Fundacion Calicanto

Calicanto is a community based organization dedicated to safeguarding the historic and human heritage of Panama City's inner city historic district through social, educational, cultural, and conservation programs and initiatives.
Feb 17, 2016

The Beginning Of CAPTA Colon

First group of the year
First group of the year

Calicanto Foundation starts its program CAPTA in the city of Colón with a total of 24 women living at social risk and poverty. With words of welcome by the staff, we had a moment where emotions could not be kept away thanks to our candle ceremony where the women told us their goals and dreams.

In the end, this long-awaited moment became a reality with the beginning of the fundamental cycle. Along with the staff, we had the pleasant visit of members from the US Embassy in Panamá. The US Embassy sponsor this project and we are deeply grateful with them because it is so important to work with the community of Colón to improve the social problematic they are currently dealing with.

These girls spent the day with theatre professor and professional actor Jaime Newball who gave an intense acting and dramatization class to break the ice between the new beneficiaries and the professors.

Women paying attention to the Executive Director
Women paying attention to the Executive Director
The Executive Director providing scholarships
The Executive Director providing scholarships
The girls getting to know each other
The girls getting to know each other
Good luck!
Good luck!

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Feb 9, 2016

Enlaces Summer Program 2016

Volunteers having fun with the kids
Volunteers having fun with the kids

What a great summer we have had!! The past few weeks has been really busy for us, from greeting donors that had visited us from all over the world to planning our 2016 calendar and founding strategies. The good news is that we had the opportunity of upgrading our Enlaces Summer Program, this time with the participation of our Nuestra Señora de la Merced students plus our regular twenty kids.

The importance of creating spaces for recreational activities is that because most of our children lack of places where to play and be kids. They live in one of the most dangerous areas of Panama in houses so small it is almost impossible to play inside. So, every time they go outside, they take the risk of entering zones ruled by gangs.

We strongly believe that children must be children and should have the opportunity of exploring the world and play freely.

With our summer program, we take a stand against violence by taking them to safe places where they can be themselves and enjoy all fun that comes with the summer. On our first trip we visited Parque Omar, a nearby park where they flew kites all day and took a brief class of road safety for children.

Lastly, we conclude the Summer Program with a hike to the 654-foot tall of Ancon Hill that overlooks Panama City. We enjoyed a fun day outside while we admired the beautiful view from the place where our national flag relies. This trip made us appreciate the diverse fauna and flora that inhabits natural areas in our country.

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Almost there!
Almost there!
On top of Ancon where our national flag is located
On top of Ancon where our national flag is located
Hurry up!
Hurry up!
Enlaces and the program coordinator
Enlaces and the program coordinator
Students from Nuestra Senora de la Merced
Students from Nuestra Senora de la Merced
Dec 28, 2015

Help educate poor women living in Colon City

Local woman managing a food stand
Local woman managing a food stand

We have graduated more than 700 women since 2005, of which 64% are working in hotels and other businesses; and 8% chose to continue their studies.

So far, our area of action had limited itself to San Felipe, El Chorrillo, Curundú, Santa Ana and Calidonia but in 2015, we started the process of expansion outside our traditional sectors.

The province of Colon is located near the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal. It is commercially important for the country because of the Free Zone (the world's second largest) and by its ports activities. We aim to change the reality of families living at dangerous and marginalized areas, this effort is supported by the Embassy of the United States that rely on the viability of the program and have chosen the City of Colon as the perfect candidate for social change. 

Why is it important?

Colon City has big problems such as unemployment, education and social support, which is why many of the young people end up associated with gangs. However, women have an entrepreneurial spirit and desire to succeed with their families. They represent 48% of the colonense population, within this percentage the majority is under the figure of "head of household" and must address their homes by themselves.

Our desire to help

Calicanto Foundation, ensuring the social restructuring of the province of Colon and believing in strong women living in this sector, decided to extend its training program (CAPTA) to areas such as Barrio Norte, Barrio Sur, Buena Vista, Puerto Escondido, Villa Caribe, reverted areas and Arco Iris located in the City of Colon. During the next two years, we plan to train and locate more than 220 colonenses women in the Hotel industry.

A CAPTA woman increases 70% of her self-esteem; 60% of them became leaders in their community; 90% received health certificates. 85% of women culminated the course and 64% of them are located into the labor market.

Expansion has not been an easy task, but we have had the support of the Embassy of the United States during this journey of hope. We have approximately 75% of the funds needed to develop our program in the sister province of Colon. In 2015 we managed to perform: 

  • Community research
  • Geographical recognition of Colon
  • Reconstruction of the class room
  • Installation of furniture
  • Manual and Training Plan
  • Hiring full-time staff

Our work does not end there. We need your help! we want to educate each of our beneficiaries with the right equipment and provide them the tools they need to achieve their goals. Once accredited to take part in the tourism-hotel sector, it will attract other women to improve their lives and their environment. 

Help us build a new Colon City, full of opportunities and decent work for colonenses mothers. Hundreds of homes, children and communities will be influenced by this wave of social restructuring. You can be part of this change!

Colon City view from above
Colon City view from above
Colonenses women and their children
Colonenses women and their children
Second recruitment of local women
Second recruitment of local women
Facilities center before the renovation
Facilities center before the renovation
United to change the community of Colon
United to change the community of Colon
 
   

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