areas. Here are just a few examples of our outreach programs.

 
2018
Fiestas de la "Dia de Los Tres Reyes"
(Three Kings Day)
Salvation Army Orphanage for Girls
During the week of 8 January, we hosted our annual 3 Kings Day celebrations in Panamá. This year we held wonderful parties at the Salvation Army Orphanage for Girls, the Salvation Army’s Home for Abandoned Elderly, and the small Assembly of God church in very small and rural pueblo outside of Buena Vista. The clown actually is Phoenix Supervisor Garcia, who has great talents I wasn’t aware of. Incredible as it may seem, the kids in Buena Vista commented that this was the first party they had ever attended. Sharing a few pics of the smiles and fun. We also made our annual deliveries of food baskets to remote poor homes. It was a great week and the smiles were wonderful! Hats off to our Admin and Management team that made these events happen!!
 
2018
Fiestas de la "Dia de Los Tres Reyes"
(Three Kings Day)
Salvation Army’s Home for Abandoned Elderly
During the week of 8 January, we hosted our annual 3 Kings Day celebrations in Panamá. This year we held wonderful parties at the Salvation Army Orphanage for Girls, the Salvation Army’s Home for Abandoned Elderly, and the small Assembly of God church in very small and rural pueblo outside of Buena Vista. The clown actually is Phoenix Supervisor Garcia, who has great talents I wasn’t aware of. Incredible as it may seem, the kids in Buena Vista commented that this was the first party they had ever attended. Sharing a few pics of the smiles and fun. We also made our annual deliveries of food baskets to remote poor homes. It was a great week and the smiles were wonderful! Hats off to our Admin and Management team that made these events happen!!
 
2018
Fiestas de la "Dia de Los Tres Reyes"
(Three Kings Day)
Small Assembly of God Church in Very Small and Rural Pueblo Outside of Buena Vista, Panamá
During the week of 8 January, we hosted our annual 3 Kings Day celebrations in Panamá. This year we held wonderful parties at the Salvation Army Orphanage for Girls, the Salvation Army’s Home for Abandoned Elderly, and the small Assembly of God church in very small and rural pueblo outside of Buena Vista. The clown actually is Phoenix Supervisor Garcia, who has great talents I wasn’t aware of. Incredible as it may seem, the kids in Buena Vista commented that this was the first party they had ever attended. Sharing a few pics of the smiles and fun. We also made our annual deliveries of food baskets to remote poor homes. It was a great week and the smiles were wonderful! Hats off to our Admin and Management team that made these events happen!!
 
2017
"Apoyo Social al Familias para Navidad"
Rural Areas Outside of Buena Vista, Province of Colón, Panamá
Wednesday December 20, 2017, We were able to provide community assistance to families in need. These houses were in rural areas outside of Buena Vista, Province of Colón, Panamá. The families attend a church nearby, whose Pastor identified the families as in need of food and basic supplies.
 
2017
"Mission Accomplished" Completion of Home Modifications for Diana and Her 6 Children
Rio Rita Arriba, Colón, Panamá
Today, Friday January 17, 2017, we are happy to announce the completion of the modifications to the home of Diana and her 6 children in Rio Rita Arriba, Colón. We started the work in November but there were a number of rain delays. Here are a few before/after photos of the modifications and the presenting of the key to her newly installed front door (never had one before, nor a floor), as a well large bag of food. A big thanks to our management team, especially Jose Barrows, for completing this important task.
 
2017
Fiestas de la "Dia de Los Tres Reyes"
(Three Kings Day)
Girls Orphanage and a Church, Located in Different Areas of Colón, Panamá
January 6th and 7th, 2017, we hosted our annual Fiestas de la "Dia de Los Tres Reyes" (3 Kings Day) parties at a girls orphanage and a church, located in different areas of Colon, Panama. We had a good attendance of kids and one of our guys dressed-up as a "king". The families of houses we have rebuilt in the past couple months also attended. The kids really enjoyed the moon bounce, cotton candy, popcorn, face painting, games directed by the Clown and "king", smashing the piñata, and lunch. At the end, all received Christmas presents. These were fun celebrations and much appreciated by the kids.
 
2016
4 Houses in the Areas of
Providencia and Santa Rita Arriba, Colón, Panamá
A week ago while visiting some remote villages and churches to evaluate locations for our annual Three Kings Day Celebrations, we came across 4 houses in the areas of Providencia and Santa Rita Arriba in which the families were in urgent need of food. At one home, the kids were eating just a bowl of white rice three times a day. Nothing else. There, as well as at another 2 homes, the kids could not attend public school because of the lack of shoes and uniforms. The one house had only a partial roof, which is a huge problem with the current monsoon rains as the plastic strips just give way. To address the immediate emergency of a lack of food, on Saturday we delivered a large bag to each home, which included rice, beans, milk, chicken, canned tuna/ham/beef, pancake mix, cereal, condiments, etc. This will get them thru the next couple weeks. We have contracted a tech from the Maintenance shop at MIT to install zinc sheets on the house lacking a roof and are buying shoes and uniforms for the kids so they can start going to school. Between the four homes, there were a two adults available to work, so we are looking to hire them directly or assist in obtaining employment in Colon. The key is to assist them in becoming independent and self-supporting.
 
2016
Fiestas de la "Dia de Los Tres Reyes"
(Three Kings Day)
Children at an Orphanage in Sabanistas outside Colón, Panamá
Phoenix has adopted an Orphanage run by the Salvation Army outside Colón. As part of our Fiestas de la "Dia de Los Tres Reyes" (Three Kings Day) celebration in January 2016, Phoenix Group held a wonderful party for 30 children at the Orphanage. The children had a great time jumping in the Moon Bounce ("brinca brinca" in Spanish) and getting faces painted, eating hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, drinking slushies, and playing many games led by a fun clown. At the end, each child was given a present. Great Day!!!
 
2016
Social Support "Senior Home" Hogar Jackson
(Apoyo Social "Senior Home" Hogar Jackson)
Phoenix Group adopted a Salvation Army-staffed "Senior Home" (Hogar Jackson) in January 2016. The home has 11 abandoned “Ancianos” (old folks) living there and it is in a neighborhood with a heavy presence of gangs. Mike McNicholas, Managing Director of Phoenix Group, met the director of “Senior Home” at the 3 Kings Day Party held at a Colón Orphanage and he mentioned they were having a challenge obtaining enough donations of food for the residents. Phoenix Group delivered enough food for a month, which included 50 lbs of rice, beans, oil, juice, cans of Ensure, milk, vegetables, chicken, fish, and also cleaning supplies. Phoenix Group now makes deliveries on a monthly basis.
 
2016
Social Support Community, Colón, Panamá
(Apoyo Social al Comunidad, Colón, Panamá)
As in past years, in January 2016, Phoenix Group delivered canastas (large baskets), a bag of Christmas gifts, and cash donation to each of 4 families. The baskets held can, bags, and boxes of rice and foods for several meals - including a frozen turkey for Christmas dinner (they have to cook it now because no one has a freezer and most do not have electricity). One of the families, a single pregnant woman with some 6 small kids, lives in a zinc shack about a mile back a steep dirt road in the mountains (good exercise). Our female employees pitched-in and bought a basinet and filled it with "new born" supplies. Another home was of an elderly couple that has a son who had open heart surgery a couple weeks ago (and cannot work). The remaining two families were similar to the first home - one a single Mom with lots of kids and the other a Grandmother who was left raising numerous grandkids. Everyone was happy and thankful and it was very heart-warming for us.
 
Social Support Community, Colón, Panamá
(Apoyo Social al Comunidad, Colón, Panamá)
"Frijolito" Fresh Water Supply
Phoenix Group installed a new water pump and energy solar panels repaired in the community of Frijolito, Province of Colón, Panamá. This has been a year-long project and was only completed via the intervention and support of senior management at Manzanillo International Terminal-Panama (MIT). MIT assigned a lead engineer and agreed to split the purchase costs with Phoenix Group. The community now has access to clean water which flows up the side of the mountain and into the school, church, and central points of dissemination. We were happy to be part of bring smiles to the faces of the residents. Here are a few photos of the kids and the installation process.
 
2015
Fiestas de la "Dia de Los Tres Reyes"
(Three Kings Day)
"El Chorrillo" a very poor and gang-infested section of Panamá City
Phoenix Group held the first of three Fiestas de la "Dia de Los Tres Reyes" (Three Kings Day) parties in "El Chorrillo" -- a very poor and gang-infested section of Panamá City. The kids are partially supported by the local church, generally having been abandoned or living on the streets. Their parents mostly are drug addicts and gang members. Phoenix employees dressed as the "3 Kings" and clowns and we provided a meal and a Christmass gift to each child (the only one most received). We brought the cotton candy and popcorn machines (always the favorites), piñatas, and an employee-made ping-pong table. The kids had a great time.
 
2015
Fiestas de la "Dia de Los Tres Reyes"
(Three Kings Day)
Village of San Andrés of Chepo (heading to the Darién region from Panamá City)
Phoenix Group second day of our 3 Kings Day parties was held in a church in the village of San Andrés of Chepo (heading to the Darién region from Panamá City). Our K-9 Supervisor (wearing the black boony hat in the first photo) and K-9 Section organized this event and brought a couple canines (the most passive) for the kids. You may recognize the little girl on the far left in the top picture. She is the one with the skin problem and is now using the medicine purchased with donations. This was her first party. As with the other parties, we had the popcorn and cotton candy machines, face painting and games, lunches and a Xmas gift for each, and a clown / our "Kings". We also brought an inflatable bouncing room - which was the BIG hit with the kids. All had a great time.
 
2015
Fiestas de la "Dia de Los Tres Reyes"
(Three Kings Day)
"Frijolito", near Colón (Atlantic side of Panamá)
Phoenix Group last of our 3 Kings Day parties, which was held in the very small community of "Frijolito", near Colón (Atlantic side of Panamá). In the top photo you can see the terrain and one of the village's houses - and "out house" as there is no inside plumbing. The second photo down shows two of our folks from the Colon office setting-up for the party in the one-room school. Yes, the only school has a single room and one teacher for the kids. All grades are taught simultaneously. The third photo down is one of the guys preparing to connect a wire to the main power line on the street, as the school had no electricity to run the popcorn and cotton candy machines or the Moon Bounce. Thankfully, no one was electrocuted and the only causality was the popcorn machine, which blew-out with the initial jolt of electricity. The remaining photos are of the kids playing, collecting candy from the fallen piñata, and receiving their Xmas gift. A good time for all.
 
2014
Phoenix Group Annual Christmas/Day of the Kings Celebrations
"Hogar Fátima, el Chorrillo, Colón, Panamá"
Phoenix Group Annual Christmas/Day of the Kings celebrations at a total of five locations in the Republic of Panama. Each celebration was a huge success and we were rewarded with many thanks and big smiles from the children and parents. Thanks to MIT & DHL for assisting in sponsoring these holiday activities for the less fortunate.

Hogar Fátima, el Chorrillo, Colón, Panamá: a home for 35 orphan children and 34 abandoned senior persons. During the party, each of the seniors was given pajamas, a bath robe, and slippers. The children were given a toy, tennis shoes, and a shirt. All enjoyed hot dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy and the kids played in the "brinca brinca" and had their faces painted. This orphanage survives on the assistance of private donors.

You can see the happiness in the faces of the children. However, our Staff received a lot of joy and satisfaction in bringing joy to the kids. Thanks again to MIT & DHL for assisting in sponsoring the holiday celebrations.
 
2014
Phoenix Group Annual Christmas/Day of the Kings Celebrations
"Kuna Yala, Akuanusadaup"
Phoenix Group Annual Christmas/Day of the Kings celebrations at a total of five locations in the Republic of Panama. Each celebration was a huge success and we were rewarded with many thanks and big smiles from the children and parents. Thanks to MIT & DHL for assisting in sponsoring these holiday activities for the less fortunate.

Kuna Yala, Akuanusadaup: a remote island in the Pearl Islands, getting there was 3 hours by truck and then 2 hours by motorized canoe from Chepo. We hosted a party for 166 children and their parents. They ate hot dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy and the kids played games. The kids were fascinated with the cotton candy as most had never seen it before and many kids had yet to leave the island. Families were also given bags of food.

You can see the happiness in the faces of the children. However, our Staff received a lot of joy and satisfaction in bringing joy to the kids. Thanks again to MIT & DHL for assisting in sponsoring the holiday celebrations.
 
2014
Phoenix Group Annual Christmas/Day of the Kings Celebrations
"Vista Hermosa, Aguadulce, Coclé, Panamá"
Phoenix Group Annual Christmas/Day of the Kings celebrations at a total of five locations in the Republic of Panama. Each celebration was a huge success and we were rewarded with many thanks and big smiles from the children and parents. Thanks to MIT & DHL for assisting in sponsoring these holiday activities for the less fortunate.

Vista Hermosa, Aguadulce, Coclé, Panamá: a small remote community about 45 minutes from the town of Aguadulce. Access to the community only is via 4 x 4 truck, walking or bicycle. None of the resident have vehicles. The celebration included 42 children of 25 families. Each family was given a bag of food and the kids received gifts and ate hot dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy, as well took turns hitting the piñata. The community was very grateful, said they receive no support from private companies or the government, and asked us to come back next year.

You can see the happiness in the faces of the children. However, our Staff received a lot of joy and satisfaction in bringing joy to the kids. Thanks again to MIT & DHL for assisting in sponsoring the holiday celebrations.
 
2014
Phoenix Group Annual Christmas / Day of the Kings Celebrations
"Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Center, Colón, Panamá"
Phoenix Group Annual Christmas / Day of the Kings celebrations at a total of five locations in the Republic of Panama. Each celebration was a huge success and we were rewarded with many thanks and big smiles from the children and parents. Thanks to MIT & DHL for assisting in sponsoring these holiday activities for the less fortunate.

Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Center, Colón, Panamá: Located in the center of Colon, this facility offers rehabilitation services to children with Downs Syndrome and MS. The 35 kids and their parents enjoyed the clowns, dancing to music, eating lunch, face painting, and the games. Each child was given a toy as a gift. The kids were especially appreciative, as was the Staff.

You can see the happiness in the faces of the children. However, our Staff received a lot of joy and satisfaction in bringing joy to the kids. Thanks again to MIT & DHL for assisting in sponsoring the holiday celebrations.
 
2014
Phoenix Group Annual Christmas/Day of the Kings Celebrations
"Monte Oreb, Quebrada Ancha, Colón, Panamá"
Phoenix Group Annual Christmas/Day of the Kings celebrations at a total of five locations in the Republic of Panama. Each celebration was a huge success and we were rewarded with many thanks and big smiles from the children and parents. Thanks to MIT & DHL for assisting in sponsoring these holiday activities for the less fortunate.

Monte Oreb, Quebrada Ancha, Colón, Panamá: a small, remote community located in the area of Quebrada Ancha, in the Province of Colon, and an hour off the highway (Transistmica). The community was hit hard in recent flooding and still is cut-off from nearby access to regular transportation. There were some 100 children and adults in attendance. During the party, the kids received a gift and all ate a lunch of ham, rice, potato, and cake. For them, this was their New Year dinner. Several of the families were given food baskets. The kids played games and had lots of fun jumping in the "brinca brinca".

You can see the happiness in the faces of the children. However, our Staff received a lot of joy and satisfaction in bringing joy to the kids. Thanks again to MIT & DHL for assisting in sponsoring the holiday celebrations.