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 26, 2015

Making the world a better place bit by bit

Every rainy season children from the town of El Progreso head to Agujitas to attend high school.   This 45 minute walk or 10 minute car drive is quite pleasant, if it is not raining. The issue with the rain, has very little to do with getting wet and a lot to do with putting their lives in danger crossing the Drake River that stands between their home town and their high school. I have witnessed school children cross the river with the water up to their chest, because once the water gets too high, cars refuse to give it a try. So the young students and the locals are left on their own. I am surprised that nobody has lost their life crossing this river.

With little access to infrastructure and education children in this area have to take chances or they have the greatest excuse in the world to drop out of school. We know what dropping out of school means for most people: The perpetuation of the poverty cycle in the communities and their families, and an unsustainable and unjust world.

The foundation mission states: We strive to increase the protection of wild areas, promote environmental education, sustainable tourism and community participation through the sustainable use of natural resources in the South Pacific area of Costa Rica. However in order toimprove participation in nature conservation, we need to improve the communities quality of life, and open their alternatives for education and economic stability.

The Osa Community Fund was created by our organization to put money aside 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, materials or similar to the project.

Raising funding for the Osa Community Fund or as we call it FACOSA, hasn’t been easy. Last December we engaged in an’’ End of the Year Challenge’’ with Globalgiving in order to raise funding and awareness about the Osa Community Fund.   We raised $ 1,750 USD. Our goal was to raise $3000 USD for the fund. Although we fell short of our goal, we are happy and grateful and thank the friends and philanthropists who pitched in to help us raise this money.

The much needed monies will be added to funds previously raised to finance more community projects.  One of the projects already presented by the Development Association of El Progreso, is to build a much needed walking bridge for the Drake River. We have published an invitation to help with this project in facebook and posters have been placed in stores, schools and other public spaces.

We want to thank you for your donations. Your donations maintain this fund and allow us to be more active and focused on the needs of communities. The foundation is always short on cash, but we offer our technical support, fundraising efforts and follow up on the detail to ensure that every dollar that you donate has a huge impact. Not one cents is charged for our costs. We donate all of our time and expenses.  We are all partners in making the world a little bit better, bit by bit!

Thank you

Feb 18, 2015

Help us to protect a paradise from poachers!

Volunteers learning how to build sea turtle nests
Volunteers learning how to build sea turtle nests

As the sea turtle conservation program celebrates its tenth birthday, the 2015 season promises to be the most ambitious that the program has ever attempted. In addition to providing continued support to help the community of Drake Bay to protect their sea turtles, the program will set up a new field station at the remote Río Oro beach – the most important sea turtle nesting beach in the Osa Peninsula. The program is also applying to monitor the sea turtles nesting on Sirena beach inside the Corcovado National Park, and so one nesting beach could become three during 2015!

 

This is hugely exciting progress and successful efforts have been made to find funding for these projects; but as ever there are big gaps, and the program looks to private donations to cover those costs that grant providers just don’t like to fund.

 

We need money in order to provide a stipend to the biologists who selflessly provide their time and efforts as Coordinators. These guys go beyond the call of duty on a daily basis to ensure that the turtles are protected and the program’s objectives are delivered, and we simply want to cover their expenses during their stay. They deserve so much more.

 

There is currently no funding at all for the Drake Bay project in 2015, and so we seek donations in order to offer a small salary to those locals who dedicate their time to patrol the beaches, guard the hatchery at night, and look after the international volunteers.

 

We also need to find money for food and delivery costs, and for the transportation of materials and waste (and volunteers) to and from the remote Río Oro field station, since this will add up to be a huge expense over nine months.

 

Private donors are uniquely placed to support our efforts in this way, so please help us to start the campaign with everything we need to make it a success. Join the effort alongside our volunteers and the local community to bring an end to poaching in the Osa!

 

Thank you!

 

 

Drake Beach

Since 2006, the program has protected 90% of sea turtle nests in Drake Bay. Through the establishment of a dedicated community association, ACOTPRO, and the implementation of environmental education in local schools, the program has also succeeded in changing the attitudes of local people toward their natural resources. With support from the program, ACOTPRO has now developed its own homestay network, volunteer program and several community-based tours, and the association is prepared to assume responsibility for the conservation effort in Drake Bay. It is anticipated that the 2015 nesting season will be the last directly supported by the program.

 

Río Oro Beach

Having bourn witness to these achievements in Drake Bay, the Ministry for the Environment (MINAET) and the Corcovado Sea Turtle Conservation Committee (COTORCO) have invited the program to protect sea turtles nesting in the Río Oro National Wildlife Refuge, and emulate the successes of the program in Drake Bay with the community of Río Oro/Carate. This will be the first time ever that the sea turtles will have been routinely protected at this extremely vulnerable and globally important Olive Ridley Lepidochelys olivacea) and Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) nesting site.

 

Sirena Beach

This small stretch of sand located at the heart of the Corcovado National Park is a nesting habitat for Olive Ridley, Green and Hawksbill sea turtles, and is a wild ecosystem situated far away from any towns or villages. How many turtles nest here, how many nests do they lay, and what is the impact of natural predators on the population? Nobody knows! And so MINAET have offered the opportunity to conservation organizations to compete for the honor of answering these questions. The program aims to win this competition in 2015 and looks forward to creating new knowledge about this pristine wilderness.

Jan 6, 2015

The Inauguration of Santa Juana Lodge

Trapiche
Trapiche

With all the popular feedback requesting that the Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure include overnight accommodations, the decision was made with the community to build a comfortable village lodge on the highest hilltop overlooking Manuel Antonio National Park. With a set of plans and building permits, a team was created of local workers, and contractors from the town of Quepos, to construct the new lodge. So for the first time the destination can now hosts up to 6 families as guests, between four spacious Cabins and a two-bedroom house with a nightly rate including meals in the new rancho, El Mirador. So far 5 contracts have been signed for Yoga Retreats, Swiss and German birdwatcher groups, and for individual couples and families. Included is the regular tour to visit the school, sugar cane mill with its giant oxen, guided jungle trails, waterfalls, Tilapia ponds, and options to ride Severino’s farm horses that he cares for along with his massive oxen. Dona Julia is now in charge of Lodge Housekeeping, and shares with Roxana the responsibility of cooking the amazing Campesino meals for the tours and new menu for the Lodge guests.

 

Greentique Hotel management company has developed a new website, http://santajuanalodge.com and Facebook, offering local activities and a Coffee tour of the famous plantations of Los Santos. We truly look forward to creating more reasons to visit and discover the rural culture and genuine hospitality with exceptional Costa Rica experiences provided by the community who share their way of life and pride for their community of Santa Juana.

 
   

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