Bastimentos, Panama

Sunshine Heroes partnered with Give & Surf in Bocas del Toro, Panama to build our 8th Sunshine Children's Center! This center includes a learning center, computers, a library, health clinic, playground, and even a small skate park! This is the first & only community center and public computer lab on Bastimentos Island. Local staff combined, with support from international interns & volunteers, will lead and supervise educational programs as well as tutoring services for the 300+ children that live in the Old Bank community. The illiteracy rate is currently over 81% which we will immediately improve with our programs. The center is also the first and only American Safety & Health Institute training center in Panama. Classes will provide health and safety information to the local community, teaching them how to properly treat minor cuts and injuries and prevent infections and illnesses. The potential impact of the Sunshine Center will be over 3,000 people annually.