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Celebrating Students… Preparing for Transitions

Hundreds of students have received aid for school expenses over the past 20 years in two Indigenous areas of Panama: Ngäbe Buglé of the Veraguas Province and Wounaan of Darien and east Panama. Thanks to loyal, generous donors and Native Future, local organizations have been strengthened by awarding family members new opportunities through scholarships.

No one questions the value of an education. Learning a skill, a trade, computer technology, earning a high school or university diploma is critical in this fast-changing world. It’s especially true for Indigenous youth from regions that struggle to sustain their families  and therefore must  engage with the ‘outside’ world to earn a living. More students are completing high school now that the Panamanian government has increased efforts to support rural students through the 12 years.  So, where can our help count most?

Franklin Valdes, 3rd from left front row, with fellow graduates, begins his practicum in Medical Records, Health Statistics at a Santiago hospital in June 2024.

With inequality and poverty prevailing in these regions  college was just a dream in the past. Today, advanced education is not only an option, but a necessity. We’re proud to support students to earn their degrees, even though the numbers of eligible students exceed our small program. 

As always, it is only through your generosity that we can help make this happen.

Roxana Valdes is a 2nd year student at the Univ of Pan in Santiago studying business admin and accounting. She works weekends as a waitress.

Franklin, Benilda, Rolando, Fidelina, 4 of 10 El Jacinto univerisity students who met with NF Ed Coordinator, Sara Archbald in February. Five will graduate this year prepared for various careers.


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