Richard and Debbie Tracy, long time missionaries and founders of YWAM in Panama are the pioneers and directors of YWAM Chiriqui. Some long term goals are to start an orphanage on the base premises, a tech. college (farming, carpentry, construction etc.) for the indigenous, develop a self sustainable farm, as well as bring about models of transformation to the people of Chiriqui that can be multiplied throughout the country and the nations.
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The province of Chiriqui is located on the south-western border of Panama, next to Costa Rica. It is famous for its mountains, a volcano, trout filled rivers, cool misty rain, cloud forests and its black fertile earth. All of this provides for a perfect environment in which to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables including coffee. Chiriqui offers some of the finest coffee in the world! The culture of this mountainous province is rich. The Chiriquanos are hardworking and friendly. Most are farmers. Within Chiriqui you will find the dwelling place of the Ngobe indigenous group. Thousands of Ngobe live and work throughout the mountains, harvesting coffee and other products. The Ngobe are amongst the poorest indigenous groups in the world! Chiriqui is also world famous as a place to come and retire. Hundreds of Americans and Europeans now call this province home.