Educational support in Mal Pais, Costa Rica

 
$12,878
$2,122
Raised
Remaining
Apr 15, 2011

Art classes and a volunteer teacher at Mal Pais

Sara teaching
Sara teaching

We are so excited to welcome Sara Appino to the project team. Sara has been teaching at the Mal Pais School since the beginning of the School year. Her students are already showing some amazing results and happy faces!

We have also now introduced Art Classes to Mal Pais school, which have been well received by students, parents and the School Director. All materials and resources for the classes are from donations and the class is staffed by volunteer Celina Otero-Monsegur and Sonya. We've been so inspired by the students Art so far, we're looking forward to hosting a fundraiser Art Show in the near future and also entering the National Art festival, which is coming up soon. New research has shown that Art plays an equally important role in education, so we're excited with this new change in the students curriculum. I think you'll agreed the Mal Pais students are a talented bunch. Please enjoy the photo's.
Happy faces!
Happy faces!
A proud artist!
A proud artist!
Hard at work
Hard at work
Jan 26, 2011

Playground at the Mal Pais public school

Mal Pais Playground
Mal Pais Playground
The playground is now in place at Mal Pais Public School, this marks the first playground in the area. So as you can imagine it's been full of happy faces since it's placement at the beginning of November. The community and Mal Pais Public School, gives a big Thanks to Barbara and Jon for all their efforts and for sponsoring the event. Also a special thanks to the local Super chefs - Spencer and Billy of Flora Blanca Hotel, Jim from Soma and Jon of Brisas Del Mar.
This fun event brought the community together and the result of the playground now in place at the school, has not only provided a place for the local children to play, but also facilitates a space where the community can come together and parents can support each other.

We still have much more fundraising ahead of us - a new standard classroom will cost $25,000, but each fundraiser will bring us closer to our goal and closer together as a community.

Oct 3, 2010

Local community fundraiser for the project

The Super Chefs!
The Super Chefs!

Recently the community held a fundraiser at local restaurant Brisas del Mar aimed specifically to build a playground located within the grounds of the Mal Pais Public School. Well, needless to say, the event was a smashing success. Thanks to the generosity of our local community, not to mention the hard work of our volunteer Super Chefs, Jon, Spencer, Jim and Billy, we raised just enough money to have the playground ready for the children to enjoy at the beginning of November 2010. The show of support for this event was fabulous, and shows much promise for future events and future local fundraising!

Working on the line...
Working on the line...
Guests arriving and children playing
Guests arriving and children playing
Sep 1, 2010

Community clean up at Mal Pais

Local student Mal Pais Costa Rica
Local student Mal Pais Costa Rica

On August 22nd we had our first Community clean up at the School of Mal Pais. The day was a hot one, and the surf was cranking!!! But the Community showed their support, and kept coming throughout the day with shovels, rakes, plants and wheel barrows. All Materials were donated to the school, and the volunteers quickly set to work. We managed to collect a truck-load full of rubbish from the school grounds. Exposed electrical wires and water tubes were buried, a concrete floor was laid and we planted young trees around the whole grounds, plants and flowers. Students of the school collected fallen branches, while the youngest collected twigs and helped rake fallen leaves. In Costa Rica, when the grass grows and the grounds are un-kept, local snakes move in!!!

Local community member Dona Martha made a huge pot of Arroz con Pollo (chicken and rice) for all the workers, and parents brought delicious baked goods to share. The day was a great success, with a head count of over forty!!!

There is still a tremendous amount of work to do at the school, but this day showed there isn't a shortage of volunteers within the community, willing to donate their labour and support the project. As donated funds allow for new materials, the Community, parents and students, will continue to work!!!

Re-roofing the school is next on the list...

Local residents volunteering at the school
Local residents volunteering at the school
Toilets and roofing still need repairing
Toilets and roofing still need repairing
Handmade sign in the school
Handmade sign in the school

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Ross Deans

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