A DANZAREA's family, receiving their food bags
Dear sponsors and supporters:
Since our last report on May 5th, the situation in our country and in the world continues to evolve. We are experiencing uncertainty and do not know what to expect for the future. Nonetheless, we continue to address the needs related to education and health which in some cases remain the same, and in other cases have worsened.
In Panama, we have faced a strict lockdown for the last 6 months, and we are just beginning to see some ease. Businesses prepare for reopening with some limitations and strict sanitation requirements, in September.
However, this new flexibilization does not allow us to resume physical contact with our children. We continue working to find and maintain the connection with our beneficiaries remotely and securely. The situation for many has not improved, as many parents have lost their sources of income, and the economic recovery of our country (and of the entire world) will take some time. While we await for a recovery, we continue to provide them with humanitarian aid, in the form of food bags and supermarket vouchers so that our families can survive this crisis in the most dignified way possible. To this date, we have delivered 193 bags of food and 85 supermarket vouchers.
The conversion of our dance classes to virtual format has been difficult due to the lack of internet access, and/or adequate electronic equipment (hardware). To solve this problem, soon we will be launching a microproject to provide tablets and monthly internet contracts to those beneficiaries who do not have them, so they can continue to participate in DANZÁREA, to attend school and to complete their school assignments remotely.
We still count on your support to keep our operation running and our children learning and making the best of this situation through our dance program. DANZÁREA has not and will not stop!
Thank you again!