2012 - what a year! And to top it off, a group of GVI staff and volunteers participated in a rafting challenge to secure additional funds for the projects in Costa Rica, on top of your much appreciated donation. A big congratulations to the team in Costa Rica for completing the Source to Sea challenge! Thank you and well done to all the challengers for your stamina, good humour and perseverance. A huge thank you also to all the friends and family of the Challengers who kindly donated to support our Jalova and Quepos projects.
The challenge was an epic 3 day adventure from the source of the Pacuare river to the GVI base in Jalova, Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean Sea – half way across Costa Rica. The Group rafted through the best white water rapids in Costa Rica, and then kayaked through to the calm and wild canals of Tortuguero. There was plenty amount of time along the way to enjoy the scenery, but they also got their adrenaline pumping and completed some group and individual challenges along the way. Rafters were temporarily stranded in the rapids some went for unwanted swims, but all arrived safely, thoroughly tired and with a big smile on their face in Jalova.
Funds raised through this challenge will be used to enhance the education of the children in the community close to Quepos. The Community Development Project on the Pacific coast is working to support the children of an isolated community near Quepos. The school and community has very limited infrastructure and we are raising funds to enhance the children’s education. We would like funds to buy more books, teaching supplies and materials to renovate a room in the school that we can use as the GVI classroom.
Thank you again for your support in 2012, we are excited to be able to continue working with the community in Costa Rica in 2013!