U.S. Military, Panamanian Agencies and NGOs Donate and Deliver Aid to Panama
By Dialogo July 18, 2013
SOUTHCOM’s Partnering Directorate and Panama-based Civil Affairs soldiers collaborated with the Rotary Club in Panama City, Panama, and Rotary District 6080 in Missouri to provide 270 BIO-Sand water filtration systems, 10 pallets of wheelchairs, and five pallets of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing to the people of Panama.
The donation was valued at more than $34,000 and was part of a Rotary project that began more than three years ago to provide much-needed aid to communities throughout Panama.
SOUTHCOM, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency and the Civil Affairs Team were able to facilitate air transport through the DENTON Program from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, to Panama. The purpose of the Denton Program is to allow U.S. based non-governmental sources to transport humanitarian aid at little or no cost to the donor.
The Missouri National Guard, the State Partnership Program partner for Panama, provided ground transportation from the Rotary Club’s warehouse in Jefferson City, Missouri, to Whiteman Air Force Base.