La Reserva Forest Foundation

La Reserva Forest Foundation is a Costa Rican non-profit, tax exempt foundation working to restore and preserve native tropical forests, dedicated to creating "tree bridges" linking isolated forest islands using volunteers and the local school communities, and fighting global warming through various carbon neutral projects.
Dec 30, 2014

MALEKU PERSPECTIVE

Maleku warrior in play depicting traditional life
Maleku warrior in play depicting traditional life

Since “Uplifting Tribal Artisans….”, has quite a ways to go for full funding I decided to share a recent visit to the Maleku Reserve so you have an idea of the cultural activities they practice and offer to visitors.

My friend and board member of LRFF, Gretchen Engbring and her family traveled to Costa Rica from Oregon for the Christmas holidays. One day just before Christmas day we drove over to the Acosta Elizondo “rancho” in Palenque Sol to enjoy a full tour.

The day began with a short presentation in which Jimmy Acosta explained some of the Maleku history, beliefs and traditions. The introduction was followed by a walk in the small forest adjacent to the “rancho” where Jahiro Cruz taught us about medicinal plants, how to use them and pointed out resident wildlife.

Back at the “rancho” a lunch, served by Jimmy’s sisters Nancy and Amanda, awaited us. Fish is prepared by wrapping it in Hoja de Estrella leaves and platanillo leaves and roasting on hot rocks. The leaves have the flavor of licorice and the fish has a moist, flaky texture with the slight taste of licorice.

The climax was the theater that the family performed. They have 3 different plays, all involving a typical Maleku family with some internal problem or other. The plays always begin with Jimmy explaining what is going to happen because the entire play is done in the Maleku language, Maleku haica.

The day ended with a bow and arrow contest, each guest got a few homemade arrows and a bow to try and hit the trunk of a banana plant. The bow is made from the Pejibaye palm tree, the arrow shafts made from the Yolillo palm and the cord is made from a spiny plant by the women who extract the fiber and roll it over and over on their leg.

In this project, Uplifting Tribal Artists, we will be enabling many different artists from the Maleku tribe to display their artwork and members of the entire tribe to participate and benefit from these types of cultural events. So come on everyone….

LET’S GIVE THEM A LEG UP!

Maleku drum w/ carved jaguar at front
Maleku drum w/ carved jaguar at front
Back of the jaguar drum with lovely bird paintings
Back of the jaguar drum with lovely bird paintings
With Jahiro on the the forest walk
With Jahiro on the the forest walk
Gretchen and her dad, John...what are they looking
Gretchen and her dad, John...what are they looking
They are looking at this, a Fer de Lance
They are looking at this, a Fer de Lance
Jahiro moves it away from the trail for our safety
Jahiro moves it away from the trail for our safety
Having a grand time we are!
Having a grand time we are!
Back at the rancho we watch the drama unfold
Back at the rancho we watch the drama unfold
Dec 20, 2014

GIVE {learning} For You

GIVE {nature}
GIVE {nature}

Since we still lack all of the funding for “Reforesting the Deforestation” and consequently have nothing to report I wanted to take this opportunity to give you a shout about the Year End Campaign we’ve been working so diligently on. You may not know about our beautiful Facebook page where you will find great information on how your donations are working to make a HUGE difference in the world on many different fronts.

Rather than just ask people to GIVE donations my colleague Gretchen and I decided to make the Year End Campaign a way we can GIVE back to you. We wanted to focus on all the different facets of LRFF’s work so each week we talk about one, like GIVE {nature}, GIVE {education}…etc. You can see each of the weekly “postcards” attached to this progress report. 

We’ve finished this weeks focus on the environmental education programs LRFF has implemented in the past 5 years and next week we will be posting and talking about GIVE {air}. You can see all of the posts here, so if you’d like to learn more about how your generosity is making a difference please check out our Facebook page and like us.

For the Year End bonus campaign at GlobalGiving we have been directing people to another project we have posted there, “It’s For The Monkeys and 60 School Children”. It’s a smaller project budget wise and area as well so we prioritized it to see if we could get it funded and also win the bonus prize GG is awarding. This month we received a call from a young man and his father who are interested in taking the project as their own and fundraise at the son’s school to come up with the balance needed to plant the project. Not only that but the students (5) will come down to La Reserva with their parents to help plant the project.

LRFF's new website also went live this month and we are very proud of it, go check it out. http://lrff.org

Hope your holiday season is FULL joy and that you have much success in the coming year. Thank you for supporting us throughout 2014. Bless. 

LET’S GET PLANTING!

GIVE {education} = Give the Future
GIVE {education} = Give the Future
GIVE {air}
GIVE {air}
GIVE {jobs}
GIVE {jobs}

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Dec 15, 2014

Important News

School children @ Delicias in July 2014
School children @ Delicias in July 2014

Dear GlobalGiving Donors,

I am sending this email out to all donors who made a contribution to the project: Engaging Minds, Inspiring Youth. It has recently come to our attention the project is no longer available to reforest with the school Jardín de los Niños. Through miscommunication between the landowner and LRFF over timelines and expectations, the landowner declined to participate further. This is an unfortunate situation since we worked hard at building the project and relationship with the participants. We also highly regard every donation you make and strive to use your contributions in a way that fulfills the intent of the gift.

However there is good news! We have another project in the works that needs to be funded: It’s for the Monkeys and 60 School Children. This project works with another school in the small village of Delicias de Upala, where the kids will reforest 1.5 hectares (3.75 acres) of forest which connects to an adjacent project planted earlier this year (2014). The adjacency of this project will expand the benefits of the last project by creating more continuous habitat for local wildlife. It also gives the children an opportunity to work on a reforestation project from beginning to end. If all of the donations from Engaging Minds, Inspiring Youth transfer to It’s for the Monkeys and 60 School Children project we will be a third of the way towards funding it.

We hope you all find this new project a great educational opportunity for another community as we work towards reclaiming the land for forests and wildlife. Please visit the project page for It’s for the Monkeys and 60 School Children to find out more information from reports and pictures at our last planting near the proposed site. Thank you for understanding and all of us here at La Reserva Forest Foundation appreciate the support and generosity of our donors and volunteers.

Let’s Keep Planting!

 

Sincerely,

Roberta Ward Smiley

Founder and Executive Director 

&

Matthew Lee

Board President- LRFF US

Passing out trees to students in Delicias, July
Passing out trees to students in Delicias, July
The new property where the trees will be planted
The new property where the trees will be planted
Giving jobs tol community members and butterflies
Giving jobs tol community members and butterflies

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