Corcovado Foundation

Mission The Corcovado Foundation is a key player in the strengthening of the protected wild areas, the promotion of environmental education, sustainable tourism and community participation throughout the sustainable use of the natural resources in the South Pacific area of Costa Rica.
Feb 9, 2016

2015 - a season exceeding all expectations!

A volunteer absorbing the nature of Rio Oro
A volunteer absorbing the nature of Rio Oro

In 2015, the program took on a whole new level of responsibility, as we headed to the pristine wilderness of the Rio Oro National Wildlife Refuge for the first time. We had been trying to raise funds to set up a project at this beach for many years, and thanks to donations from individuals like you (and major funding from Pacsafe and the Rufford Foudation) we were finally able to realize that dream in July 2015. What we found was a nesting site of undoubted major importance, but one that was visited not just by sea turtles but also a huge number of poachers. They were somewhat surprised to see us there as the beach had remained abandoned for many years and it was well known locally that Rio Oro was the place to go to take sea turtle eggs.

 

It is difficult to tell exactly how many nests they took before, but suffice to say about half of all the nests poached during the 2015 season were taken within the first three weeks. After that, the number rapidly dropped off as more and more poachers realized that we were there to stay, and so our presence functioned as a very efficient deterrent to the less determined of poachers.

 

In the end just 0.7% of nests were taken, which is a huge success (in Drake Bay around 10% are lost every year). The best part was just how many nests we found – over 3,000 were registered in six months, and some nights over 200 turtles would crawl from the sea in just a few hours! What a privilege to have worked there! Here are just a couple of the comments from the record 196 volunteers who came to work with us this year, many more can be found here: http://cfseaturtles.blogspot.com/

 

“The Corcovado Sea Turtle conservation program was a very unique experience filled with great people and great memories. It is gratifying to feel as if I have made a difference even though it made be small...every little bit helps. Meeting new people, observing turtles and making long lasting memories are things that I will never forget. I have only positive things to say about my turtle time in Drake Bay and Rio Oro.” - Ange Mariano

“My time at Rio Oro was magical. I can´t explain the beauty or tranquillity of the place. I saw vacant beaches and rainforests filled with turtles, toucans and anteaters.  I also formed friendships that will last a lifetime. The whole program is a must!” – Anonymous

 

“If technology was ever missed, it was soon forgotten by the magnitude of everything around you, and if anything it has begun to feel almost like a hindrance to experiencing real life. Would we had paid as much attention to the sound of the jungle had we been able to watch movies in our down time? Or been as impressed by the sheer volume of water that can suddenly erupt from the sky? This place has a wealth of intelligent, passionate people, scenes of sheer beauty that leave you in awe and 'things-to-do' that will inspire you and encourage you to reflect on more than just the superficial.” – Ada Poulsson

 

We couldn’t agree more, and we can’t wait to get started in Rio Oro again in July 2016. The program has lots more surprises in store too as we expand and diversify the activities we offer to volunteers. There is exciting news from Drake Bay as well, and so we will write again very soon to tell you all about it.

 

In the meantime we wish to thank you all so much for your extraordinary support and generosity this year, and we look forward to telling you all about our hopes and dreams for the 2016 season, and how we can convert your donation dollars into major conservation achievements and tangible socio-economic benefits for rural communities in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.

 

Images courtesy of the volunteers J

 

Thank you!

Volunteers at the turtle camp in Drake Bay
Volunteers at the turtle camp in Drake Bay
A baby Olive Ridley turtle on Rio Oro beach
A baby Olive Ridley turtle on Rio Oro beach
A volunteer with an Olive Ridley turtle at sunrise
A volunteer with an Olive Ridley turtle at sunrise
Feb 5, 2016

Shinning stars

This December we all enjoyed an awesome experience.   We were able to plan and produce an amazing field trip for 50 of the children in some of the local communities that we work with.   The trip was planned also as a way to celebrate with the children the end of the school year.   We invited the members of 6 of the youth groups that we have formed and supported for the last year and a half.  These groups of children are committed to protect the environment and help their communities diminish their impact on their surroundings.  

 

This experience was completely new for most of the children that attended the activity and made them extremely happy.   It is hard to describe the immense pleasure that these children experienced and the excitement of the previous days. We had to answer a million questions about what to bring and what to wear.   And then, it was so hard to make them to go to bed, these guys were so excited and so happy they didn’t want to waste time by going to bed.  Doing things that they had never done before like going to the movies or going to the museum changed their lives.

 

The objective of the camp was to build leadership among children and showing them the difference between a good leader and a bad leader.   But the event was so much more than that.  It was an exchange of experiences among the different youth groups, what do they do, what are their challenges.   This event helped them see some of the small wonders of the world, and what one can accomplish as a person, as a group and as a community.

 

Ten years ago, when we had the needed funding, we conducted a similar outing with the youth group in Drake Bay.  Today these kids are all local leaders, self-employed, and entrepreneurs.  They shine over other people of their generation and in their community. We are hopeful that this generation of youth will shine just as brightly.

Dec 16, 2015

We need your help this year more than ever.

Traditional Farm
Traditional Farm

We need your help to maintain this program!

This is the season of giving, and we hope that you, who have known our projects and their huge impact, will find in your heart to keep helping these communities.

Hundreds of people in Osa Peninsula has benefitted from the Osa Community Fund.  This fund is fed with donations from people like you, sitting at home and wondering how to make the world a better place, without having to embark in a mission trip or a volunteer program. Your donations will be match by the Interamerican Foundation one to one, and our organization will not charge a single coin for selecting, supporting and overseeing worthy projects that will change the life of many people in the Osa Peninsula.

In the past our organization allocated more than $22,000 USD in donations to a dozen of small projects in communities such as Rancho Quemado, El Progreso, Agujitas and La Tarde, in the Osa Peninsula.  But there are many more needs to be covered and very limited funding. There are schools that need roofs, rivers without bridges that challenge brave children on their way to school, water systems to be built, and more.

The Corcovado Foundation is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable use of natural resources as a way to alleviate the pressure that exists on the priceless natural resources of the Osa Peninsula.  The Corcovado Foundation is responsible for the administration of the funds and the monitoring of the projects without adding any additional cost.  Therefore, every dollar collected goes directly to support community projects. 

However, this 2015 has been tough for our organization.  This year our staff has been prolific… 4 new children were born in 2015.  Costa Rica’s law protects women with 4 months of paid maternity leave.  There are 4 new children that under the care of sensitive parents, will surely become environmental leaders.   However, 4 mothers out on maternity leave are 50% of our staff gone for 4 months.    So, we have been understaffed, and therefore not able to follow up on the fundraising efforts we undertake every year. 

We need your help this year more than ever.  Make a donation today, large or small, and help us show this underprivileged community, people in the world care. 

traditional farm 2
traditional farm 2

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