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.
Jan 1, 2017

Thank you and happy 2017!

As the year comes to an end, I am counting my blessings and you and your support has been one of them.    Here are some of the main accomplishments of 2016, and they were all possible because of your contribution:

  • The environmental education program reached 325 children from 22 schools every two months.
  • We worked with 68 teenagers in 3 workshops, to analyze with them ways to stop violence against women and children, and sexual education.
  • 82 formal teachers received training about environmental education and how to teach and educate children to become more respectful and sensitive towards the environment.   Due to this training process, more than a 1000 children are now receiving formal training.
  • 6 environmental children groups were formed and are meeting weekly in 4 different communities, supporting environmental efforts such a beach and rivers cleanups and recycling.
  • Among other successes, we should mention also our turtle conservation program, which protected more than 2000 nests at the Rio Oro Wildlife Reserve and therefore ensure the survival of an estimate of 99,000 baby turtles that made it to the sea. 

Wishing you a wonderful 2017 full of happiness, health, peace and adventure,

 

Alejandra Monge

Corcovado Foundation.

 

Dec 13, 2016

Thank you, happy Holidays and may 2017 be great!

Thank you and Happy Holidays!  May 2017 be full of light and wonderful things for you and your loved ones!! 

This report was due yesterday December 9th… unfortunately our office was broken in and the computer we were working on among other equipment and the few cash we had was stolen, so we are starting all over again.   I must say that this year has been difficult!  Getting broken in for the third time, having a hard time getting funding and the Hurricane Otto, which was the first hurricane ever recorded to make land fall in Costa Rica… has been a huge challenge… for me trying to keep the programs alive and for our team on the field that face getting their computers stolen with all their work and personal stuff, being isolated by the flooding during the hurricane, facing sometimes threats from parents (that resent that their children won’t go hunting with them anymore) … the list goes on and on.  

Working in communities where economic alternatives are scarce and the government institutions have little to no presence, not only puts a lot of pressure on the natural resources, but on the quality of life for local people. Unfortunately, those that are not integrated in society either poach on turtles eggs, hunt and poison rivers to extract fresh water shrimps or resort to burglary and crime.  

Despite all these challenges and the personal risks that sometimes living and working in these communities can involve, our team of biologists, volunteers and environmental educators have not stopped working to fight for what they believe in.  Somebody asked me one time… “how is it possible that your organization does so much with so little staff and funding”… my response was 90% of our staff has first been a volunteer and have demonstrated a huge commitment to their cause. They are relentless on their efforts and they work really hard.  When I see their passion for our cause, I do everything I can to keep them.   That is true for our turtle project coordinator, our social worker and for our environmental educators.  I am inspired by them every single day. They are the ones that have motivated me to stay up in the middle of the night writing grants to maintain the programs alive for the last 15 years.

These last six months have been interesting for our program: “Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Millennium”.   We know that millennials will be facing the challenges that our generation and past generations failed to fix.  Climate change and its impacts will be a more common thing every year. Let’s be honest, communities like El Progreso or Drake Bay will not change the course of Global Warming… but they need leaders to be able to prevent the impact that global warming will produce in these coastal communities.  Coastal adaption will be key, but to adapt communities will need leaders that are aware of the importance of forest, mangroves to prevent and curtail the impacts of floodings and landsslides and that know how to deal will emergencies and organize their communities.

We have poured our efforts in building leadership qualities in those children and teenagers that show interest in the environment and its surroundings.  In the last months, we have empowered youth groups to organize camping trips.  They do all the planning and they raise funding for the trip.  Once they raise money we match their funding. One of our environmental educators facilitates all the meetings and travel with them as a chaperon.  This opportunity in the forest is always a great chance to talk about the services of the forest and also to encourage team building, leadership, collaboration and other wonderful values and qualities needed for positive leadership.

We are working with 4 childrens groups with a total of 31 kids and 2 youth groups with 16 kids.  Altogether they have had 44 meetings and several trips.   We believe that these kids not only will learn to love their environment, but will promote better communities and more integrated that will not only be able to face the challenges of global warming, but also the needs of their communities.   We have also been working tutoring children in schools in order to help them pass school and make it to high school. Education is key to prevent poverty and therefore reduce the crime and the pressure on the natural resources. 

It is hard to explain the feeling of gratitude that overcomes me every time somebody donates to our projects.  I have been trying to share with our donors what it means to be in this side… working with so little resources and wishing we could do more for our communities and once more asking for help and funding.   In my job, it seems an endless task…  Therefore, regardless of the size of the donation, I get excited every time:  Your contributions help us maintain our projects and your vote of trust lift our spirits and help us to keep fighting.  It is hard to do this when you feel that you are all alone, that nobody sees what you or your team does.  But when somebody donates to our cause, it is a push to keep it up.  These have been hard times.  And we appreciate your trust through these years.

I know that there are so many worthy causes out there.  So many organizations in need!  That’s is why I am especially grateful that you decided to donate to our organization.   On behalf of our team, I want to express my deepest gratitude for your generous donation and I want to encourage you to keep informed of our activities and program through our facebook page at www.facebook.com/funcorco.  Please help us help more communities by making a donation to this project on Globalgiving. 

Dec 6, 2016

Thank you, happy Holidays and may 2017 be great!

Corcovado Foundation staff working with children
Corcovado Foundation staff working with children

It is hard to explain the feeling of gratitude that overcomes me every time somebody donates to our projects.  I have been trying to share with all our donors what it means to be in this side… working with so little resources and wishing we could do more for our communities and once more asking for help and funding.   In my job, it seems an endless task…  Therefore, regardless of the size of the donation, I get excited every time:  Your contributions help us maintain our projects and your vote of trust lift our spirits and help us to keep fighting.  It is hard to do this when you feel that you are all alone, that nobody sees what you or your team does.  But when somebody donates to our cause, it is a push to keep it up.  These have been hard times.  And we appreciate your trust through these years.

It has been a similar case for the communities that receive funding from the Osa Community Support Fund (FACOSA).  When there is no funding, groups seem disengaged and unmotivated.  But when funding comes, it motivates them to raise more funds and push further their projects.   I have seen them double and sometimes triple the amount of money we have offered them.  And then add their labor to make a project succeed.  Not only that, they feel cared for, they feel somebody trusted them and it is hard to put a value on that.

This last semester we raised enough funding to support the local school of El Progreso. This school needs lots of improvements to their roof, their toilets and their water pipes.  This school provides education to 25 children in this community.   The school sits in the middle of this sleepy town, forgotten by the government and in desperate need of repairs.  With the support of the FACOSA and the labor of the parents: children and teachers will soon have a better place to attend the lessons.  

FACOSA will be funding $3000 USD for the improvements needed.  The school parent teacher board will also do some events to raise the additional funding required.  It is moving to see the parents working so hard and it is an honor to be able to help them.

This is our last semester administrating this fund, after June 2017 our project with the Interamerican Foundation will end and we won’t be able to match any more donations.  But any donation that you make to our organization before June 2017, can be match 1 to 1 by the Interamerican Foundation.   

The Osa Community Fund has allocated $38,000 USD dollars to community development ranging from funding micro projects to building drinking water systems in isolated communities. This project has helped many communities to greatly improve their quality of life. The Osa Community Fund was created by our organization with funding from the InterAmerican Foundation earmarked for community projects.  These monies will be given to grass roots groups after they have committed to match the value of the donation by providing man-hours, or similar inputs to the project.  Due of the nature of this funding The Corcovado Foundation does not charge one dollar for its administration. Not having overhead costs means a larger investment in the communities we serve.

I know that there are so many worthy causes out there.  So many organizations in need!  That’s is why I am especially grateful that you decided to donate to our organization.   On behalf of our team, I want to express my deepest gratitude for your generous donation and I want to encourage you to keep informed of our activities and program through our facebook page at www.facebook.com/funcorco.  Please help us help more communities by making a donation to this project on Globalgiving.

We can demonstrate to the children of Osa Peninsula that we care and we can show them that we believe in them.

 
   

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