Community

The Bay

La Loma is loc­ated in the com­munity of Bahia Honda, home to 30 indi­gen­ous Ngobe fam­il­ies with a total estim­ated pop­u­la­tion of close to 200. The Ngobe fam­ily homesteads of Bahia Honda are scattered around the deep man­grove bay on the lee­ward side of the island of Bas­ti­men­tos. At the heart of the com­munity is a small primary school with 50 or so students.

Bocas Del Toro’s spec­tac­u­lar beaches and lush trop­ical land­scapes have in recent years caught the atten­tion of the tour­ist industry and for­eign investors. Although tour­ism has to some extent provided employ­ment for the local pop­u­la­tion, the growth of the industry has also con­trib­uted to a dra­matic rise in the cost of liv­ing and posed many other chal­lenges to the Ngobe people’s way of life.  There has been little improve­ment in basic san­it­a­tion, access to clean water, qual­ity edu­ca­tion and med­ical care.

We’re deeply com­mit­ted to work­ing with the Bahia Honda com­munity to improve the lives of all who live here. In addi­tion to oper­at­ing a socially respons­ible busi­ness, over the past 9 years we’ve worked col­lab­or­at­ively with res­id­ents to estab­lish a num­ber of com­munity devel­op­ment pro­jects. Through edu­ca­tion, envir­on­mental aware­ness, heath, cul­tural pride and income gen­er­a­tion pro­grammes we hope to help empower people to over­come the many obstacles that they face.

In 2011 com­munity work in Bahia Honda received a huge boost as we partnered with two new non profit organ­isa­tions. Edu­ca­tion is Power, a found­a­tion estab­lished spe­cific­ally to fun­draise for edu­ca­tional pro­grammes in Bahia Honda and Give and Surf, who recruit volun­teers to work on the ground to deliver many of the projects.

Many La Loma guests donate gen­er­ously to the Bahia Honda com­munity as do oth­ers who have not yet vis­ited Panama but have heard about our pro­jects. Through these gifts and through the help of grant giv­ing bod­ies Bahia Honda now has:

If you’d like to sup­port Bahia Honda you can make a text-deductable dona­tion online.

We are proud mem­bers of Pack for a Pur­pose, an ini­ti­at­ive that allows trav­el­ers like you to make a last­ing impact in the com­munity at your travel des­tin­a­tion. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suit­case and bring sup­plies for area schools or med­ical clin­ics in need, you’ll make a price­less impact in the lives of our local chil­dren and fam­il­ies. Please click here to see what sup­plies are needed for our project/projects. 

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