Educational support in Mal Pais, Costa Rica

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Dear Supporter,

This month we had a wonderful visit from our friends Lola and Indie. Lola and Indie are from Colorado and decided that they would raise money to buy school supplies buy saving their weekly allowance. Direction and the students at Mal Pais public school enjoyed receiving the school supplies and were grateful for Lola and Indie's generosity and thoughtfulness. We also visited the projects pre-school with Lola and Indie, who had also bought with their allowance reading books that they had enjoyed as youngsters. The children and volunteers were thrilled to receive them and look froward to reading them and finding out why Lola and Indie enjoyed them so much. 
The project would like to formally thank Lola and Indie for showing such generosity and at such a young age! 
Our community doesn't have a library and books are difficult to find or buy, it really is a treat to be gifted books that can be enjoyed over and over again!
Thanks for supporting this project.
All the best
Sonya Danchik


Dear Supporter,

This project has been established to aid the local schools which are currently over populated, under-staffed and under-resourced. It aims to improve facilities and resources, supply assistant teachers, and text books for every student.

With the over flow of immigrants, due to the booming tourist industry, the public schools have become over populated, under staffed and under resourced. Currently students attend school for 3 hrs a day, with teachers often having to group grades together.

With support, the project will include:

  • Textbooks for every student
  • Assistant Biligual teachers 
  • Assistance with labor and materials for the construction of basic classroom facilities
  • Assistance with infrastructure and grounds maintance 
  • Adult evening language classes
  • Extra curricular and after shcool activities
  • Assistance in developing a small scale IT center with computers, a printer and photocopier
  • Assistance in developing a small scale library.

Education fights crimes, violence and unites us all.

Many thanks for your continuing support

Sonya Danchik

Founder of the Mal Pais Education project


Dear Supporter,

December we saw our kindergarten class of 2013 graduate and our new classroom were completed with generous donations from you and lots of volunteer work!

For 2014, we are sponsoring three of our graduates to study at the local non-profit bilingual school which is a considerable amount per month, so we have plenty of fundraisers planned for this year. We will also continue our own sponsorship program with the Mal Pais Education Project Kinder, we have 10 students starting on Monday!

We are grateful for the opportunity to unite our little community through education. Through our learning center and community center we're able to support and empower local families and facilitate a brighter future for our students.

Happy New Year and thank you all for your support in our community/education project.

All the best

Sonya Danchik

Project manager


Dear Supporter,


After a lot of financial support we have finally started construction of the classrooms for our kindergarten in Mal Pais! We still need to raise funds for classroom furniture and supplies and volunteers are ready to start painting next month. The doors will be open in January 2014 and we are very excited to welcome our new students.
In Costa Rica, October is the month to celebrate world culture with October 12th being a national holiday called 'Dia de Culturas", to highlight both the cultural contributions of the Spanish, indigenous and Caribbeans. We enjoy this time with the students to celebrate different cultures and integrate global issues into the curriculum.
In December, three of our sponsor students are graduating and we are hoping to continue sponsoring them with full scholarship at the non-profit community bilingual school "Escuela Futuro Verde" plenty more fundraising events to come. 

We are grateful to all our private sponsors who help us finance the project and also the many volunteers who have and still continue to share their time and energy.


Many thanks

Sonya Danchik


We hope this report finds you well! A lot of changes for the project are coming up. We are excited to build a new classroom for the kindergarten and plan on a fundraiser to help with the building costs. We also have two volunteer teachers who are pregnant, which is very exciting! So we have been busy the past couple of months interviewing international teachers and we are happy to welcome new members to the team very soon.

Unfortunately we had to postpone our July fundraiser due to bad weather. We are planning to reschedule soon and hope it will be a success. We hope to gather sufficient funds to continue to sponsor our graduating students so they may attend the Bilingual school in Cobano. 
All our students are doing really well in both languages and the project has really made a positive impact on the community and we are thankful to be a apart of it. 
Thank you for your continuing support for this community.



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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Kate Robey
St Albans, Herts United Kingdom
$23,173 raised of $25,000 goal
306 donations
$1,827 to go
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