>


Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/christia/public_html/plugins/content/slideshare25/slideshare25.php on line 75

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/christia/public_html/plugins/content/slideshare25/slideshare25.php on line 76

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/christia/public_html/plugins/content/slideshare25/slideshare25.php on line 75

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/christia/public_html/plugins/content/slideshare25/slideshare25.php on line 76

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/christia/public_html/plugins/content/slideshare25/slideshare25.php on line 75

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/christia/public_html/plugins/content/slideshare25/slideshare25.php on line 76

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/christia/public_html/plugins/content/slideshare25/slideshare25.php on line 75

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/christia/public_html/plugins/content/slideshare25/slideshare25.php on line 76

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/christia/public_html/plugins/content/slideshare25/slideshare25.php on line 75

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/christia/public_html/plugins/content/slideshare25/slideshare25.php on line 76

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/christia/public_html/plugins/content/slideshare25/slideshare25.php on line 75

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/christia/public_html/plugins/content/slideshare25/slideshare25.php on line 76

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/christia/public_html/plugins/content/slideshare25/slideshare25.php on line 75

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/christia/public_html/plugins/content/slideshare25/slideshare25.php on line 76

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/christia/public_html/plugins/content/slideshare25/slideshare25.php on line 75

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/christia/public_html/plugins/content/slideshare25/slideshare25.php on line 76
Super User

Super User

Curabitur ultrices commodo magna, ac semper risus molestie vestibulum. Aenean commodo nibh non dui adipiscing rhoncus.

camp1

camp2

A majority of the youth in the ‘interior’ of Panama are extremely poor and have next to ‘no’ resources to develop a decent life for themselves.

A large percentage of the youth grow up with single mothers and don’t have a father figure to teach them important life lessons on how to achieve, how to excel, how to properly interact with others.

The rural schools typically are granted an annual budget per student of $20!  That’s no typo!  $20 per year per student!!

That has to cover school building repairs, books, food, teachers, sanitation, supplies, etc. Let’s just say the schools don’t offer much of anything and thus the dropout rate is very, very high.

So here we are.  We’re here with thousands and thousands of kids, many who have: no father figure,  no economic resources, they live with a desperately poor mother who needs help herself.

They have little to no discipline, no organised activities offering leadership and mentoring, little to no positive school influence.  The need is obvious and a bit overwhelming.  What can we do?

PCF has a solution.  Find out now and download our PCF Camp Scholarship Program in the PDF document in the link below.

 

 

 

 

Projects

23 May 2014
Selecting projects to commit to is always a delicate proposition. The needs far exceed our capabilities as a singular organisation. This is why we continually seek to develop alliances and relationships with other groups. In the event that we are presented with worthy projects which exceed our own capabilities to manage (which is often the case), we can spearhead an effort to bring together resources and ‘know how’, from private companies and other groups such as foundations, mission groups and various other private sources and sometimes even government. Once the ‘know how’ and materials are available, then the ‘funding’ issue comes up. This is where we draw on the business experience of the PCF Executive Team to try and come up with sound, yet creative methods of generating the necessary capital to accomplish the goals. Your support is so important on this issue, not only in making a donation or contribution, but in helping us spread the word to others who are in a position to participate as well. 
 
As we try to grow and expand our capabilities, our fundamental effort in this regard is to establish a growing base of monthly supporters who can contribute $25, $50 $100 a month or more.

Perhaps you know business owners or executives who would consider participating in our CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP program to help us build this base, and make a real difference in peoples’ lives here.

We are all God’s children and God knows no borders! Help us spread the word! Below are some of the projects currently underway or coming soon!
 
La Cresta Church

PCF was the primary contributor to help Pastor Domingo build his new church in La Cresta, Panama which is just outside of Chame (near Playa Coronado). We helped provide the funds and manpower to lay the foundation, put up the frame and roof and give the fine people in La Cresta a new house of worship. See photos above.
 
Espave School Clean Up

The public school of Espave asked us to assist in a ‘clean up’ day. We just so happened to have a mission team of students visiting from the states. Our team spent the day paining, cleaning up, cooking lunch for all the kids, and doing some landscaping outside to plant a variety of flowers and bushes. The students of the school participated and everyone took great pride in their ‘new school’ when the beautification was complete!
 
Bejuco Sports Complex
The FC PCF practices and helps administer the sports complex in Bejuco. We routinely bring in specially prepared trash cans, bring in volunteers to pick up litter, keep the outdoor basketball court scrubbed down so it’s clean and a wide variety of maintenance duties.

Christmas Joy Campaign
Every year we start collecting clothes and toys for the poor families in the area and we bring those with us to our planned Christmas parties in the local schools. Last year we did 3 big events. One each in: Filipina, Manglarito and Rio Bajo in our area. Each of these schools is in a remote mountain area and are very, very poor.
 
Sports Scholarship Program
This year we are embarking on a very aggressive program to provide scholarships to poor kids in the interior of Panama. The scholarship will allow the selected student athletes to attend our camp facilities and live there for 5 days a week where they will get quality education, futbol practice, medical and all necessary services, plus play in a competitive league and be an example of the ‘PCF SEARCH FOR EXCELLENCE’ in our youth!

Handicapped Assistance
Sadly, we have had to turn down several requests to come to the aid of accident victims or victims of disease who are not able to go out and work. Given enough resources, we would like to teach these people how to use the internet to help develop and support the PCF programs where they could earn a living for themselves from home. We will need help to support this. 
Rainy Season Roofing Projects
If you don’t live in Panama, you would be shocked at the condition of many of the ‘homes’ people live in here. The rainy season brings some heavy rain and when it leaks into your home where you can’t keep things dry, well, think about how you would feel.

From experience, it would be a safe bet to say that nearly 20% of all homes in the rural areas have some serious problems when it comes to keeping out the rain. Usually, the roof is nothing more than corrugated zinc sheets nailed to a wood or concrete block structure. Many local people build their own homes as they can afford it, concrete block by concrete block, 1, 5, 10 at a time. Thus, professional building standards and code simply don’t exist for private housing in the rural areas.
We will need to develop a special fund for this activity. We have the contractors ready to give us special rate to do this kind of work.
 

Sports

23 May 2014
 
Panama has a passion for ‘futbol’! PCF has a passion for Panama. Therefore the equation is simple: PCF + Futbol = Panama! Or put another way, through sports of all kinds, we can reach the youth and give them support, guidance, discipline and an organised program which they can benefit from.
 
Crime is a serious problem in Panama and is growing. The simple fact is, that in the interior of Panama, there are few, if any, resources to give these kids something constructive to do! There is literally nothing for them to do other than get caught up in gangs and criminal activity. It’s a serious socio-economic problem.
 
PCF is not going to change the situation. But, with whatever resources we can muster, we can build programs, teams, coaching, adult leadership and mentoring and get involved in the lives of the few kids we can touch and work with. We measure success not across the board, but one precious soul at a time. One by one.
 
PCF currently has full time coaches working with teams at several levels and age brackets. Our Futbol Club (FC) PCF is a well organised team which is responding very well to our instruction and guidance. FC PCF is registered in the national sports association PanDeportes.
 
 
We’ve had to dismiss three of our best players already this year because they could not conform to our code of conduct and value system. Our value system and ‘the team’ are more valuable than the ego of any single player with a bad attitude or conduct. This is one of many important messages our players are learning. Those dismissed players have been replaced and are now coming back asking for reinstatement with a little more humility and willingness to live by our values which we do not compromise for any player. Message received.
 
In addition to FC PCF, we hold an ongoing Soccer Camp for kids from ages 3 to 15 and are developing players and teams in the age groups of 15 and under and 13 and under.
 
This year we are initiating our SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM whereby we will arrange for living quarters, education, medical services, practice facilities, coaching and organised league play in one central ‘camp’. We will seek scholarship candidates who excel in school and in sports from the interior of Panama where resources and opportunities simply do not exist. We will bring in selected scholarship recipients to live in the camp 5 days a week where we will work with them for school and practice 24 hours a day. The scholarship will provide for transportation back home once a week to spend time with family.
 
We feel that this will be a tremendously important program which will shape the lives of all who participate. We need your help! Please consider being a monthly partner with us on this project.
 
We have several videos of our ‘futbol’ team on the PCF Panama YouTube channel. You might enjoy them! 
Will you help us? We realise not everyone has financial means to support. But you can help by joining our Facebook page and sharing our activity there. Help us spread the word with the people and groups you know. There is a lot you can do in addition to helping with finances. If you can however, support us with $25 a month or more, please do. Click Here
 

Contribute

19 May 2014

<p>How to Contribute</p>
<p>First, any small donation is a BIG help! If you could make a small monthly recurring donation that we could count on every month, that is a HUGE PLUS! You can do that on the DONATE page.</p>
<p>Aside from financial donations, there are IMPORTANT things you can do to help us and be a part of our WINNING TEAM ! Here are some things YOU CAN DO:</p>
<p>1… Join us on Facebook, share our posts, post a review on our homepage, help us spread the word! <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pcfworldmission">www.facebook.com/pcfworldmission</a></p>
<p>2… Download our Free Report: ‘MISSION: PANAMA’ and send it to your pastor, people you know in church, friends, neighbours and others who have a good heart. Present this report to your church as an important outreach program that could be a ‘win-win’ situation for all involved.</p>
<p>3… Introduce us to business owners and executives. We could negotiate an attractive package for them to achieve their ‘Social Responsibility’ goals and get some good exposure to improve their corporate image.</p>
<p>4… If you live in Panama we would love to talk to you about volunteering for one or more of our projects.</p>
<p>5… We accept donations of certain usable goods which we can distribute to needy families: • non-perishable food • clean clothes, folded and organised by size (marked) • household furnishings and small appliances • books and learning materials • over the counter medical supplies and equipment in good condition • used electronics in good condition i.e. computers, printers, phone systems.</p>
<p>Thank you so much for considering us! We are building an international team of like minded supporters and we are thrilled to welcome you to OUR PCF TEAM !</p>

Donate

10 May 2014

You Can Make a Donation Here

Our donation button below allows you to easily use your credit or debit card to support PCF and the Panamanian people we serve! You can rest assured that your donation is used directly for the purposes intended. If you have any doubts, you are welcome to visit us anytime and see the work we do, first hand! The payment system allows you to select the amount of donation you wish to make. You can make it ‘one time only’ or a ‘recurring’ payment every month. Of course we sincerely appreciate ‘anything’ you can do. But if you could make a ‘monthly recurring’ donation, this allows us to budget a ‘base of support’ every month and build on it to expand our operations to reach more and more people each and every month. This would be a HUGE PLUS for us if you could do it.

For each donation of $25 or more, as our thanks we’d like to send you a PCF TEAM SPONSOR T-shirt. So select the design of your choice below, give us your:

• name • shirt size
• mailing address • email address

 

…in the ‘comments’ section when completing your donation and we’ll get it to you ASAP!

 

Yes! I will help!

 

How to Contribute

First, any small donation is a BIG help! If you could make a small monthly recurring donation that we could count on every month, that is a HUGE PLUS! You can do that on the DONATE page.

Aside from financial donations, there are IMPORTANT things you can do to help us and be a part of our WINNING TEAM ! Here are some things YOU CAN DO:

1… Join us on Facebook, share our posts, post a review on our homepage, help us spread the word! www.facebook.com/pcfworldmission

2… Download our Free Report: ‘MISSION: PANAMA’ and send it to your pastor, people you know in church, friends, neighbours and others who have a good heart. Present this report to your church as an important outreach program that could be a ‘win-win’ situation for all involved.

3… Introduce us to business owners and executives. We could negotiate an attractive package for them to achieve their ‘Social Responsibility’ goals and get some good exposure to improve their corporate image.

4… If you live in Panama we would love to talk to you about volunteering for one or more of our projects.

5… We accept donations of certain usable goods which we can distribute to needy families: • non-perishable food • clean clothes, folded and organised by size (marked) • household furnishings and small appliances • books and learning materials • over the counter medical supplies and equipment in good condition • used electronics in good condition i.e. computers, printers, phone systems.

Thank you so much for considering us! We are building an international team of like minded supporters and we are thrilled to welcome you to OUR PCF TEAM !

Education

05 May 2014
When you discover that in the rural schools the ANNUAL budget per student FOR ALL SERVICES AND MATERIALS is $20 (no, that’s not a typo!), it’s a pretty safe bet to say that there are ‘some gaps’ in the educational opportunities in Panama. Nowhere does this reflect more glaringly than in the job market. Employers everywhere are simply fit to be tied as they try to deal with not only cultural challenges but equally and often more so, serious educational deficiencies. Numerous large companies have passed Panama up as a regional headquarters in Latin America because of this. The lost job opportunities are innumerable. Yet the Panama economy is one of the most stable and fastest growing in the world. The educational gap has forced the government to create incentives to bring in foreign workers through some very attractive and easily obtainable immigration programs geared to foreigners.  
 
 
What this means, is that the Panamanians are being left behind in the growing economy and the cycle of poverty continues unabated. There is no greater need in Panama than sound education. PCF is working to fill the gap. Here are some of the programs we are currently offering:
- The PCF ‘Professionalism’ course
- English classes for all levels
- Spanish classes for foreigners
- Music and Art classes
- Panama History
- Customer Service
- Job training
- More, see below… 
PCF is also working in alliance with the educational training foundation called FUNDADER and INADEH which is a national government job training organisation. Through our relationships with these organisations, which are already well founded in their educational resources, we can use our training facility for them to use as an ‘annex’ for their programs and give them a better reach to our local people. It also gives our local people better access to more educational opportunities.
Regarding the PCF PROFESSIONALISM COURSE:
We find that the biggest reason for ‘culture clash’ between foreign born and educated employers and the local labor force is due to a serious lack of training in basic values and work ethic. Without a common value system between employer and employee, the only possible result is conflict and disappointment which is not good for a ‘career’ of advancement, nor is it good for productivity in any business.
 
The PCF PROFESSIONALISM course is taught in three, 2 hour sessions. In these sessions we drill on how the employee needs to ‘Add Value’ to his employer by demonstrating through his behavior and performance that his values include:
- Responsibility
- How to properly show respect to others as well as oneself
- Punctuality
- Team Player
- Good Listener
- Can follow instructions
- Does more than expected, whatever is needed, not just what he is asked to do.
- How a ‘Professional’ is different from anybody on the street
- How to set goals, mark progress, make adjustments and succeed
- How to present oneself properly
- Professional etiquette
- Keeping himself organised
- How to prepare a proper Resume (C.V.) and business card
- How to conduct an interview
- and much more….

 

PCF offers a certificate to graduates of the class. If they are late to one class, they have to repeat the entire session to get the certificate. If they miss a session, they have to start over from the beginning to get the certificate. With the certificate, employers know that this person has achieved something above the ordinary and this in itself sets the candidate apart from others who may be competing for the job.

Once in the job, the values instilled will hopefully bear fruit and lead to a happy and productive employer/employee relationship. As you might imagine, this is not ‘light duty’. It requires infrastructure, staff and facilities to maintain not to mention high energy to lead and initiate. To succeed in this effort we are seeking corporate sponsorships to allow us to build on the base of operations which is already established.

You can help Panamanians move forward and benefit from the growing economy with enhanced education for life! Be a part! Look at our Corporate Sponsorship opportunities. Click Here