Coiba Dive Center enjoys the privilege of waking up early Christmas morning with a true purpose and intention.

Our dedication to the children in the island village of Bahia Honda, Panama launched December 25th, 2009.

This inaugural visit was made possible by one selfless person who visited the secluded area earlier that same year. During her brief encounter with the happy yet isolated children at the local pier she (Karen) decided to do something truly extraordinary.

Karen offered to devote her Christmas shopping budget for that year to the children of Bahia Honda. Little did we realize that her gesture would grab hold of many other thoughtful people and now a Christmas morning “Santa Boat” loaded up with small gifts, balloons, snacks, juice and of course candy for over 100 children is headed to Bahia Honda. This is a part of Coiba Dive Centers yearly calendar.

Coiba Dive Center now receives contributions from clients, vendors, local businesses, foreign businesses, friends, family members and of course, Karen (Mom).

Sadly, earlier this year we lost a very special person and a yearly participant in our efforts to make a difference.

Michelle Massingham couldn’t have realized that a short hand-written note and a few photos as a Christmas gift in 2009 from her in-laws would truly be “life changing” shortly after her life continues in spirit.

Michelle’s love for children and her passion for education is about to change the life and future of Yasuris Yaneth Espinosa Calles.

Yasuriswill be graduating grade eight this year with honors. For most children in this area this means graduating. Period.

There is no high school, there is no prom, there is no university, there is no more “formal education”.

The Michelle Massingham Education Award was created by her Husband Gary, along with her three Boys Curtis, Christopher and Adam.

Due to Michelle’s character and sense of giving, it didn’t take long for the fund to take off. Many of the early contributions came from the kids in her neighborhood wanting to do something in memory of a person that did so much for them.

So, on Christmas morning Yasuris will receive her lifechanging news. She’s going to High School.

Books, uniforms, food, laptop computer, transportation to visit Bahia Honda, a small allowance and any other related expenses will be covered by this award.

Fortunately, a comfortable home and a lot of love will be available to her by her Aunt who lives on the mainland close to her new school.

We are confident that she will excel on this new adventure and hope to help see her through all four years and possibly further.

A special Christmas morning for over 100 children and help change the life and future of a deserving young girl.

Join us and

 Thanks to C & E Mechanical Canada for their very generous corporate gift to the KIDS.

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