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
May 5, 2015

23 Young Students Are In School Because You Care!

Young Scholarship Student in English Class
Young Scholarship Student in English Class

Congratulations to CAA’s scholarship students of 2015, shown above at the February, 2015 presentation event at San Ramon’s Museo Regional.  Nineteen elementary and four high school students received their scholarship folders and, along with their parents, committed to focus on education during the coming year. 

Thanks to the support of a wide variety of donors, including several very helpful recurring donations, our 23 scholarship students are busy in their first semester of the 2015 school year, getting smarter by the day!  Most of these students would not be in school this semester without your generosity. We hope to help these students be even more successful this year by initiating mid-semester visits with the scholarship students and their families to help students stay on track, and to identify any special required to help ensure their academic success.

We paid $2,277.00 to three participating retail merchants for school essentials (shoes, uniforms, and school supplies) for our scholarship students to start the first semester, and expect to provide approximately $2,000.00 in June, prior to the start of the second semester in July. These merchants are partnering with CAA by offering significant discounts on school items based on CAA’s volume purchases.

Global Giving disbursements to date to this project have totaled $3,971.00; whichprovides a major portion of the scholarships granted to the 23 eligible students for the academic year. The CAA Education Committee is also busy with other fund-raising efforts, including a very successful Spanish-language book sale on the San Ramon campus of the University of Costa Rica Campus, as well as an English-language book sale held in San Ramon. Both book sales raised nearly $2,000. With the current and ongoing donations from Global Giving, we look forward to continuing to serve (X number) of students. Without the generosity of Global Giving donors from the US, Canada, Costa Rica, most of these students would not be in school today. Your donations make a real difference in these students' lives and in the greater community of San Ramon and in Costa Rica. Their future is brighter thanks to your support.

It would be fair to say that almost all of our scholarship children would not be in school today if it were not for the generosity of supporters from Costa Rica, Canada, and the USA.  Please consider supporting this worthy cause with a recurring gift - education may be the biggest game changer in these young lives, and with your help, we can make a difference.

One of Our Students Students Giving Her Report
One of Our Students Students Giving Her Report
CAA's 2015 Scholarship Recipients
CAA's 2015 Scholarship Recipients
 
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