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Feet First

Feet First is a very simple program - we provide children in rural, indigenous areas with shoes and socks.  
All we want to do is give these kids something that they need - a something that makes everday life just a bit easier.
To date 150 children in the villages of Altos del Valle and El Valle Abajo in Panama have received boots and socks, thanks to the support of our donors.  Please read on to find out more about the children who have benefited from this generosity, and to learn more about those who still need our help.


A pair of rubber boots seems like a very simple thing, and it is exactly that: a very essential and a very basic thing.  The children in Los Valles, as well as thousands of other children in Panama, and elsewhere, go through each day without having the simplest and most basic of their needs met.    Walking barefoot through the mud, the gravel, and even on the hot asphalt doesn't feel good and it isn't sage.  Not only are these children are at risk for running into scorpions and snakes, as well as other enviornmental hazards, but of greatest concern for the children are the parasitic infections that enter their bodies through their exposed feet.
What we can do for these children is supply them with a pair of rubber boots - the most practical footwear for them considering the heavy rains and subsequent mud they contend with on a daily basis.  
You can pick up a pair of our rubber boots and they can seem like nothing more than two pieces of rubber, but for these childern those two brightly colored pieces of rubber make an enormous difference in the quality of their young lives.

In December of 2004, Jessica Erler (Cada Nino founder) took a trip to Los Valles to personally purchase and deliver 100 pairs of boots and socks to the children of Los Valles.    In conjunction with another non-profit in the area, a marvelous Christmas party was held for the children with the boots being a well-received and much appreciated present.   The names of all the children who received boots are listed below, as well as photos of the event. 
We hope to return by January of 2006 to distribute another supply of boots to the children of Los Valles, as well as in neighboring villages.   Please contact us and let us know if you would like to receive updates on our progess with this project.







Thanks to our donors the following children received new boots and socks this past December.  Thank you for helping us help them!
Carmen Santos
Juana Abrego
Pablo Palaco
Enaro Becker
Daniel Becker
Ricardo Santos
Norberto Miranda
Juan Morales
Arsenio Becker
Vacilio Abrego
Teresa Martinez
Anna Palacio
Aureliene Abrego
Fiodelia Abrego
Ganel Esesida
Lucmilda Midi
Celestino Abrego
Angelica Palacio
Angela Miranda
Feliciano Miranda
Susanna Martinez
Adriano Santos
Miliano Morales
Apolonius Guerra
Alexander Abrego
Martin Palacio
Elvia Escalante
Justinano Morales
Marvin Palacio
Misiel Palacio
Graciela Abrego
Victor Abrego
Arcadio Escalante
Hector Abrego
Nelvin Escalante
Abelino Miranda
Yariela Tomas
Wifredo Palacio
Norcelda Morales
Joesfina Escalante
Edilma Abrego
Estella Abrego
Marina Santos
Ludalia Morales
Onel Palacio
Efrien Santos
Rolando Cerrano
Bernadino Palacio
Milena Abrego
Roselia Santos
Adelca Escalante
Juliana Escalante
Emilio Martinez
Rogelio Martinez
Kenya Martinez
Emilca Martinez
Lixcenia Martinez
Gierrmo Martinez
Elfidio Martinez
Rafael Cerrano
Angela Palacio
Claudio Sorden
Balbino Sorden
Pimentel Santos
Yuriela Escalante
Marquesa Lopez
Arcadio Esclante
Wilfredo Palacio
Bernandino Palacio
Milena Abrego
Roselia Santos
Rogelio Martinez
Adelca Escalante
Maribel Santos

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