Aug 6, 2015

Twenty Five Students Ready for School

Greeting the Successful 2015 Second Term Students
Greeting the Successful 2015 Second Term Students

 

Twenty Five CAA Scholarship Students Head Back to School Second Term

In July 2015, CAA Members greeted and congratulated 25 CAA scholarship students on making good grades in the first term, thereby re-establishing eligibility for scholarships for the second 2015 term. Many of these students are in their third year of the CAA Scholarship Program, and the commitment to education is obvious judging from their grades and these smiles!

And one new high school student joined the 24 existing scholarship students in a late first-term addition. Due to illness, the family needed help, and the Committee intervened to provide clothing, shoes, and school supplies for this third-year high school student, who is making good to excellent grades in most courses.  At the awards event, his mother offered a prayer of thanks for the wonderful people that made this help possible – her prayer goes out to all of our supporters!

This July 2015 award presentation event was a milestone in three other significant ways: First, this event was organized and directed by our 2015 University of Costa Rica Student Intern, Maria Fernanda Rojas, a student in the Programa de Trabajadores de Social, at UCR. Ms. Rojas is also a CAA Scholarship Student, our first university-level student.  Second, she and her supervisory social worker, Johanna Fernandez, conducted interviews with 4 students and parents who were experiencing difficulties with grades or at home. Ms. Fernandez and Ms. Rojas identified the barriers impacting the students’ scholastic performance and helped identify solutions. These personalized interviews and interventions represent a step forward in our Scholarship Program, moving beyond providing financial help to furnishing student/family specific guidance. Third, Ms. Rojas is gaining practical experience to prepare her for her future career as a licensed social-worker.

And most importantly, most of these students would not be in school today without your support! Almost $6500 in scholarships will be awarded in 2015, as we make steady improvements in our participation. Through your generosity and continued support, these children and others can count on educational assistance into 2016 and beyond, setting a solid foundation for economic security for their families in the years to come.

Andrea Welcomes a New High School Student
Andrea Welcomes a New High School Student
Johanna Fernandez (l), and Fernanda Rojas (r)
Johanna Fernandez (l), and Fernanda Rojas (r)
Jul 6, 2015

Meet Two of the Street Dogs Whose Lives You Saved!

Bitten on the face by a poisonous viper.
Bitten on the face by a poisonous viper.

We would like to introduce two of the street dogs in Costa Rica whose lives you recently saved with donations for emergency veterinary care.

Vincent, a six month old puppy, was bitten by a poisonous snake and had just hours to live when he was taken to Dogland and surrendered by the poor Nicaraguan family who had been feeding him scraps.  Anti-venon costs $80 for a series of four shots, which we were able to provide, and Vincent made a full recovery.  But that’s not the end of the story.  A family in Germany is adopting Vincent, making him twice blessed!

Deeno, a sweet terrier mix, was found with a broken front leg.  The bone was sticking through the fur, and appeared to have been infected for some time.  Attempts to save the leg were unsuccessful, but Deeno seems much happier after the amputation that relieved him of his pain, and he has no trouble running around and playing with his buddies at Dogland!  Deeno is available for adoption.

Thank you for helping us help them!  Every donation makes a difference in a life.

Saved by anti-venon!
Saved by anti-venon!
A badly broken leg protruding through the skin.
A badly broken leg protruding through the skin.
Just three legs, but a happy face!
Just three legs, but a happy face!
Jun 15, 2015

Hogarcito San Ramon Orphanage Takes Center Stage in Community

Thank you for caring
Thank you for caring

Thank You! You Are Making a Difference!  

Hogarcito San Ramon Orphanage Transportation Project is nearly half-way to goal! Together, twenty-four CAA members and their family, friends, and associates donated $2,460 through GlobalGiving and another $280 directly to the Hogaricto from San Ramon from locals. To add incentive, one CAA couple announced a 1:1 match to all donations up to $5,000!  With the match, project donations now total $5,480!

The rainy season has started once again and the children are facing afternoon deluges as they travel between the orphanage and school. Anyone who has experienced San Ramon's fierce lightning, bowling ball thunder, and torrential downpours can't help but have a healthy respect for children under 12 walking 90 minutes round trip to school. Keep in mind that the orphanage relies on donations to cover any transportation costs for these students - or for medical appointments.

What's more, PANI (Patronato Nacional de la Infancia) recently cut back funding for Hogarcito Tias (caregivers), which makes it even more important that a vehicle is acquired. Remember, the law requires a Tia to accompany a child walking to school. And with the school schedules staggered by grade, only one or two children are escorted at a time. Consequently, the children are robbed of a valuable care giver for many hours each day. With the purchase of a vehicle, the Tia's time will be used where it's really needed.

All to say, please continue sharing the project link http://goto.gg/20057 with family, friends, and associates. The Hogarcito needs your help!

As the first quarter of the Hogarcito fundraising project draws to a close, CAA would like to acknowledge the significant contribution by CA members Jim and Linda Beasley. In the span of six months, they have made a great impact in our community by volunteering their time and money for the benefit of the children of the Hogarcito.  It is their infectious enthusiasm and outreach that initiated this project, and that has engaged many members of our community to help the orphanage. Thank you Jim and Linda!

Yes! We're going to get a car
Yes! We're going to get a car
We see a car in our future!
We see a car in our future!
Thank you for donating
Thank you for donating
 
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