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.
Jun 8, 2016

We can show them that we care

Proyectos productivos
Proyectos productivos

Many coastal communities in Costa Rica continue to have the highest poverty numbers due to lack of investment by the Costa Rican government. Public safety, education, transportation, and healthcare are some of the services currently neglected in the Osa Peninsula in the southwest of Costa Rica. These communities have the lowest rate of development and the worst health indexes. Targeted improvements, such as improving school buildings, can go a long way. Children that attend schools in disrepair have lower attendance and worse grades[1]. Lower grades in school can contribute to lower self-confidence, and the lack of adequate education reduces access to future opportunities.  Together we can change this!  We can show the children of Osa Peninsula that we care, we can show them that we believe in them and they can, and will flourish with our support. We can be the spark.

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.

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.

This is our last year fundraising!  We need to raise $15,000 USD this month in order to get a matching donation from the Interamerican Foundation.

This will give the local communities at least $30,000 to invest in critical needs this year.  This is vital because this project is ending in June 2017. We will only have a year to allocate the money to the projects that will be the most effective in improving the life communities in the Osa Peninsula.  These communities desperately need investment in their future.

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. Communities are invited to participate and every year 4 or 5 projects receive $3000 USD in order to implement improvements for their communities.   If this effort is successful we will be providing funding to 10 projects altogether, which could build pedestrian bridges for rivers that today separate students from their schools, improve medical services, and fix school infrastructure.  We are uploading a pdf presentation that can better illustrate some of the community projects that have been financed in the past.   Take a look and pitch in.   You will truly make a difference in these communities.

 

 

[1] Durán-Narucki, V. (2008). School building condition, school attendance, and academic achievement in New York City public schools: A mediation model. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 28, 278–286

Improving a community based tourism trail
Improving a community based tourism trail
Community Center at El Progreso
Community Center at El Progreso

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May 3, 2016

Conservation through Artistic Expression.

The last three months has been a very busy time for the Corcovado Foundation’s environmental education program. Last year, our educators were working in eleven small public schools around the Osa Peninsula. Today we have expanded to 22 schools all along the South Pacific Coast which means that 441 children now attend our classes!

Most recently, we visited the village of Rancho Quemado and worked with kids and community members to create an adorable short film called “The path you choose is only up to you”. The students act out the story of a community which works to change their behavior and create a sustainable village. The kids used recycled materials to create their own costumes and props and we had a great time gluing and painting together.

By participating in recreational activities related to the environment, our students can use their creativity to develop a personal relationship with the natural world. The foundation’s art, film and music projects work to complement formal lessons and reinforce the children’s respect for and enjoyment of nature.

Over the last three months, 189 children from all over the south-west of Costa Rica have participated in at least one of our environmental education events. We have organized a trip to the Golfo Dulce Reef, participated in the planting of 100 trees, created community banners for the Bird Migration Festival, and lots more!

To help us with all of these achievements, we welcome a new long-term volunteer who has been a wonderful addition to the team. She has assisted with a range of activities including a new child leadership workshop called The Green Classroom.

This semester the students have focused on learning about the diversity of life on the planet and the symbiotic relationship between different forms of life in the ecosystem. We have also added a unit called “The Nature Detectives” to our curriculum in which students use creative problem-solving skills to solve environmental “mysteries”.

As you can see, we have been very busy bees!

Since the expansion of the program into 11 new locations, we need your help more than ever! Public schools, particularly in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica, have very few resources and we want to continue to support them by providing learning materials.

By making a donation to the Corcovado Foundation environmental education program you can contribute to school supplies, teacher salaries and most importantly, help to teach the conservation leaders of tomorrow. Many of the excursions and activities that we organize are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for our students- so please give what you can!

We will write again soon to let you know about all the exciting things we have planned for 2016, and we thank you for your continuing support!

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May 3, 2016

New Frontiers in Sea Turtle Conservation

As the 2016 sea turtle season rapidly approaches, our team has lots of exciting news for donors and volunteers alike. After ten years of sea turtle conservation in Drake Bay, we were able to achieve one of the most important goals of the program- handing over responsibility to the community.

Over the years, the Corcovado Foundation has focused on the employment and training of Drake Bay locals, looking forward to the day when they could run the program independently. This year, the community association ACOTPRO decided that it was time for them to take the reins and we couldn’t be more excited for them.

ACOTPRO now has 50 members trained in sea turtle conservation and 12 local families in the volunteer homestay network. They have developed their own website to recruit volunteers and they will be completely responsible for this in 2016 and beyond!

As for the Corcovado Foundation, after our first year patrolling in Rio Oro, we have plenty to keep us busy. The peaceful atmosphere of the accommodation at Hacienda Rio Oro was a huge hit with volunteers last year and in 2016 we are making it even better!

The upgrade includes a new rancho with plenty of space for hammocks, ping pong and one of the foundation’s favourite sports- volleyball! We will also be increasing the capacity of the camp to 30 with brand new “glamping” tents equipped with bunks, mosquito nets, balconies and shared ensuites.

We are also welcoming a new sea turtle conservation coordinator- Aida Garcìa Solà. Aida has worked both as a volunteer and assistant coordinator for the past 3 years and has a Masters in Oceanography and Marine Management. She has been a vital part of the team, with a rigorous approach to data collection and organization. In her new role, we know that she will make Rio Oro a huge success.

With all of the exciting changes to the sea turtle conservation program, 2015 was an expensive year for the foundation. Donors like you and grants from Pacsafe and The Rufford Foundation made it possible for us to have a record season with 196 volunteers and over 3000 nests. Unfortunately, we were not able to secure any grants for the 2016 program, making your support even more important.

We are hoping to raise at least $10,000 before the start of the sea turtle season in July and every single dollar donated will help. Whether the amount is large or small, your donation will go towards vital conservation equipment such as tags, gloves and data loggers. It will also help with essential running costs like transport and stipends for coordinators and research assistants.

As always, we will keep you updated with our progress throughout the year and we’ll be keeping an eye on our friends in Drake Bay too.

Thank you for your support!

one of the wonderful homestay families in ACOTPRO
one of the wonderful homestay families in ACOTPRO

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