Enlargement of the Marie Poussepin Educational Center (CEMP) facilities, which is the largest social project led in Panama by Fundación Crece Latinoamérica, began in 2003 through a partnership between Bladex, the Ministry of Education and the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation. The school is now equipped with six two-story buildings and is attended by over 600 students from pre-school through 12th grade, receiving a bilingual, quality and values education.
The Foundation also sponsors an intensive English program for graduating high school students majoring in Tourism, as well as psychological services at primary level, and supports the pre-school speech-language program.
The Hogar Divina Gracia provides shelter for at-risk teenagers living there temporarily or permanently. To ensure these young people are provided with the best environment and conditions to benefit from academic and personal development programs, the Fundación Crece Latinoamérica has invested in significant improvements to the shelter’s infrastructure, new equipment for the computer room, and refurbishing of furniture in different sections of the youth shelter. The Foundation has also helped to equip a silk screen printing workshop as a self-management project.
Well aware that student success depends to a great extent on the support received at home, Fundación Crece Latinoamérica sponsors the Parent Education Program organized by the Association of Bankers’ Wives, held at the Marie Poussepin Educational Center (CEMP). An average of 300 parents attend an eight month training every year, acquiring the necessary skill sets to positively impact the education of their children and enhance communication throughout the different developmental stages.
Contributions to sustainable development projects and improvements to boarding school students of the Centro Comunitario Virgen de Guadalupe, benefiting more than 100 families of natives and rural sectors living in El Bale, Veraguas.
The Fundación Crece Latinoamérica is committed to actively supporting the financial literacy program led by the Panama Banking Association. The program aims to provide students and teaching staff in different high schools in Panama City with updated information and useful tools to effectively manage their personal finances.