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.
Mar 8, 2013

A small donation makes a big impact!

FACOSA (Osa Community Support Fund) - Corcovado Foundation

 

In our day-to-day lives in developed countries we seem to spend huge amounts of money on everyday consumables, not to mention all of those bills we pay each month for electricity, gas, phones, internet, and car insurance. It can sometimes seem like our money doesn’t go very far in the developed world, but the situation is quite different in the villages of rural Latin America. A seemingly small donation can completely transform a community and, when responsibly invested in the right projects, can help to empower poor local people to take control of their economic future.

 

In 2012 the Corcovado Foundation established a microfinance scheme called FACOSA (Osa Community Support Fund) using funding provided by the Inter American Foundation (IAF). This initiative is designed to identify the projects that promise to make the biggest impact to communities, and award grants designed to catalyze sustainable development within the Osa Peninsula. These project proposals could be to build new infrastructure, to improve sanitation or protect the environment, or they could be designed to nurture small profit-making initiatives and create local jobs through responsible ecotourism. These awards offer an alternative source of income for local people, and help to dissuade them from extracting their natural resources to earn a living.

 

In 2012, FACOSA awarded $15,000 USD for the construction of an aqueduct in La Tarde, the completion of the Community Center building in El Progreso, a community project in Rancho Quemado, the purchase of computers for a school, and a website and computer for the local Turtle Conservation Association (ACOTPRO). These projects have not only transformed the lives of hundreds of villagers, but they have also helped to educate local people in how to design projects, write grant proposals, manage accounts, and deliver their goals on time. These invaluable skills will enable local people to compete for funding from other sources in the future, not just FACOSA, and will help to foment responsible community enterprises that benefit the entire region.

 

There are currently many more excellent projects in desperate need of funding, but the not-for-profit Corcovado Foundation needs to raise a further $12,000 USD in order to continue with the scheme. The good news is that the Inter American Foundation has up to $18,000 USD additional to donate to this fund and will match any donation made to FACOSA on the globalgiving site. Even a small donation can really make a big impact, so please dig deep and help to protect the precious gift that is the Osa Peninsula!

 

Thank you!

 

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Jan 24, 2013

Looking back at 2012 - how did your donation help?

The Festival del Arbol
The Festival del Arbol

As with many grassroots programs in developing regions, the Corcovado Foundation Sea Turtle Conservation Program is only made possible by the hard work and determination of local people, the contribution of time, money and effort by volunteers, and the extraordinary generosity of individuals like yourselves. The turtles and the local community of Drake Bay, Costa Rica, would like to express their sincere gratitude for all of your help in 2012!

 

Thanks to your donation the program was able to create more contracted shifts for local people this year, and eight more members of the local conservationist association (ACOTPRO) were trained as Patrol Leaders, bringing the total number employed to an all-time high of 28! This association has now earned over $17,000 in salaries from the program since 2010, while the homestay houses in the village have earned over $21,000 in payments from volunteers.

 

Your donation also permitted greater promotion of the turtle program, which resulted in a record 73 volunteers coming to work during 2012 and a record 56 turtles being adopted, the latter raising $2,900 for the program. The extra manpower produced great results for the conservation effort, and for the first time it was possible to guard the hatchery 24/7 throughout the entire season. A record 112 nests were relocated to the hatchery, and the incidence of poaching was kept down to just 10% of nests. By the end of the season the team had tagged around 70 nesting female turtles and had liberated over 9,000 hatchlings, with many more still due to emerge from nests relocated to the beach.

 

Finally your donation helped to pay for the construction of a rustic new camp for program, which provided a venue for teaching and training, community events, and environmental education activities, and a humble research station from which to coordinate all of the volunteers, local staff and conservation activities.

 

During 2013 the program plans to contract two full-time Research Assistants from the community, and will begin to train the association ACOTPRO in volunteer management, hatchery management, and tourism and fundraising skills, so that they can begin to take on more responsibility and more control of the program. In particular, the Corcovado Foundation will help ACOTPRO to establish their own volunteer program, which should help the association to become more self-sufficient and able to generate funds to pay their own staff. However, the process has only just begun and the community needs private donations now more than ever in order to develop and promote this program so that in they won’t need to rely on such donations in the future. Donations are also urgently needed in order to purchase vital conservation equipment for the 2013 season, including materials to construct the hatchery.

 

Please open your heart and consider making a donation to this beautiful community-led project, and support this association of hardworking local people. With your help they can complete their training and realize their dream of eradicating poaching and creating sustainable jobs from turtle conservation in Drake Bay.

 

Happy New Year from everyone at the program!

 

Adopt a turtle at the Corcovado Foundation Sea Turtle Conservation Program by following this link:

http://www.corcovadofoundation.org/adopt-a-turtle.html

 

Become a volunteer at the Corcovado Foundation Sea Turtle Conservation Program by following this link:

http://www.corcovadofoundation.org/program-sea-turtle-conservation.html

 

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Text GIVE 7861 to 80088 to donate $10 to Seaturtle Conservation and Environmental Education. Message and data rates may apply. Only works for US mobile phones.

TXT MSG from our lawyers: At this time, GlobalGiving text-to-give only works on major mobile phone carriers in the United States. Texting GIVE 7861 to 80088 makes a $10.00 donation to GlobalGiving Foundation. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 80088 to STOP. Text HELP to 80088 for HELP. Full Terms: www.mGive.org/T. Privacy Policy: goto.gg/privacy.

The Festival de la Tortuga
The Festival de la Tortuga
The Festival de la Tortuga
The Festival de la Tortuga
A baby turtle heading to the ocean
A baby turtle heading to the ocean
Volunteer with a baby turtle
Volunteer with a baby turtle
A nest of baby turtles being liberated
A nest of baby turtles being liberated
ACOTPRO workshop
ACOTPRO workshop
English classes for the kids
English classes for the kids
Volunteers enjoying a day off at Cano Island
Volunteers enjoying a day off at Cano Island
Oct 23, 2012

What we have already achieved!!


FACOSA (Osa Community Support Fund)-Corcovado Foundation

Three communities in the Osa Peninsula have been supported by the Corcovado Foundation during this year 2012, with funding provided by the Inter American Foundation.  

The $12,000 USD distributed among local communities, thru what we called the Osa Support Fund assisted community development project such as the construction of an aqueduct in La Tarde, the completion of the Community Center building in El Progreso and a community project in Rancho Quemado which will provide income to 4 different groups.   Also thru this program we financed computers for a school in El Progreso and a website and other working equipment for The Turtle Conservation Association in the same town.

One important matter is that the Inter American Foundation has up to $18,000 USD additional to donate to this fund, but first we need to raise $12,000 USD as a counterpart to their initial donation.  We chose Globalgiving to reach out to donors in order to generate funding for these communities.  Once the money is in our account 100% of the
donation will be destined to the communities.  No administration fee what so ever will be charged.

Between the months of May to August this year, the Foundation was in charge of following up on the implementation of the funding provided.  Here are some of the results obtained:

La Tarde, Ecological Community:

1. Construction of the aqueduct in the community, which started operations since August, 2012.

Some of the activities that were made:

  1. Cleaning up of the spring water and installation of the sedimentation tank.  
  2. Preparation of the platform to hold up the main tank;
  3. Installation and steadiness of the main tank;
  4. Input and output connections to the tank;
  5. Distribution of the pipes for houses;
  6. Installation in each house.

Progreso Community:

1. Reconstruction of the Community Hall, whose final product was delivered in August, 2012.

  1. Donation of computers to the School, they have not been delivered yet because the money was paid into an account of the Ministry of Education and it must be reimbursed, this process is cumbersome and will
    take time. In another hand, the security system where the computers will be kept was already built. Also, a group of women will be responsible for supporting the school maintenance, besides making improvements
    in the area of hydroponics.

Rancho Quemado Community:

The bakery project is running, offering different products to the people.

  1. The operation of the mill is almost ready, we proceeded with the purchase of the oxen, they are
    being trained for the task. Also the construction of the restrooms is almost
    finished.
  2. The project of laying hens is completed; the first production was received in August.
  3. The piggery project is completed, there was just pending the building of a couple of cement walls.
    Important to say that this project has a drinking water system where pigs drink and sending sewage into bags into a biodigestor, where methane is produced and can be used for electrical purposes.

Finally, worth mentioning that has been planned a beach cleaning up with ACOTPRO in Playa Ganado, which is difficult to access and it has an important amount of solid waste. This association has conducted two beach cleanups and reforestation with 250 species, this effort was conducted with the cooperation of 13 of its members.

 



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