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    Marie McMahon
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    Live and/or work in Chiriqui
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    Outside of Panama
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  1. LOL! Wonder how many votes he'll get with this trick on his resume?
  2. I am one of those who moved because of the cost of a pensionado. I moved to Medellin like a lot of folks who are leaving chiriqui. A brand new 1 bedroom condo can be had for $35K U.S. in Sabaneta. Larger units are equally as cheap. Like Boquete, Medellin is in a valley so land is not cheap and lots are small. Unlike Boquete there are 2 million people here and, if you stay away from trendy expat areas like Poblado, you can stretch your dollar pretty far. I never had a chance of owning a home in Chiriqui but, if I choose, home ownership here is a lot less expensive. Like the previous comment about Chiriqui, I may spend the rest of my life here. Love it! Highly recommend it!
  3. Dra Chely helped me end my 18 year old cat Jakes life as well and we both cried. She is a true animal lover and is compassionate beyond compare. Bless her heart.
  4. "Clumping" is important to we cat people! All contained in one place, just lift the clump and continue with your day rather than spending a half hour or more looking for the "bombs" in the yard or picking up steamies on a walk. LOL
  5. I love the pictures with the smiley faced children of Casa Esperanza and find it hard to believe that only 15 people put that event together for these children. Putting all the other societal issues aside, my focus when I lived in Boquete was the children. The children are the most affected by their parents poverty and giving them "options" as they mature is one of the focuses of Casa Esperanza. I now live in Medellin because the cost of pensionado was too much for me to afford and border hopping became a no-no. I miss the children of Casa, their unaffected attitudes made me smile.
  6. Casa Esperanza is a Panama wide organization funded partially by corporations that supports the children of the local farm workers for free. They pick the children up, take them to school, feed them two meals a day (many times this is all the food they get) and take them home. In addition, they help with homework, teach English and provide arts and crafts and sports to occupy their days. They even have volunteers who teach music. Education is the focus. Roughly 250 children ages 4 to 18 enroll every year. Each Casa has to rely on the community to fill the gaps of their funding. There are many volunteers who work with the children but money and food is desperately needed. If you have a bumper crop of anything please consider dropping it off at their facility in Boquete, left at Multi Bank, 2 stop signs and on the right partway up the hill. This is a wonderful and safe organization run by local Panamanians that deserve all the help they can get. There are other charities in Boquete that also help the indigenous where they can with food and a lot of churches adopt families to help them get by. I know of individuals who have adopted families and unselfishly provide what assistance they can. God bless them all.
  7. I often wondered if a rape crisis center would change anything in Boquete. Something affiliated with the police and the government offices. When I spoke to others about this when I was there they suggested I would be putting a target on my back.
  8. I had the pleasure of meeting him when he was in Boquete. A very intelligent and informed individual whose dedication was evident I think to everyone in the room. I wish him the best.
  9. Are prescription drugs still being held up by customs in Panama? I had trouble getting my blood pressure medication because of their scrutiny for "fake drugs" when I lived there. Is this still an ongoing issue?
  10. Some drones do not contain cameras. I bought one for my Grandson. Real estate companies are now using drones to video properties for sale from the air as well. The big question is, how does one tell if the drone is harmless or is scoping out your property for a break in?
  11. From another front, I learned of these alleged abuses through my work with Casa Esperanza. Those Panamanians who work closely with these children are well aware of this man's actions and the allegations made against him in Panama. The Panamanian police have done nothing and the abuse continued because of their inaction! As in most child abuse cases, fear is the controlling factor the abuser uses to keep the victim from talking. Loss of employment by the families was a major player in this persons play book as I understand it. While there are those that say this kind of abuse is a societal issue among the indigenous, no child should ever be subjected to this kind of torture and any person committing crimes against children should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law in my opinion.
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