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.
Apr 7, 2016

Women Day in Santa Juana

Girls at the Sta Juana School
Girls at the Sta Juana School

These are times in which many institutions and organizations are striving to transform the world in order to correct world problems as hunger, poverty and climate change.  The United Nations Development Program has established a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity and turns out “to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” is one of the main goals of the program.   And there is a good reason for that:  The money received by a woman is almost always immediately invested on direct family needs.   Women often lead their families by example with such matters as healthy diets, recycling and many other important issues. 

 

March 8 was International Women's Day and we celebrated it in Santa Juana, in order to create awareness about the importance of social, economic, cultural and political improvements for women, as well as their achievements and contributions. 

 At the village of Santa Juana we celebrate and encourage women because we believe in their power, their importance as mothers, as workers, and leaders. Every day in our rural community, where our Guided Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Tour and Lodge operate, we see the power and the commitment of women.  These women are local leaders, who participate in their community development by supporting the local development association, the school board and other local committees.   They are also income providers in their homes.  But they don’t only provide income; they also provide love, support, and care to their families.

 As part of the Santa Juana Community Support Fund, donations from several resources, including GlobalGiving, Pack for a Purpose, Travel Cents, and cash donations made by guests at the project, has invested also in women’s development by providing funding for materials, equipment and training for new economic activities.   For example, thanks to contributions from people like you, we are soon opening a computer lab, where women and the rest of the community can learn a new skill that will open new doors for their future.  

Mar 10, 2016

We celebrate women every day!

Grupo de Mujeres de la Esperanza
Grupo de Mujeres de la Esperanza

March 8 is the International Women's Day.  It is a global day creating awareness about the importance of social, economic, cultural and political improvements for women, as well as their achievements and contributions.  The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and in the midst of all these changes women starting to claim for equal rights. 

At the Corcovado Foundation we celebrate and encourage women because we believe in their power, their importance as mothers, as workers, and leaders. Every day in rural communities, where our organization works, we see the power and the commitment of women:   The money received by a woman is almost always immediately invested on direct family needs.   Women often lead their families by example with such matters as healthy diets, recycling and many other important issues.

As part of the Osa Community Support Fund, the foundation has invested in women’s development by providing funding for materials, equipment and training for new economic activities. Last year, we provided support to La Esperanza Women Group in Rancho Quemado. This group of women works with fique art crafts such as bags, mats and other products.  Fique has been used for many centuries to make all kinds of things such as ropes and sandals.  These women are not only rediscovering an ancient craft and culture, but also they are bringing extra income to their families. This is only one of the many groups our organization has supported through the Osa Community Fund.

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.  

women doing their craft
women doing their craft
Cabuya plant/Fique
Cabuya plant/Fique
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
 
   

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