Corcovado Foundation

Mission The Corcovado Foundation is a key player in the strengthening of the protected wild areas, the promotion of environmental education, sustainable tourism and community participation throughout the sustainable use of the natural resources in the South Pacific area of Costa Rica.
Nov 25, 2014

Celebratiing respect for our natural resources

environmental education festival
environmental education festival

Celebrating respect for our natural resources!

The end of year is always full of events, celebrations and festivals, as we use this time to offer something special to the children and adults of this disadvantaged area of the planet.

For the third year in a row we hosted our own Environmental Education Festival. This year our aim was to raise awareness of the need to protect the coral reef at Caño Island. On the 29th and 30th of November we will also collaborate with the local turtle conservation association to host the annual sea turtle festival in Drake Bay, and we will host a Christmas party for two schools of two very poor communities, during which we will distribute gifts.

The festivals that we organize always have an education and conservation theme, around which games and activities for the local children are organized. These mark special days in the calendar that kids look forward to each year, and they are both the protagonists and the beneficiaries of the activities. They greatly appreciate the festivals because in their day to day life they are not necessarily accustomed to activities centered around them, and can often find themselves relegated to the background of family life. Even something small, such as a face painting, can make a child feel like they are a star for the day.

It's nice to also see the children sharing, cooperating and enhancing their friendships through games and competitions. In turn we teach them to learn about and appreciate their environment so that they grow up with a sense of pride about their own land, and a life-long respect for their natural resources is forged.

It is also our goal to educate the children in a healthy environment in which values such as empathy, justice and cooperation are respected, in order to build a better future for the community!

environmental education festival 2
environmental education festival 2
Nov 18, 2014

Drake Bay is stable; Rio Oro needs our help!

Rio Oro beach in the Osa Peninsula
Rio Oro beach in the Osa Peninsula

As the 2014 nesting season draws to a close, we reflect back upon a record-breaking year in Drake Bay. For the first time ever the community turtle association, ACOTPRO, has successfully co-managed the turtle season, coordinating their night patrols, constructing their own hatchery and hosting their own sea turtle festival. The homestay network has earned over $27,000 in five months (around $3,500 per household) and a record-breaking 96 volunteers have arrived.

 

Despite this success, without the income from private donations the turtle program could not have taken place in 2014. For this reason we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated this year – you made the difference between the eggs being saved or being poached!

 

Since July, over 150 turtles have crawled onto Drake beach, leaving over 100 nests, 95% of which have been safely relocated to the hatchery. So far 3,000 tiny hatchlings have been released into the sea, and we are expecting to release another 3,000 before the end of the year.

 

Several Green turtles have also nested this year, continuing the trend of a year-on-year increase for this species since 2011. This is really positive news because the Green turtle, which is much more endangered than the Olive Ridley, was thought to have been lost forever from Drake Bay for many years. As the Corcovado Foundation hands over responsibility for the conservation to ACOTPRO, the community can claim stewardship of a turtle nesting beach with a bright future ahead of it.

 

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Osa Peninsula, the most important Green turtle nesting site on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Río Oro beach, remains without any protection at all. The Corcovado Foundation has now won a grant to help establish a brand new program at this unique location, and the protection will start from July 2015.

 

However, due to the limits of the funding provided there is a shortfall for the construction of the base camp. The program aims to raise $10,000 before construction begins in May 2015, starting today!

 

Please help us to start the campaign with a bang and make a donation today. Join the effort alongside our volunteers and the local community to bring an end to poaching in the Osa, and protect the most important Green turtle beach on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast!

 

Thank you, and watch this space for more info about the new program.

Volunteers working with the community in Drake Bay
Volunteers working with the community in Drake Bay
Turtle tracks and a nest on Rio Oro beach
Turtle tracks and a nest on Rio Oro beach

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Oct 24, 2014

Empowering Women in Osa

Seamtress in Rancho Quemado
Seamtress in Rancho Quemado

Investing in women is key to community development.  Why? Because it is proven that 95% of a woman’s income is immediately invested in their family’s well-being.  Unlike men, everything that a woman earns goes directly for food, school supplies and to care for the family needs.

Yolanda is a seamstress in Rancho Quemado. She lives with her husband, her mother and two children age 8 and 3. She loved sewing since she was 8 years old. She could not wait to use her talent to make a living.   Yolanda taught herself this craft from magazines and by looking at people’s clothes. Initially she received help from a few government institutions to buy the necessary equipment. With the funding she received from the Corcovado Foundation, this gifted woman has been able to bloom and is now selling her products to nearby hotels and neighbors.   The money she earns she uses to help her family’s economy, or she reinvests it in her business.

Many studies have recognized the importance of improving the status of impoverished women. “The Women’s Economic Empowerment: Meeting the Needs of Impoverished Women Report”, written in 2007 by the UNFPA describes a number of approaches used to date to empower women economically, including microcredit.

That is why the Osa Community Support Fund has tried to strengthen women’s micro entrepreneurships, in order to empower women in the Osa Peninsula.  Another example of this effort is the Morfas Restaurant.  The Morfas Unidas de Osa project was formed by 9 women, to generate income for their households by providing food services to the community of El Progreso in Drake Bay. Many of these women are heads of their household and the income has been used to ensure the support and education of their children.

This project is also helping the local community by providing jobs for a night guard and a gardener that comes every two weeks to mown the lawn.  This is significant, because this undeveloped community lacks jobs and other sources of income.

Yixian, leader of this project explained: “thanks to the donation received from the Corcovado Foundation, we purchased kitchen equipment for the project and have managed to get ahead”.

Personally, she says: “this project has given me many opportunities. Thanks to the project, I was able to pay for my college education, fulfill my goals and provide a better future for my daughter”.

Morfas de Osa Restaurant in El Progreso
Morfas de Osa Restaurant in El Progreso
Morfas de Osa, some of the ladies
Morfas de Osa, some of the ladies

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