One of Commercial Site Design’s employees, Katie Beitia, executive assistant to Brian Burchett (head of engineering and land surveying at Commercial Site Design), is travel to Central America in April to visit NutreHogar and ArturoMiro orphanages in David, Panama and Potrerillos, Panama.
“After returning to the United States in 2016, I decided to take yearly trips to visit organizations I worked with,” says Katie Beitia. “While I worked with many great organizations during my five years in Central America, NutreHogar and ArturoMiro orphanages will always have a special place in my heart. They trusted me to have a positive influence on these children and I believe I still can.”
“Much of Panama’s rural population can’t meet basic needs such as food and sanitation”, says Katie Beitia. “In David, where ArturoMiro is located, more than 4,000 children are engaged in child labor activities and an estimated 58 percent of these kids won’t attend school.”
Both NutreHogar and ArturoMiro orphanages provide malnourished and often forgotten children an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that nurtures physical, emotional, and intellectual development.
“These boys love soccer,” says Katie Beitia. “My husband ran a soccer team at ArturoMiro that required participants to maintain good grades; because of this, we saw these students do phenomenal.”
Katie, with the help of Commercial Site Design and its employees, will “fill the suitcases” with toys, clothes and soccer-related items.
Commercial Site Design will match what its employees donate and cover the cost of buying supplies to fill the suitcase.
“We encourage our employees to be active in the community and gladly support their charitable endeavors,” says Brian Soltz, one of the founding partners at Commercial Site Design. “Katie has given years to missionary work and is passionate about these kids. We’re happy to be part of her noble cause and believe she’ll make a big difference.”
To get more information on NutreHogar or to see how you can help, visit http://www.nutrehogar.org.