Developing Costa Rican Squatter's Settlements

May 27, 2014

Bulletin News April 2014

First of all, we want to thank all those people that have helped our project to be developed in communities at risk this past April. We are very excited to share with you all of the achievements, activities, good news among other results.

Did you know?

BWAB has worked for 5 years in youth women´s development through “Girls Group” in “El Triangulo” with participants between the ages of eight and eleven and the last year it began in Los Cuadros de Guadalupe. These girls have the following goals:

•           52% of girls have no fear to study at the university.

•           75% want to learn typing.

•           94% consider their future as a priority.


IBM´s volunteers participate in BWAB programs.


Last April 5th, some volunteers from IBM Company participated in several of the NGO´s programs in “El Triángulo”.

In the morning, they studied with children and helped them with their homework, exams and other assignments. In the afternoon, they played soccer and practiced cheerleading with them. Both activities were in Tibás and the kids were very excited to share with them .

BWAB is very grateful for the support provided by IBM.

If you want to learn more about our activities, we invite you to read our monthly newsletter and see our Facebook, Web Site and You Tube.

May 20, 2014

Bulletin News March 2014

On the third year of the year we invite you to read our news:

 Like every month, Boy With Ball works for every week and every day in order to improve the difficult situations in at-risk communities.

We are pleased to share with you great achievements reached by BWAB in this month:

  •          The education dropout rate for youth in Los Cuadros de Guadalupe is 35,7%. Among the group of young people participating in Boy With a Ball's programs, the dropout rate is only 6, 3%.
  •          In the case of El Triángulo de la Solidaridad, the education dropout rate for youth is 34%. On the other hand, just 5% of young people participating in the programs, leave school.

Also we want to share that on March 8th; we had a dinner with monthly donors who helped us during the last year.

The topics we shared with them:

  •          Achievements and results obtained in 2013.
  •          Objectives and challenges of the present year.


We thank you very much for your help and donations. We encourage you to keep donating to our cause and to motivate others to do the same.

Mar 17, 2014

Summary of 2013

Tutoring 1
Tutoring 1

Results Obtained in 2013


  • 7 Volunteering partnerships with local Costa Rican Universities

  • Most of the programs Boy With a Ball (BWAB) has are lead by local leaders trained in the organization.

  • Leaders in formation went from 6 to 23 people in a year.

  • Dropout rate is lower than 5% in the kids that attend our tutoring classes.

  • Beneficiaries in Los Cuadros in the tutoring program went from 25-50 a week.

  • BWAB won a social innovation award 2013 given by the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB)

  • English classes started at the communities given by Máximo Nivel Institute

  • Other news

    • School supplies give away: 300 hundred packages of school supplies

Tutoring 2
Tutoring 2


Mar 4, 2014

Bulletin News 2013

Precario El Triangulo Solidaridad
Precario El Triangulo Solidaridad

New events regarding in Boy With a Ball Costa Rica

Did you know?

This foundation started  its work  in El Triangulo de la Solidaridad (TS) in 2006 and it was legally recognized in 2008.

One of the first programs was walking around the community.  By doing so, they were able to meet several people that are now part of the foundation, no just as volunteers but also as positive leaders for the community and it also allowed the beginning of the tutorial center; where the children assist to reinforce their scholar studies.

In 2009 they met a woman from Los Cuadros (LC). This event allowed the creation of a group to assist women that worked for sex.   During 2012 the walking around the community tour started as well as the tutorial center.

Programs kick off

TS Girls’ Group started again last Saturday, January 25th with 15 small girls (between 8-12 years old).  This program was deployed three years ago and now it is mentored by a young girl from the same community.

Female teenagers groups also start working again in both communities.  In LC last Friday 31st and in TS last Saturday 25th. Several activities took place during the week end: football games, surveys, wallet and alike.

These are just some activities/program we do with and for the youngster of these communities.  There are others to start soon.  We will keep you posted in our fan page.

A new leader team was born

A fourth Foundation team started last November and most of its members live in LC.  Child with a Ball teams are formed by people that want to change their community and wish to help others to fulfill their dreams.

To celebrate the onset of this team, they went to a natural swimming pool in El Rodeo, Coronado.  They enjoyed the opportunity of sharing quality time together.

2013 Volunteers

During last year we had several foreign visitors that assisted the various programs of our Foundation.    Among them we remember Emily Heiden, Nathan Eckstein, Felipe Dosantos, Beatriz Orozco, Katja Krejcir, Romain Orsini. Joan Godoy, Karol Hartz … all of them top level volunteers!

We also had the contribution of several national volunteers such as Claudia Menjivar, that contributed with physical education activities, Adriana Abarca that assisted in staff and pantry duties, Lilliam Barrantes, that assisted in several activities and many more that really showed a huge generous contribution in different areas of our daily tasks. 

Thanks to everybody! We couldn’t survive without your helping hands!

School Supplies

In last week, we gave to 225 children school supplies from communities very poor in Costa Rica. They was very happy because these materials will support their studies and most of they did not has it.

Most of children that received a package are studying and participating in tutoring center with BWAB CR.

We are so gratefull with the people and business that helped and made possible this great goal. (Ulacit, Femsa Coca Cola, Volunteers, IBM CR, Annie Castro, Facebook's fans, others)

School Supplies
School Supplies
School Supplies 2
School Supplies 2
Dec 16, 2013

Bulletin News - December 2013

Tutoring Classes
Tutoring Classes


As the year is coming to an end, you can find amazing stories and events in this newsletter.

Did you know?

The education dropout rate for youth in these communities is 34%. Among the group of young people participating in Boy With a Ball's programs, the dropout rate is only 5.7%.

Aside from education rates, we measure resilience in the communities where we work using the following definition:

"[Resilience] is the belief held by an individual or team which allows them to overcome obstacles successfully without focusing on the possibility of failure, even when the odds are against them; as a result, those people with resiliency become quintessential examples of how to act positively in highly uncertain situations (E. Machacon, 2011; Lived Aspects, November-December 2010)."

On average, resilience is 65%  in Los Cuadros de Guadalupe and El Triángulo de la Solidaridad. 

This is what Boy With A Ball (BWAB) works for every week, every day, and every hour in order to bring hope to people facing difficult situations in at-risk communities. By believing in them and offering support not only changes their lives, but also builds a community that is home to healthier and more prosperous individuals.


December is a time of great joy and a time to share with loved ones. For many children in poverty, it is very difficult to find a gift in the Christmas tree. So this year we distributed 270 gifts for children and young people in the low-income housing projects of Guadalupe and Triangle of Solidarity.

In addition, we threw a holiday party for 200 children during which they enjoyed games and recreational activities. Each received a gift, food, and bags of candy. Our team at BWAB was quite moved to know that, for many, the party was an unforgettable experience.

School Supplies

We invite you to donate to BWAB to support our effort to deliver school supplies to children and youth from poor communities in January 2014.  Our goal is to compile and disseminate 400 packages of school supplies. A $20 contribution will help us provide one student with the supplies she or he needs for the year.

I entrepreneur

In November of this year, our project "Bakery in the Triangle "  became a finalist in the competition "I Entrepreneur," in which only 35 of 87 projects reached the final stage.

"Bakery in the Triangle" is a microenterprise of Boy With a Ball that seeks to train small businesses run by people from at-risk communities to provide jobs for women of all ages and technical training in baking for any member of the community. All net profits from the operation of the bakery will be reinvested in programs for social impact. Our goal is to scale up the project in other at-risk communities in Costa Rica.

Congratulations to all those who competed in I Entrepreneur and special thanks to Raquel Henriquez who led this project for BWAB!

Donors’ Day

A non-profit organization needs all the support of all those individuals and entities that generously offer their time to volunteer, their support networks, and their donations, among other types of assistance. To show our sincere thanks for their support, we hold an event for all those that collaborate with us to support our cause.  In November, we celebrated "Donor’s Day" by planning an outing with our volunteers and donors.  

We invited all donors to celebrate this day, including those who donated in the past.  Members of BWAB staff, residents from the communities, and volunteers attended, allowing donors to meet and share with beneficiaries of BWAB.

We thank all the people who attended and we hope to repeat this important activity next year. We invite you to be a recurrent donor through Global Giving in order to participate in this event!

Christmas Gifts
Christmas Gifts

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Boy With a Ball

San Antonio, TX, United States

Project Leader

Francini Rojas

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Buford, GA United States

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Map of Developing Costa Rican Squatter's Settlements