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The Indians in the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro are hunters and gatherers, operating mainly out of their cayugas (boats) and huts. Within the families the father and son eat first because they provide the food source for the family and the infants/toddlers eat last. In addition, the families drink rainwater from the roofs, which give a majority of the children dysentery due to the lack of a developed immune system. Dysentery causes the children to become seriously sick and is the cause for high child mortality rates in the Bocas del Toro region. Kimberly and Frank DeLape, being members of the board for UNICEF, are helping give these children defense against dysentery and other diseases by earmarking a three-year financial underwriting to inoculate 16,500 children in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago over the next three years. This is the first step to solving the problem.

“I am pleased to report that this week the Crocs distribution in the Bocas indigenous communities (Kankintú y Kusapín) was indeed combined with targeted vaccinations that increased vaccination among very vulnerable children. Thanks to your investment in UNICEF Panama, we are pleased to let you know that your donation s on the ground, in communities, contributing to the health and wellbeing of families. Thank so much!"
Mark Connolly
Representative/ Representative a.i. UNICEF Panama