Sharing our annual note of holiday activity to support the less fortunate in Colón, Panamá and Caracas, Venezuela. Covid quarantines/curfews have severely impacted the lives of so many in Central and South America, as over 30% of the population are “day workers” and live-off of what they earn daily. So with quarantines, no work those days means no food on the family table for those days.
Due to Covid restrictions, we were not able to host our annual “Three Kings Day” parties at the Salvation Army’s Girls orphanage in Colón or the small churches in remote areas of the Province. This was truly unfortunate for the children who look forward to this event each year, as well as for our staff and I who really enjoy participating and seeing the smiles of the kids. However, just before Christmas the Phoenix Group staff delivered much-needed food bags and gifts to 12 struggling families in areas outside of the city of Colón. A big thanks to our Phoenix Group staff for their hard work in organizing and executing these very important Community Support projects.
In Venezuela, Adriana Flores continues to direct our monthly food and clothing support programs at a Christian facility for Disabled Elderly and also a school which supports street kids in Caracas. Adriana and her small group of volunteers are making a huge positive difference in the lives of these almost forgotten elderly and kids. Prior to Christmas, Adriana organized the delivery of special food bags to needy families at the school in Caracas. Currently, she is coordinating a “holiday breakfast” at the facility for disabled elderly. Sister Rosanna and her teams doing an amazing job at the two facilities. A big thank you and hug for Adriana and her team of volunteers – each a hero.