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Playa Verde
Playa Verde is located in Panama
Playa Verde
Playa Verde
Coordinates: 9°3′36″N 82°3′20″W / 9.06000°N 82.05556°W / 9.06000; -82.05556Coordinates: 9°3′36″N 82°3′20″W / 9.06000°N 82.05556°W / 9.06000; -82.05556
Country Panama
Province Ngöbe Buglé
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total about 400

Playa Verde is a community of Panamanian indigenous Ngobe Bugle. Its capital is the town of Kusapín.[1] It has a population of approximately 400 Ngobe Bugle primarily from five extended families.</ref> The populace is exclusively ethnic Ngobe Bugle.

Playa Verde view from one of its beautiful hills

Language[edit]

Gnobe and Spanish.

Families[edit]

Health[edit]

Common health problems include intestinal parasites caused by lack of clean drinking water and improper sanitation and food handling.

Infant mortality is very high with diarrhea often a cause of death. Children can be ill for months before succumbing.

Education[edit]

Education[edit]

Kindergarden and grades 1 through 6 are taught on site by four teachers.

As of April, 2014 a new kindergarden is being constructed of concrete and adobe. The adobe bricks are made on site by elderly women who make up to 500 bricks a day. The building is scheduled to be completed in April, 2014. When it is complete 32 five to six year olds will be moved from the cramped quarters of a small shack to the new building.

Welfare[edit]

Diet[edit]

Rice, beans and

History[edit]

Stores[edit]

Small stores are scattered about the community and sell toiletries, rice, beans, chips and a great deal of sweets.

Housing[edit]

Houses are generally simple one room affairs on stilts.

Boats[edit]

Infrastructure[edit]

Electricity[edit]

The only building with electricity is the school which has sixteen 50 volt solar panels which are used to charge batteries. These batteries are used to charge a laptop computer and cell phones.

Water[edit]

Water comes from creeks or water catchment. Some of the buildings have metal roofs, catch the water in 4" PVC, directing it to plastic storage tanks. A cock on the tank allows water to be ???.

Many houses have pressurized water, provided by gravity pressure and sourced by creeks above the house.

Sewage[edit]

Generally the creeks are used for defecation. Either a creek is agreed upon to be used for waste purposes and another for drinking water or a point is agreed upon as the upstream most point of usage for defecation and drinking water is withdrawn upstream from that point.

Behind the school is a septic tank above which are enclosed concrete toilets that open directly into the tanks.

Employment[edit]

Farming[edit]

Cell Service[edit]

Internet[edit]

Getting there?[edit]

Playa Verde is on the shores of Chiriqui Bay and is only accessible by water.


References[edit]

Religion[edit]

Five Christian religions are practiced and the Gnobe religion ??? which is a variant of Christianity in which Christ descends to Earth on a motorcycle

Diet[edit]

Starchy roots, fish, lobster conch, rice beans

Housing[edit]

Law[edit]

Health[edit]

Bush Doctor[edit]

Floating Doctors[edit]

The [Floating Doctors] conduct clinics on site. As of April 7, 2013 the community agreed to donate a plot of land for a clinic and to provide 7,000 board feet of lumber for the construction of the clinic. The building will have three 16' x 10' rooms for sleeping quarters and a roomy living area.

Sources[edit]

[1] [2] Category:Populated places in Ngöbe-Buglé Comarca


  1. ^ Evan, Peace Corp Volunteer
  2. ^ Dr. Benjamin LaBrot, Floating Doctors