Alberto: Paralyzed, 9 Kids, No Income

 
Raised: $1,255.00
Goal: $5,000.00
 
 
 

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For 10 years, Alberto Chiré, 42, a member of the Ngöbe-Buglé ethnic group indigenous to Panama, worked as a jardinero (gardener) for a ritzy B&B catering to foreigners in Boquete, Panama... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by Taira Midori 5 months ago

Alberto wants to thank his supporters for their generous donations. You have all made a BIG difference in his life already. For those of us who've never known true hardship or need, it's difficult to fully appreciate how much a few dollars mean to Alberto and his family. A hundred dollars is the difference between borderline malnutrition and something approaching a healthy diet for the entire family for a month. Even $10 or $20 helps, so please help if you're in a position to do so. Thank you!

 

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Updated posted by Taira Midori 5 months ago

Hola, friends of Alberto! Gracias, Dave and Nancy, for your recent gift of $100! And many, many thanks to everyone who's donated. Alberto's father is going to use $150 of the $545 given so far to make habitable the shelter seen below. Yes, I know. Hard to believe that amount of money will be enough, but if Alberto takes residence there, he'll be right beside the road--instead of 250 yards up a rugged, often impassable trail--and Boquete's own Dr. Chen can make housecalls. And, critically, in case of emergency, Alberto's family won't have to attempt carrying him downhill in the dark or in the rain (or both) with his life on the line. Dioselinda, Alberto's wife will be in near-constant attendance, along with one or more of their children and/or extended family. If you haven't yet donated, please consider doing so. The $150 will be enough to buy new sheet metal for the roof and patch the walls, but not much more.

 

Alberto's father Samuel locking shelter.

Holes in roof of shelter.

Dilapidated walls, dirt floor.

 
 

Updated posted by Taira Midori 6 months ago

¡Increíble! Many generous, caring people have so far donated a total of $445! We couldn't be more pleased, since this means Alberto and his family can eat a little better, send all the kids to school this month and next, and buy much-needed shoes, medicines, etc. You've all made a HUGE difference in Alberto's quality of life and that of his family. We will soon post a video of him thanking everyone by name. For this post, I've included a picture of Esilda, Alberto's suegra (mother-in-law). We'll gradually introduce Alberto's entire family via these posts. Thanks, everyone!

 

Esilda, suegra de Alberto

 
 
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Created by Taira Midori on October 2, 2013

For 10 years, Alberto Chiré, 42, a member of the Ngöbe-Buglé ethnic group indigenous to Panama, worked as a jardinero (gardener) for a ritzy B&B catering to foreigners in Boquete, Panama. On November 7, 2012, he fell from a tree and was paralyzed from the chest down. Now he cannot control his bladder and must wear diapers. His feet are swollen and purplish, and he needs to see a doctor frequently, which entails being carried in a hammock down a nearly impassable 45- to 60-degree mud-and-rock trail to the main road.

Alberto, his wife Dioselinda, and their nine children live in a leaky hovel made of wood scraps, corrugated sheet metal, and plastic. The floor is a combination of wood, cement, and dirt. They have no electricity or indoor plumbing and must cook over a wood fire. Washing is done by hand. Showers are taken by means of a hose attached to a nearby irrigation system. A ramshackle outhouse serves up to 60 members of Alberto's extended family.

His norteamericano employers, though initially helpful, no longer provide any support, and Alberto's government pension of approximately $140/month has still not arrived. His entire family is surviving on $30/month of basic staples from Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, subsistence farming, and the meager assistance of his poverty-stricken extended family. The children are missing school because the family cannot afford the $1/day per child it costs to ride the bus.

Can you afford to make a small donation? Any amount will go a long way toward easing the suffering of Alberto and his family. Your gift will be personally delivered to them in cash.
 
 
 
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Recent Donations (24)

$1,255 raised by 24 people in 6 months.

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Gwen Manning

19 days ago (Monthly Donation)

 
 

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Gwen Manning

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Gwen Manning

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Gwen Manning

3 months ago (Monthly Donation)

 
 

$50.00

Sharon Schwartz

4 months ago

 
 

Christmas for the family. I saw Alberto the other day and remembered to thank God for all I have and the ability to think of someone other than myself at this time.

 

$10.00

Gwen Manning

4 months ago (Monthly Donation)

 
 

$100.00

Anonymous

5 months ago

 

$100.00

Sieg Pedde

5 months ago

 
 

Alberto, many people are thinking of you and your family. I will post this appeal on my own Facebook page, on the Roca Milagro Facebook page and also on the Living in Panama page. Perhaps we can get more people to contribute to make your life better and to help your children go to school.

 

$100.00

LAUREL EDWARDS

5 months ago

 
 

Alberto and Dear Family...my heart goes out to you. All of you are facing so much more that anyone deserves. I am so sorry this has happened in your life, and I pray that you and your family will get the assistance you need. Blessings to you always, Laurel

 

$25.00

Anonymous

5 months ago

 

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