March 7, 2009
The United States Embassy partners with Habitat for Humanity Panama in Alcalde Díaz, Panamá.
PANAMA—Barbara Stephenson, United States Ambassador to Panama, embassy staff, civic organizations and the local community came together to volunteer alongside Habitat for Humanity in Gonzalillo Sector 10, Alcalde Díaz, Panama this February.
The work was tough; it included jobs from house painting to building septic tanks. But whatever the job, the day was marked by a sense of collaboration between embassy employees, army members, civic organization representatives and the Habitat partner families who participated alongside the volunteers in the construction of their own homes. The day added a new dimension to social responsibility, complimenting the efforts of such programs that seek to reduce inadequate housing, and helping these efforts to reach wider audiences in Panama.
The President and Founder of Habitat Panama, Mrs. Matilde Méndez, thanked the Ambassador and Embassy staff deeply for their participation. Méndez pointed out that their efforts not only strengthen the working relationship between Panama and the United States, but also reinforce the relationship of person to person support, making the hope of adequate housing and an improved standard of living possible for more and more families.
By Alexis A. Pineda-Roth, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Panama.