Safety Equipment Company Supports Panama’s First Special Needs Orphanage

Since 2015, North Carolina’s Iron Lot has been donating a percentage of product sales toward the building of the orphanage

Safety Equipment Company Supports Panama’s First Special Needs Orphanage

(Photo from Heart's Cry Children's Ministry)

A special needs orphanage has opened in Panama, and a North Carolina construction safety equipment company has played a key role — since 2015, Iron Lot has been donating a percentage of product sales to help build the orphanage.

“We are excited to have been even a small part of the overall work and opening of the orphanage. We are going to continue to support their mission for the foreseeable future,” says Mike Campbell, owner of Iron Lot, which is based in Burlington, North Carolina, and sells aluminum and steel trench boxes to customers across the U.S.

The orphanage, Casa Providencia, is the first of its kind in Panama. It is run by Heart’s Cry Children’s Ministry, which is how Campbell and Iron Lot eventually became involved. Campbell’s wife Jenny has a strong connection to Heart’s Cry through her cousin Misty Hedspeth. In 2008, Hedspeth and her husband, Matt, traveled to Panama to begin the process of adopting a child. While there, the Hedspeths were so moved by what they saw that they decided to quit their jobs, sell their home, and move to Panama permanently to establish Heart’s Cry.

Mike Campbell, owner of Iron Lot
Mike Campbell, owner of Iron Lot

In 2015, Campbell felt compelled to support the building of Casa Providencia with some of his company’s profits. Since that time, every time a customer has purchased a trench box or any of the other products Iron Lot sells (bedding boxes, road plates, or used construction equipment), a donation has been made.

Casa Providencia, or Providence House, is a first-class facility with a goal of connecting special needs children to forever families, as well as offering those children physical, mental health, speech and occupational therapy.

The facility is opening in three phases. In the now completed first phase, the orphanage is able to house 15 children and has a hydrotherapy center, physical and occupational therapy, a medical clinic, and both indoor and outdoor playgrounds. During Phase 2, Casa Providencia will house an additional 15 children and add a learning center, therapy pool, and rooftop terrace. When Phase 3 is realized, a total of 55 children will be housed in the orphanage and vocational training and a mentoring program will round out the service offerings. As the phases are realized, the cost per child will drop from $122 per day in Phase 1 to $52 per day at full capacity.

Campbell and his family had the opportunity to see the results of their donations firsthand this past summer.

“We took our kids to Panama to visit their cousins and were blessed to get to meet some of the first kids at the new orphanage,” Campbell says.

In addition to the new orphanage, Heart’s Cry has two other initiatives — Family Services and Orphan Cares. The Family Services program provides free adoption and foster care services to families in Panama to care for Panamanian orphans. Orphan Cares is an umbrella program for Heart’s Cry projects that occur throughout the year, such as baby holding programs, hosting international mission teams, and providing financial aid. 

Learn more about Heart’s Cry Children’s Ministry at www.heartscrychildren.com.

Visit www.ironlot.com for more information about Iron Lot products and services.



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