The OfferUp partner team, HKT, recently completed a life-changing community event over in Colon, Panama back in July, where they helped out at an all-girls orphanage. We're here to highlight this amazing event we took part in.
"On July 12, following our 2nd quarterly business review with our partner HKT in Colon, Panama, we had the pleasure of kicking-off our first community outreach activity by visiting an all-girls orphanage in an underprivileged area of Colon. What a rewarding experience for all involved, filled with emotions and sentiment! The OfferUp team along with HKT management and representatives for all lines of support (Care, Social, Escalations, Payments, and Autos) made a trip to personally deliver team donated dry foods and goods.
‘Hogar San Vicente de Paul’ located on bustling and hectic central avenue, is home to 32 girls from all parts of Panama. From the outside, the two-story building is nondescript, a bit weathered from the persistent rains, but once inside the transformation takes over as we enter a home.
On our arrival, we were greeted with warm but initially nervous smiles and energy of girls of all ages from 4 to 17, who were excitedly running from class from the adjacent school to the commons mess hall.
Initial introductions were stiff and awkward until we commenced our first icebreaker, MONGO MONGO, which is similar to musical chairs and it was a total success! The laughter, giggles, and smiles reverberated the now small room. We continued to play two more games, followed a visit to their computer lab. We took note of everything that was needed and promised to return.
The visit to the orphanage was a fulfilling experience for all, but also valuable lessons and leaving us with a great desire to come back."
This blog was written by our Senior Partner Manager, Johnny, who is pictured above (front row on the right in the first pic!) and had the opportunity to take part in this activity.
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