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  1. March 2019 Family of the Month Amado's Family Last November the BVB Newsletter reported that Amado was suffering from a serious stomach disorder that kept him bedridden and unable to work for many weeks. The whole family suffered, and when neighbors alerted us to the situation, Buenos Vecinos stepped in and began to deliver non-perishable food to their door on an emergency basis. Within the last three and a half months, Amado has made a complete recovery. He was able to go back to work in the cane fields because he is once again healthy and strong. His wife, Catalina and his four children, Jovany 14, Jonny 11, Diana 9 and Janeth 5 have also regained their smiles. Amado and Catalina no longer need the food assistance, but they say that they will always remember that Buenos Vecinos helped their family when they needed it most. How to help? If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It is important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase or storage of food for our clients. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month, you will become a Coconut Foundation member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page: Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/BuenosVecinosDeBoquete/ Website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/ Thank you!
  2. Subscribe Past Issues RSS Translate View this email in your browser Buenos Vecinos de Boquete Newsletter March 2019 International Coffee Farms Corporation Generously Supports BVB Buenos Vecinos de Boquete is proud and grateful to announce the generous support of International Coffee Farms Corporation (ICFC), based here in Boquete. This innovative company has assumed the financial support of ten of our families for an entire year! ICFC owns and operates 11 specialty coffee estates and provides investment opportunities in the coffee industry. The pillar of this company is sustainability, not only environmental sustainability (with the use of modern farming practices and coffee processing), economic sustainability (with proven success by working smarter), but also social sustainability. Here the link with Buenos Vecinos becomes evident. ICFC utilizes 20% of their gross profit to provide improved housing for their indigenous workers and scholarship programs for the education of their children. This model of social responsibility is not only admirable, but a cornerstone of the company’s business. Buenos Vecinos, too, strives to assist our community, and with ICFC we have found a like-minded and most generous donor! Be sure to stop by The Perfect Pair in downtown Boquete, a sister company to ICFC, and taste their specialty coffee or try a delicious sample of chocolate from their cacao operations in Belize. A heartfelt Thank You! from all of us at BVB, and the families we serve, to International Coffee Farms Corporation. Be sure to check out their informative and lively website: internationalcoffeefarms.com Panama’s Top-Rated Hotel Becomes the Latest Casino Night Auction Item Boquete Has Heart, sponsor of the upcoming Casino Night at the Animales Event Center on March 16th is pleased to announce a remarkable donation from Bocas del Mar, a luxury boutique hotel in Boca Chica. They are providing two 2-night bed and breakfast packages for two at their delightful resort. Two lucky bidders will each enjoy a romantic getaway package to one of Panama’s finest venues Named #1 Hotel in Panama, and winner of the prestigious Trip Advisor Travelers Choice Award for 2019, Bocas Del Mar features modern stylish bungalows set in gardens with views of the bay at Boca Chica and islands of the Gulf of Chiriqui Marine National Park. With two infinity pools, an outdoor restaurant and bar, the hotel also offers personal services like massages, and excursions for snorkeling, whale-watching, in season, deep-sea fishing, and trips to unspoiled islands of tropical jungle and solitary beaches. Enjoy photos and additional information at www.bocasdelmar.com. Based upon availability April 25th – October 31st 2019. Excluding July 15th-Aug 25th, Saturday nights and all holidays. These packages include breakfast and are valued at $360 each. Both packages may not be purchased and used by the same couple. CASINO NIGHT So join us this Saturday 5-8 pm. For and evening of chance and fun.This fund-raising event on behalf of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete (BVB) and Amigos de Animales de Boquete will feature casino games, passed appetizers, a cash bar and a silent auction of valuable items like resort stays, restaurant and service vouchers, and other items and services. The $15 tickets available at the Boquete Tuesday Morning Market and Boquete Mailboxes Etc., or $20 at the door will also include $500 of free “funny money” to use for playing the games. Family of the Month Update March 2019 Amado’s Family Last November the BVB Newsletter reported that Amado was suffering from a serious stomach disorder that kept him bedridden and unable to work for many weeks. The whole family suffered, and when neighbors alerted us to the situation, Buenos Vecinos stepped in and began to deliver non-perishable food to their door on an emergency basis. Within the last three and a half months, Amado has made a complete recovery. He was able to go back to work in the cane fields because he is once again healthy and strong. His wife, Catalina and his four children, Jovany 14, Jonny 11, Diana 9 and Janeth 5 have also regained their smiles. Amado and Catalina no longer need the food assistance, but they say that they will always remember that Buenos Vecinos helped their family when they needed it most. How to help? If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It is important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase or storage of food for our clients. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month, you will become a Coconut Foundation member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page: Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/BuenosVecinosDeBoquete/ Website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/ Thank you!
  3. Only one week left to buy a ticket to this great community event!
  4. Be sure to get your tickets for this awesome event at the BCP Market tomorrow or at Mail Boxes, Etc.
  5. Little Natalie who has just turned one year old delights the family with her happy nature and easy-going personality. Her mother Maritza, in her mid-twenties, is a single mom with no current income, but she does most of the cooking and laundry for her large extended family. Maritza lives with her mom and seven nieces and nephews whose ages range from six to thirteen. It’s a busy, bustling household and both living space and food are in short supply. All of them look forward to the Buenos Vecinos monthly visit that brings them not only nutritious food, but also some friendly encouragement from their familiar BVB volunteers. How to help? If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It is important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase or storage of food for our clients. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month (about the cost of a daily latte), you will become a Coconut Foundation member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page: Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/BuenosVecinosDeBoquete/ Website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/ Thank you!
  6. You still have a chance to buy a ticket for Boquete Has Heart Casino Night! Tickets are available at the Tuesday Market and Mail Boxes Etc. Don't miss the second annual Amigos de Animales and Buenos Vecinos fun filled event and fundraiser. Check out the flyer for complete information.
  7. View this email in your browser Buenos Vecinos de Boquete Newsletter February 2019. Casino Night Features Exciting Auction Items On Saturday March 16th 5-8 pm in the Animales Event Center, Boquete Has Heart will once again present Casino Night. This fund-raising event on behalf of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete (BVB) and Amigos de Animales de Boquete will feature casino games, passed appetizers, a cash bar and a silent auction of valuable items like resort stays, restaurant and service vouchers, special event tickets and other items and services. The $15 tickets available at the Boquete Tuesday Morning Market and Boquete Mailboxes Etc., or $20 at the door will also include $500 of free“funny money”. One of the most exciting auction items being offered is a seven-night stay for four at Villa Morotin on the island of Bonaire valued at $1174. Located in the Kralendijk district of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean, this island paradise is well-known by diving and snorkeling enthusiasts throughout the world. Morotin is a well-appointed modern villa situated poolside with a shaded pool deck and is just a short walk to the white-sand beach, dive shops and restaurants. Based on availability; low season only (April 16th-December 18 2019). Includes ground transportation to and from the Bonaire airport. Valued at $1,174, tourist tax not included. Contact Gijs Hoogerkamp gijs@hoogerkamp.nl or 6826-8402 Visit the website at www.villamorotin.com Take a 3D-tour of the villa at: : https://my.matterport.com/models/AJyxz6Gx82g?section=media&mediasection=showcase (both floors have the same lay-out) Coconut Foundation Member Support Fuels the Buenos Vecinos Program At the heart of BVB is that loyal core of supporters, the Coconut Foundation, many of whom have contributed to the program from its inception in 2009. Providing a minimum of $360 per year or $30 a month, these generous folks from the local and international community are the lifeblood that keeps our program alive. On behalf of our clients, all the individuals and families that we serve, we would like to acknowledge the following Coconut Members who supported Buenos Vecinos last year. Olga Alexander Tamara Balkenhol Penny Barrett Paquita Bath Boquete Bridge Club Luis and Carmen Botero Robert Brauns Alison and Bill Brundage George and Vickie Castillo Brian and Trish Christofferson Laurie and Kelly Collier Denis and Muriel Couroux Anne and Joe Costanza Megan Dameron Laura and Lamar Daniel Ed and Sue Davis Sylvette Day Dennis DeCorte Mary Dreblow Bruce and Patrice Ebel John and Judy Ginnity Harry and Nancy Halbert Karen Hill Julie Hilliard Brandy Gregory Lindsay and Mary Hunter Lynne Johnson Jim Kavney Kathy Mckay Ben Langton Stephen Kingshott Tina LaPorte Bill and Linda Lane Donald Lash in Memory of Denis Cody Hans Lebuser and Barbara Lapid Jere McCormick N & N Catering Patricia O’Connell Susan Peterson Richard and Leah Polack Consuela Reeder Cliff and Alicia Silverstein Tom and Beverly Stearns Germaine and Richard Sturtz Robert and Dale Sylva Sheila Tatum Mike and Molly Traynor Mary Ellen Watts DeDe and Larry Widekind Bonnie Williams In Memory of Stephen Plowden-Wardlaw In Memory of Vanetta Worthington Mariah Winds Specialty Cleaning Services Sally Zigmond and Peter Sterling Panama Relocation Tours Anne Harper Doug and Bev Tyler Katherine Gross Rusty Castillo Stephanie Riley Dottie Thompson International Coffee Farms We extend an invitation to our Coconut Foundation members to join us at any of our food packing sessions and meetings. With prior notice, we can arrange a limited number of opportunities for these members to join one of our volunteers on a family food delivery. If interested, please contact Trish Christofferson at trishchristofferson@gmail.com Family of the Month February 2019 Little Natalie who has just turned one year old delights the family with her happy nature and easy-going personality. Her mother Maritza, in her mid-twenties, is a single mom with no current income, but she does most of the cooking and laundry for her large extended family. Maritza lives with her mom and seven nieces and nephews whose ages range from six to thirteen. It’s a busy, bustling household and both living space and food are in short supply. All of them look forward to the Buenos Vecinos monthly visit that brings them not only nutritious food, but also some friendly encouragement from their familiar BVB volunteers. How to help? If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It is important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase or storage of food for our clients. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month (about the cost of a daily latte), you will become a Coconut Foundation member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page: Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/BuenosVecinosDeBoquete/ Website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/ Thank you! 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  8. Buenos Vecinos de Boquete at year’s end is pleased to report that we continue our efforts to feed the needy in our community, and we could not have done that without your amazing generosity! On average, we are providing nonperishable food to 95 families a month, with a monthly expense of over $3,420 for those food items. Food is our only expense; we have no administrative costs. We are a very small team of nineteen volunteers, making a big impact on the lives of the families we serve. Most of our families are indigenous, elderly, single moms, handicapped, or those struggling to support a handicapped family member. Ro-Her in Boquete is our food supplier. The company delivers the food to the Fundacion Pro Integracion building (across from Chop Sticks restaurant) where we gather every month for a lively morning of sorting and packing. Some of our families (those who receive the services of FPI) retrieve their packages right there, while other food packs are delivered to the homes of our clients by our volunteers. How does Buenos Vecinos meet our monthly expenses? We organize Food Drives, venta de patios, and fundraising events, but most importantly, we depend on financial donations. Our group of 62 Coconut Foundation members are the superstars! These generous people commit to an annual minimum donation of $360 which covers the cost of one family for a year. Of course, there are many more modest donations, all of which add-up, and are most welcome! As we start the New Year, we want to involve our donors more closely with our activities, and plan to introduce a program where those interested can ride along for a food delivery and meet the families. If you would like to participate, please contact me. As we end the year, we send our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported us in our work to feed the most needy of our community’s neighbors. Truly, that is a holiday blessing! Louise Orr, Chairwoman, Buenos Vecinos de Boquete panamaleo@gmail.com In the photos attached you will see from top to bottom : One of our food drives which is an important fundraising source for us, our monthly packing at Fundacion Pro-Integracion and the homes of one of our clients.
  9. Family of the Month- November 2018 Meet the Case Family Catalina and Amado live in a house of wood and tin on a dirt road amid the sugar cane fields. In their early 40’s , they struggle to raise their four school-age children, two boys Jovany 14, Jonny 11 and two girls, Diana 9 and Janeth 5. Recently, this struggle has become even more perilous; in the past few months, Amado has been afflicted with a debilitating stomach disorder which has made it difficult for him to eat and therefore has also made him very weak. He has needed help to even walk, and so he is currently unable to work to support his family. Neighbors alerted a Buenos Vecinos member to this serious situation and Buenos Vecinos responded with an immediate provision of non-perishable food. Janeth grabbed the can of KLIM powdered milk and broke into a smile at this unexpected gift. In addition, Boquete Health and Hospice is providing some medical equipment to assist Amado in his home. If you would like to help families like this and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, your financial support would be most appreciated. DONATE ONLINE: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/how-you-can-help We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. IF YOU PREFER TO DONATE BY CASH, Please contact Louise Orr (panamaleo@gmail.com) for arrangements. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month (about the cost of a daily latte), your name will be added to our “Coconut Foundation” as an acknowledgement of your concern and generosity. Buenos Vecinos de Boquete’s wholesale purchase power enables us to furnish our clients more food than they could purchase on their own in the store with the same amount of money. Thank you!
  10. Family of the Month - Meet Yeisel and her Family Yeisel, eleven years old, lives with her parents and four siblings in a modest house on the coffee farm where her father works. Last year she suffered a serious accident. The damage to her spine affected her mobility and now, even though she can walk, her gait is uneven and she must soon undergo surgery and fittings for a brace. Although her once-a-week physical therapy session is provided at no cost to the family, they are still responsible for the expenses of transportation and medicine. Pictured here are Yeisel, her younger brother Sebastian, her little sister Keisel, and her mother Norissa. Norissa expressed her gratitude for the help and support from FPI (The Handicap Center) and for the monthly bags of food from Buenos Vecinos. How to help? If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It is important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase or storage of food for our clients. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month (about the cost of a daily latte), you will become a Coconut Foundation member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page: Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/BuenosVecinosDeBoquete/ Website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/ Thank you!
  11. View this email in your browser Buenos Vecinos de Boquete Newsletter October 2018. Save the Date for Casino Night 2019 Boquete Has Heart is happy to announce that Buenos Vecinos de Boquete and Amigos de Animales de Boquete will once again be joining together to sponsor Casino Night. Scheduled for the evening of Saturday February 9th at the Animales Event Center, this fun event will feature casino-style games and a silent auction. Mark your calendars (including your new 2019 Animales calendar) and plan to join us for this highly-anticipated evening. BVB Bake Sale at the Health Fair On October 14th BVB conducted a bake sale at Boquete Health and Hospice’s second annual Health Fair at the Boquete Fairgrounds. Not even rainy weather could dampen the spirits of health-providers and vendors or the enthusiastic crowds who enjoyed the demonstrations, mini-seminars and free health screenings. Buenos Vecinos volunteers and supporters sold enough baked goods and sandwiches to sponsor a needy family for a whole year. Thanks to Boquete Health and Hospice for their gracious invitation to participate in this important event. Family of the Month - Meet Yeisel and her Family Yeisel, eleven years old, lives with her parents and four siblings in a modest house on the coffee farm where her father works. Last year she suffered a serious accident. The damage to her spine affected her mobility and now, even though she can walk, her gait is uneven and she must soon undergo surgery and fittings for a brace. Although her once-a-week physical therapy session is provided at no cost to the family, they are still responsible for the expenses of transportation and medicine. Pictured here are Yeisel, her younger brother Sebastian, her little sister Keisel, and her mother Norissa. Norissa expressed her gratitude for the help and support from FPI (The Handicap Center) and for the monthly bags of food from Buenos Vecinos. How to help? If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It is important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase or storage of food for our clients. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month (about the cost of a daily latte), you will become a Coconut Foundation member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page: Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/BuenosVecinosDeBoquete/ Website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/ Thank you!
  12. View this email in your browser Buenos Vecinos de Boquete Newsletter September 2018. A Big Thank You to the Boquete Community! Our latest Buenos Vecinos Food Drive in front of Romero’s Food Market in Boquete August 18th was a great success, thanks to generous community and even tourists who stopped by to learn more about our food charity and to donate cash and selected non-perishable food items. By the end of the day, BVB had collected enough to support one of our needy families for more than a year. We appreciate your big hearts! We want to also thank those Coconut Foundation Members who recently renewed their annual pledges to support BVB for a minimum of $360 a year. And hats off to N & N Catering (Nairn Cutten and Nancy Halbert) who donate all of the profits from their catering jobs to Buenos Vecinos and two other deserving charities. Their substantial donation means that our clients like the Family of the Month featured below will continue to find BVB groceries at their door throughout the year. BVB could not exist without this kind of support. Thank you! There’s Still Time………. It’s not too late to buy your first raffle tickets, or even additional tickets, to win this beautiful 60” X 60” handmade Indonesian batik quilt or this decorator 21” X 25” brushed metal seashell mirror. Look for the Buenos Vecinos table at the Tuesday Morning Market. The winners will be announced on stage before the Tuesday Talk on September 25th and need not be present to win. Join Us at the Health Fair (and the BVB Bake Sale) Boquete Health and Hospice is sponsoring the Boquete Health Fair at the Feria across from the BCP on Sunday October 14th 1-4 pm. This important event will feature representatives from the health community, doctors, laboratories, pharmacies and other health supporters. Free blood pressure checks and glucose testing will also be available. Buenos Vecinos will be there selling delicious homemade baked goods. All proceeds from these sales support BVB’s monthly food distribution to some of the area’s neediest individuals and families Family of the Month - Meet Benilda´s Family A large tree hides this bamboo house from the road and the outside play area is worn down to the dirt by many feet. The family who lives here, Benilda and her eight children still miss the father who abandoned them more than a year ago. Benilda struggles to find work, but earns only $50 a month cleaning houses and ironing clothes; $32 of those dollars are already designated for monthly rent and water. Her oldest child, 18 year-old Alexander, is now in trade school learning how to be an electrician. He wants to help his family, and he is optimistic that he’ll be successful. His sixteen year-old sister, Yamileth, will finish high school next year. She wants to learn accounting so that she can help support the family, as well. Her fourteen year-old sister, Yaneth, has confessed with a smile, her own vision of someday owning a beautiful dress. The other children, Reinaldo, 12, Juan, 10, Jeronimo, 9 and Maria, 7, also attend school. Six year-old Jhahicha is very excited to start school next year when she will proudly wear a uniform like her brothers and sisters. Until then she spends her days at home with her mother. When Mom works, a sibling stays home with Jhahicha. The family rushed inside the house to find their best clothes before we took the accompanying photo. Benilda said that the food Buenos Vecinos donates to their family “is a great blessing and she is very grateful.” How to help? If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It is important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase or storage of food for our clients. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month (about the cost of a daily latte), you will become a Coconut Foundation member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page: Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/BuenosVecinosDeBoquete/ Website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/ Thank you! This email was sent to trishchristofferson@gmail.com why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences Buenos Vecinos de Boquete · Boquete, Chiriqui · Panama City · Panama
  13. Stop by Romero in Boquete between 9 AM and 1:30 PM on Saturday, August 18, to support Buenos Vecinos de Boquete during our upcoming Food Drive. Our locally-based effort assists needy community families with monthly, non-perishable food supplies. We will have samples of what you can buy at Romero to aid our work, and of course, financial assistance is always appreciated. Shop for food that you (and we) need, and meet members of our team! See below a photo of the food our clients receive each month:
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