Mar 24, 2021

We are on track to fulfill our goal!

Your support ignites new educational opportunities
Your support ignites new educational opportunities

Dear friends and donors of Fundación Omar Dengo,

 

Thanks to your kind contributions, we are on track to soon updating the electrical components and installing a new photovoltaic system at the primery school of Alto Guaymí, in Punta Burica, Puntarenas.

 

We have scheduled to start making the electrical improvement at the school in May 2021, and completing the installation of an off-grid photovoltaic system in August 2021. This system will consist of a set of solar panels, inverter and battery bank to power computer equipment that the National Program of Educational Informatics MEP-FOD is making available to the school.

 

Your amazing contributions through GlobalGiving, along with support from other individuals and partners in Costa Rica and around the World, has allowed us to reach about 47% of our goal. This contribution will help us boost education in this indigenous school located at the Southern border of Costa Rica.

 

As part of our work, between March 12 and 15, 2021, a team of technicians from Fundación Omar Dengo visited the school. As expected, our technicians reviewed the old 3kw photovoltaic system installed at the school 7 years ago. This old system was installed by the Ministry of Public Education and only has three solar panels and currently, it is in very bad shape. Our team is planning to update the current electrical infrastructure during the May visit, and then install a high-end photovoltaic system that will respond to the needs of the students, the community and the equipment installed through the National Program for Educational Informatics (PRONIE MEP-FOD).

 

The pictures in this report also show the ordeal and difficulty to travel to the school. During the March visit, the team traveled on a small boat for one hour, follow by an 8 km-long horseback ride to arrive to the school. This is only possible during the dry season, as the horseback ride is through the riverbed.

 

Once again, thank you for your contribution and please remember to share our project with family and friends to help us reach our goal!

 

 

  

¡Estamos en camino para alcanzar nuestra meta!

 

Estimados/as amigos/as y donantes de la Fundación Omar Dengo,

 

Gracias a su amable contribución, estamos encaminados para actualizar, muy pronto, los componentes eléctricos, y la instalación de un nuevo sistema fotovoltaico en la escuela primaria de Alto Guaymí, Punta Burica, Puntarenas.

 

Hemos calendarizado el inicio de la actualización eléctrica para el mes de mayo, y completar la instalación del sistema fotovoltaico en agosto de 2021. Este sistema estará compuesto por un conjunto de paneles solares, inversor y banco de baterías que permitirán alimentar de energía limpia los equipos informáticos que el Programa Nacional de Informática Educativa MEP-FOD pone a disposición de la escuela.

 

Los aportes que han hecho a nuestra causa a través de GlobalGiving, así como el apoyo de otras personas y socios de la Fundación en Costa Rica y alrededor del mundo, nos ha permitido alcanzar cerca del 47% de nuestra meta. Esta contribución nos ayudará a impulsar la educación en esta escuela indígena ubicada en la frontera sur de Costa Rica.

 

Como parte de nuestro trabajo, entre el 12 y el 15 de marzo de 2021, un equipo de técnicos eléctricos de la Fundación Omar Dengo visitó la escuela. Nuestros técnicos revisaron el antiguo sistema fotovoltaico de 3kw de capacidad instalado en la escuela hace 7 años. Este antiguo sistema fue instalado por el Ministerio de Educación Pública y solo cuenta con tres paneles solares. Actualmente se encuentra en muy mal estado. El equipo de la Fundación tiene previsto actualizar la infraestructura eléctrica actual durante la visita de mayo, para luego instalar un sistema fotovoltaico moderno que responda a las necesidades de las y los estudiantes, la comunidad y el equipamiento instalado a través del Programa Nacional de Informática Educativa (PRONIE MEP- FOD).

 

Al mismo tiempo, las imágenes que pueden observar en este informe muestran la dificultad para llegar a este centro educativo. Durante la visita de marzo, el equipo viajó en un bote pequeño durante una hora, para luego viajar a caballo por 8 Km antes de llegar a la escuela. Esto solo es posible durante la época seca, ya que el viaje a caballo es por el cauce del río.

 

De nuevo, queremos agradecerles por todos sus aportes, y recordarles que por favor compartan nuestro proyecto con amistades y familiares para así seguir colaborando con nuestro objetivo.

Travel by sea and land to reach the Guaymi school
Travel by sea and land to reach the Guaymi school
Primary school at Alto Guaymi indigenous community
Primary school at Alto Guaymi indigenous community
Guaymi primary school. Punta Burica, Puntarenas.
Guaymi primary school. Punta Burica, Puntarenas.
Feb 1, 2021

Gearing up to provide new training opportunities!

Dear friends,

 

The start of a new year brings new opportunities to impact our beneficiaries. The year 2020 was very particular and challenging period, nevertheless, we are grateful for the support we received from you. Currently, 63 donors have supported our call, allowing us to reach a 52% of our original financial target.

During the past year, as much as we wanted to execute training workshops for young women with disabilities, the situation made it difficult for us to implement face-to-face robotics workshops without risking our beneficiaries. However, with the start of 2021, we expect that the chances of implementing new training workshops will improve.

At the same time, our technical team has been working on adapting our training programs from face-to-face modalities to virtual and at-distance modes to benefit young women with disabilities. To fulfill this commitment, we are going to start training young women with disabilities through adapted virtual courses on STEM-related matters.

We greatly appreciate all of your support during these demanding times, helping us improve the quality and equity of educational opportunities for young women with disabilities.

Oct 7, 2020

The best efforts come from our collaboration!

Robotics for young women on our social networks
Robotics for young women on our social networks

Dear friends,

 

Throughout history, our societies have dealt with uncertainty thousands of times. This is part of our human nature and even today, while changes happen as fast as the ticking of a clock, we at the Omar Dengo Foundation (FOD) are sure that these challenges and uncertainties always end up bringing the best in all of us. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, FOD has been working on the adaptation of its programs, projects and activities, to respond to the current situation. In coordination with Costa Rica´s Ministry of Public Education (MEP) and other partners, FOD continues working on the execution of educational initiatives to strengthen educational informatics, computational thinking and STEAM subjects within the public educational system of the country.

 

At the same time, we want to thank the efforts that GlobalGiving is doing to support its community, allowing all of us, the GlobalGiving family, to thrive even in uncertain times. FOD has been participating in Webinars, the GlobalGiving´s Fundraising Academy and fundraising campaigns such as Little by Little as a preparation to this year´s Giving Day. Hoping that soon enough, we will be able to continue executing our Robotics Workshops for young women with disabilities.

 

As always, we appreciate all of your support and we will keep all of you posted of our advancements towards bringing educational opportunities to young women with disabilities!

 
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