Happy Friday, QFamily Partners!

According to last night’s report by the Ministry of Health (MINSA), Panama’s numbers have risen to 339,383, with 5,810 deaths. As of today, 89,419 vaccines have been administered.

This past Wednesday, the country received its third batch of vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech, which saw 77,220 doses delivered, bringing the total units received to 157,920. The President announced that next Thursday, March 4, phase 2 vaccinations will begin. This two-part phase will include those over 60 years of age and those between 16 to 59 with chronic diseases. Also,  teachers and administrators from public and private schools and universities will receive vaccinations.

Although Panama recognizes Black History Month in May (El Mes de La Etnia Negra), the QFamily closes United States Black History Month with a recitation of Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise!” Click here to view the video.

This morning a group of 25 volunteers started a project to create the most extensive “arroz con pollo” (rice with chicken) in the country at the Torrijos Sports Complex in the district of San Miguelito in Panama City. The dish consists of 400 pounds of rice, 300 pounds of chicken, 400 pounds of vegetables, four gallons of olives, ten liters of chicken stock, 15 gallons of vegetable oil, eight pounds of salt, seasoning broth, and water. The project seeks to feed 3,000 people, including residents of the San Miguelito district and doctors, police officers, and homeless people.

Our first quarter of ONQ-U started this past Wednesday! We had a great turnout, and we were excited to have a couple of US clients present! We continue tomorrow with an entire day of classes.

We are excited that this weekend is supposed to be the last weekend of total lockdown! We are holding our breath, waiting to see what Saturdays and Sundays look like again!

Again, and as always, we are hoping for you and your loved ones’ safety and well-being.

Stay safe out there!