Thank You – Gracias

We thank our sponsors, contributors and visitors for helping us create the VFOA Blog.  In 2012, all the lessons featured on the blog will be available in pdf format from the Voices from Our America project website.  See you soon at !!


Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores, colaboradores y visitantes por ayudarnos a crear el VFOA Blog.  En el 2012, todas las lecciones del blog estarán disponibles en formato pdf desde la página web del proyecto Voices from Our America.  Nos vemos pronto en !!


Mapping Voices

This month, Mapping Voices revisits the Mi Pueblito Antillano in Ancon, Panama.  Find the thumb nail on the map and click on it to learn about VFOA related experiences in this place.


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 Mapping Voices highlights some of the places where VFOA experienced significant interactions with respondents, teachers, students, school directors, researchers, entrepreneurs and other community members.

VFOA Teacher’s Lounge… Clips and Snapshots – The Commissary

The Commissary in Gamboa. Photo by Nedelka Campbell


As you know, there were uh, gold commissaries and sliver commissaries. Uh, my mother, for example, sold shoes in a gold commissary. And uh, I always remember the story of the little lady, little black lady who went at the water fountain and it had a spigot that says silver, and the next one that says gold. And she walked over and was drinking water from the gold one and someone came and asked her. The policeman said, “Woman why are you drinking?” Say, “I just, mister, I just want to know what gold water tastes like,” you know. (Mr. Russell was interviewed by VFOA on February 15, 2007.  Click here to learn more about Mr. Russell at the VFOA website.)


I was 16 years old when I started to work. Started to work in the commissary because at that time the war was just starting and there was a lot of boom in jobs and those days our parents didn’t make any money. They were only working for $22 and $25 a month. So, you just have to get out and get a job to help yourself and to help them. So most of the young people just started to work when they were about 15 or 16 years at that time.  (Mr. Newland was interviewed by VFOA on February 16, 2007.  Click here to learn more about Mr. Newland at the VFOA website.)