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Developing a Plan

GAGPAN established an office in Colon, and staffed the office with bright, intelligent salaried employees, who shared the GAGPAN dedication to the revitalization of Colon.

EMPLOYEES OF THE COLON OFFICE

GAGPAN COLON OFFICE EMPLOYEES

Over 60 wonderful volunteers immediately came forward, willing to devote their time, energy and expertise to help develop a plan for the revitalization of Colon. These volunteers formed ten committees to determine the extent of the problems in the City and the Province. The facts provided by these committees were invaluable in formulating the ARRIBA COLON! Project and establishing the goals to complete the planned revitalization of Colon.

OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS OF GENTE AYUDANDO GENTE (PANAMA)

OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS OF
GENTE AYUDANDO GENTE (PANAMA)

With the goals clearly established, GAGPAN went to work. GAGPAN utilized the power of the press by placing advertisements in the local papers to make the citizens of the entire country aware of the problems in Colon and pressed the Government for solutions.

GAGPAN formed AVEP, Amigos Voluntarios Escuelas Publicas (Friends of the public school) an organization consisting of the parents of the public school students, local businesspersons and of volunteers interested in giving their time and energy to support the schools. AVEP became a powerful volunteer organization comprised of hundreds of volunteers assisting in the improvement of the Colon Province public schools.

Today, the city of Colon is clean once again. The slums have been torn down and the disadvantaged residents relocated to new housing. Schools have been rebuilt and repaired. Parks have been restored. The Government has changed and the new Mayor of Colon is in favor of a plan for the rebuilding of downtown Colon. A new improvement loan was obtained by the Panamanian government from an international development bank for the restoration of downtown Colon.

Crime has been reduced and the city and province are now safe for tourists to visit. The cruise ships, a major source of revenue for Colon, have once again included the port of Colon in their itinerary, providing a boost to the local economy.

A new call center has been established in Colon and is providing Internet employment for those Colon residents that speak English. 

Arriba Colon! became the rallying cry that has changed the city.

The spirit of the Arriba Colon! Project is evidenced in the enthusiasm expressed by the residents as the many tasks undertaken by the Arriba Colon! Project were completed. The residents have hope and aspirations once again for a bright future.

Colon is on the way to economic recovery.

 

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