In order for families to truly flourish, they need daily nutrition, a safe place to live, and basic medical care. When these essentials are lacking, it distracts from educational efforts and perpetuates the cycle of poverty.
Since 2008, we have served families throughout the Caisan area of Chiriqui, Panama by providing healthy meals, emergency medical and housing assistance, and school supplies for families in need.
We pay special attention to the needs of indigenous Ngobe-Bugle people who typically live in homes with dirt floors, no electricity, and inadequate water supplies. Many do not own their land. They are farm-hand tenants living in temporary structures.
As families graduate out of our assistance program and become self-sufficient, they have the opportunity to transfer services to another local family.
Manos de Fe also provides periodic medical care via mobile physicians who travel to our mission site in order to treat patients, administer medication, and provide guidance on healthy living.