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.More images More images More images More images More images More images More images More images More images More images More images More images More images More images More images More images More images More images