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Hogar Trisker is an orphanage for the neediest of Panama’s children.  The facility is only partially funded by the Panamanian government, and is in serious need of repairs.  Hogar Trisker cares for approximately 50 children ranging in age from newborn to 17.

The Boquete Rotary Club (Club Rotario de Boquete) has decided to support this facility to address some emergency needs. The septic system is damaged and despite regular pumping, overflows around the building and play areas causing unsanitary conditions.  The water system is not safe, and multiple children and staff have been sickened by the contaminated drinking water system.  Much of the plumbing in the building is broken.

Can you help? Rotary will be collecting donations at our table in the Tuesday BCP market. Alternatively, you can make your donation at Global Bank by depositing you donation to the club’s account:

Club Rotario de Boquete, Checking Account Number 16-101-23176-2

Please let us know of your donation so that we can say thanks by emailing me at laura.daniel@gmail.com

Rotary is dedicated to serving our community.  Thank you for helping us help those in need!

Kind regards,

Laura Daniel, Vice President, Club Rotario de Boquete

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It's a common mistake to call Hogar Trisker an "orphanage". It isn't an orphanage and the children housed there are not up for adoption. It's a home for neglected and abused children and for some runaways. The really sad thing is the number of very young girls there who are pregnant or have just given birth. There are facilities there for babies. Their goal is to return the children to their families when conditions improve.

Having said that, they are always in need of help to make the conditions sanitary and to provide healthy food to the children housed there.

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There are 53 Homes for kids in crisis across the country, which are regulated but not managed by, the Secretariat for Children.

Casas Hogares

Supervision and Monitoring of Homes

The main objective of this program is to ensure that children and adolescents under the age of 18 years, who are deprived of living in their family environment and are in institutions for the protection or shelters throughout the national territory, should have equality of conditions and in full enjoyment of their human rights, as long as the exceptional measure.

According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the State must ensure their compliance with the rights of children and adolescents who are temporarily or permanently deprived of their family environment.

The Law No. 14 of the 23 of January of 2009, which established the National Secretariat of Childhood, Adolescence and Family, between their functions to monitor and evaluate the quality in social programs and services aimed at children, and adolescents carried out by public and private entities, as well as its commitment to respect for human rights.

Through Executive Decree No.26 of 21 April 2009, lays down rules to regulate the opening and supervision of hostels for boys, girls and adolescents.

To meet the objective proposed in this program must perform regular tours to the different shelters at the national level, with the aim of:

  • Coordinating and monitoring to the shelters to observe conditions in children and adolescents, on the premises, furnishings, human resource that provides its services in the Shelters, in accordance with quality standards, through the implementation of strategies supported by Executive Decree no.26 of 21 April 2009.
  • The register of authorised by the administrative authority.
  • To keep the record of boys, girls and adolescents in shelters and update them constantly.
  • Provide to the shelters professional advice on legal, psychological and social work to
  • promote and coordinate ongoing training courses and update on human rights of children and adolescents for all staff in the Shelters, in compliance with the established in the first chapter of Executive Decree No. 26 of 21 April 2009 to
  • coordinate with governmental institutions the implementation of the enforcement of the rights to basic services for children and adolescents.
  • Approve the internal rules of operation and care.
  • Perform the functions that these or other legal norms may assign to it.

Casas Hogares

  • Supervisión y Monitoreo de Casas Hogares

El objetivo principal de este programa es garantizar que los niños, niñas y adolescentes menores de 18 años, que se encuentren privados de convivir en su medio familiar y se encuentren en instituciones de protección o albergues en todo el territorio nacional, gocen de igualdad de condiciones y en pleno goce de sus derechos humanos, mientras persista la medida excepcional.

De acuerdo a la Convención sobre los Derechos del Niño, el Estado debe garantizar su cumplimiento de los derechos de los niños, niñas y adolescentes que estén privados permanente o temporalmente de su medio familiar.

La Ley No. 14 del 23 de enero de 2009, por la cual se crea la Secretaría Nacional de Niñez, Adolescencia y Familia, establece entre sus funciones la de supervisar y evaluar la calidad en los programas y servicios sociales dirigidos a la niñez, y la adolescencia ejecutados por entidades públicas y privadas, así como su apego al respeto por los derechos humanos.

Mediante el Decreto Ejecutivo No.26 del 21 de abril de 2009, se dictan normas para regular la apertura y supervisión de los albergues para niños, niñas y adolescentes.

Para cumplir con el objetivo propuesto en este programa se deben realizar giras periódicas a los diferentes albergues a nivel nacional, con la finalidad de:

  • Coordinar y realizar supervisiones a los albergues para observar las condiciones en que se encuentran los niños, niñas y adolescentes, de las instalaciones, mobiliarios, recurso humano que presta sus servicios en los albergues, siguiendo estándares de calidad, a través del cumplimiento de estrategias respaldadas mediante Decreto Ejecutivo N.26 del 21 de abril de 2009.
  • Llevar el registro de los albergues autorizados por la Autoridad Administrativa.
  • Llevar el registro de niños, niñas y adolescentes en albergues y actualizarlos constantemente.
  • Proporcionar a los albergues asesoría profesional en materia jurídica, psicológica y de trabajo social
  • Promover y coordinar cursos permanentes de capacitación y actualización en derechos humanos de niños, niñas y adolescentes para todo el personal en los albergues cumpliendo con lo establecido en el capítulo primero del Decreto Ejecutivo N. 26 del 21 de abril de 2009
  • Coordinar con instituciones gubernamentales la ejecución del cumplimiento de los derechos a los servicios básicos de los niños, niñas y adolescentes.
  • Aprobar el reglamento interno de funcionamiento y atención.
  • Realizar las funciones que éstas u otras normas legales le asigne.


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2 hours ago, Keith Woolford said:

There are 53 Homes for kids in crisis across the country, which are regulated but not managed by, the Secretariat for Children.

I don't know what this means. Does the government provide funding for these homes or only regulate them? If the government doesn't manage them, who does?

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Some Casa Hogares are run by charities, others by different branches of government. This legislation would seem to seek to regulate them.

"to monitor and evaluate the quality in social programs and services aimed at children, and adolescents carried out by public and private entities, as well as its commitment to respect for human rights.

In practice, it's got to be pretty hard to force a charitable organization that is already doing good work to make improvements, so I can see where there could be a need for additional help from other organizations.

There are 8 refuges in Chiriqui and 2 in Bocas province.

The Centro de Rehabilitation Arturo Miro is one of them. It's presumably administered by some Department of Juvenile Corrections.

Nutre Hogar, which has been discussed here before, is another.

One of the homes in David is run by Aldeas SOS, a well funded and  managed organization using a family model.  Kids in crisis who end up there are fortunate, imo.  We lived adjacent to one in Costa Rica and I was significantly impressed.



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Thank you, Keith. It always concerns me when we are asked to support programs that are the responsibility of the government. That's a slippery slope. However, if there are particular needs for these needy facilities, I found when I was a director of Bid 4 Boquete, that it's best to fund projects rather than just make monetary donations. As I understand the message from Rotary, that 's what they intend to do. I would appreciate reassurance of this.

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