Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund

by Corcovado Foundation
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Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
Osa Community COVID 19 Response Fund
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Five hundred food packages have been delivered for the elderly citizens and the most underprivileged families in Drake Bay since April 2020 to relieve the economic situation during this pandemic.

The health crisis caused by the COVID19 pandemic has brought international tourism to an all-time low. While some other tourist-oriented destinations have bet on local tourism in the medium term, the Osa Peninsula was not a destination favored by the national sector because of its remoteness. Therefore, many companies remain closed, and the local communities are getting desperate, pushing local people to go back to mining, hunting, and logging.

Many elderly citizens have survived from whatever their kids could spare, but given the situation, their sons and daughters are now unemployed and they barely have enough to survive themselves. This situation motivated the Corcovado Foundation to refocus its work to serve the most vulnerable people in its history served communities.

Every month our team in Osa prepare food packages including rice, beans, soap, hand sanitizer, and many other items and distribute them to families in remote corners of the Osa Peninsula. “I don’t know what we would have done without this package of food you bring to us every month” said one an 85 year old lady when we were delivering her food.

The pandemic is not over, but we see the light at the end of the tunnel. Shine bright in these times of darkness, donate during the Little by Little Campaign and help us maintain our efforts to bring relief to those that need it the most.  Every donation under $50 usd that you make from March 8th to the 12th will be match at a 50%.

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Merry Christmas, and may 2021 bring all families in the world the peace, health, and prosperity we all long! This report is long because, although this year was challenging, we moved every program forward.   With your help, we were able to accomplish more, serve more people, and be more impactful.

What a year this has been!

This year started with many changes; Steven stepped down as president of the foundation after more than two decades of leading it. As long-time members of the organization, Steven invited Jim and me to step on the board. I have served as president of this organization during these challenging times that have hit the world hard.

In mid-February, all the plans for the beginning of the year started to crumble, and in mid-March, everything changed. We had to suspend all in-person training and educational activities planned for the following months. Community park ranger workshops, consultant visits to community-based tourism projects, and meetings of environmental education groups were suspended.

To serve those that need us the most!

We quickly regrouped and committed to staying positive, proactive, and supportive. We soon understood that our duty was to assist the communities we serve, which are highly vulnerable to tourism closure in the area. In Bahia Drake, at least 85% of the people survive directly or indirectly from tourism, mainly international. We decided to readjust and rethink ourselves so that we could help the communities, our members. We started to rethink how to use our platforms and networks to support those who need us the most. To do this, we started using our media to raise funds and buy food and cleaning supplies for the elderly population and the most impoverished families of Bahia Drake. At this point, we have raised USD 14,000, and we have delivered 450 food packages to 50 older adults and families living in poverty since the end of March.

Regenerative agriculture

We have managed to refocus some of the funds approved for activities such as workshops and field trips, which given the pandemic, will not happen, and we have used them to promote regenerative agriculture in the communities. Regenerative agriculture will help us promote food independence and, at the same time, encourage practices that allow soil restoration. The idea is to help communities plant their gardens in their homes or farms in a regenerative way to guarantee their sustainability and productivity. With the pandemic's arrival, we realized regenerative agriculture could help local families alleviate the family's economic situation, reduce the pressure on natural resources, and reduce the hunting of wild animals. Thanks to that, 24 families have completed their regenerative agriculture training after receiving five theoretical workshops and three practical visits. They have learned about soils, preparation of cultivation beds, organic fertilizers and repellants, extraction and conservation of seeds, and seedlings preparation. They have also received all the materials and supplies needed to produce their crops.

Virtual environmental education

Regarding our environmental education program, we have also reinvented ourselves. Our environmental educator has been creating videos for children, challenging them to practice, research, or do an environmental educational activity from home. They send us back their photos and videos doing it, thereby keeping the children at home interested, active, and motivated. For the longest time, our environmental education activities were the only extracurricular activities these kids had. Then once the schools closed due to the COVID19, our activities were the only educational activities available. We delivered fruit trees, endangered trees, and educational supplies to each kid in the groups. More than 40 kids in the communities received watercolors, markers, cardboard, pencils, among other things. This material will help the kids participate in the remote challenges from the safety of their homes. We have carried out more than seventeen environmental challenges, in which up to 27 children have participated per session.  

Sea turtle conservation

This year, we did not have international volunteers. This was a challenge because we have been able to maintain the program through the support of volunteers who come to work on the beach and pay for their food, accommodation, and part of the cost of the project. However, instead of reducing our sea turtle project's impact and scope, we have expanded it and double its efforts. We are now working in two beaches: Punta Mala-Playa Hermosa on the Central Pacific and Rincón near Corcovado National Park.

We moved our sea turtle conservation program in Playa Rincón to Esteban's property. This local young man has spent several years working in turtle conservation and owns a beachfront property in the Rincon area. The results there have been excellent. We have been providing Esteban with the funds for his salary and to purchase food for his volunteers. He has managed to lead a group of local kids that have been very committed and successful at protecting the sea turtles. They had 17 volunteers and 102 nesting activities, of which 92 nests were relocated to the nursery and 7 nests were poached. 3800 baby turtles were released, which means a 95.1% hatching success.

In Punta Mala, we have had a team of 3 members, who with the support of 26 volunteers, mostly Costa Ricans, managed to take care of 924 nesting activities, including 490 nests that remained on the beach and were not depredated, 224 nests relocated in the nursery, 121 nests lost to predators, and 12 poached nests. This beach is crucial because of the massive amount of nesting, the pressure from predators and poachers, the eroded beaches, and other natural and human impacts on the sea turtle nesting activity.  

Other community accomplishments!

  • Seventy community park rangers trained and equipped to support the Corcovado, Piedras Blancas, Marino Ballena national parks, and Golfo Dulce Forestry Reserve.
  • Eleven people from the La Amistad-Talamanca communities trained to obtain their official guide certification, which meant an investment of $2000.00 per guide.
  • Eight grassroots organizations in the La Amistad-Talamanca region strengthened with technical support to improve their sustainability.
  • Together with Terri and Gary, we are organizing a castration event for 40 dogs on Dec. 13.
  • Thanks to a donation of 6000 kg of dog food from the Humane Society, we have provided 96 dogs in Los Planes and 67 dogs in Los Angeles with food, reducing predatory pressure on the environment.  300 more dogs will receive support soon.

After 10 years of waiting, and thanks to the leadership of our very own Mayra and our lawyer Estela, the Ministry of Education approved the land's purchase to build a proper high school for Drake Bay.

It has not been an easy year, but we have adapted and reinvented ourselves. We have been at the forefront of a series of initiatives, being among the first to move from doing face-to-face activities to online workshops, virtual environmental education activities, and fundraising to feed the most vulnerable. We are very grateful for your support. Everything we have achieved is thanks to you, who supported us and trusted us.

Volunteers at the Punta Mala Project
Volunteers at the Punta Mala Project
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Not every country celebrates Thanksgiving. It is not a Costa Rican tradition. But giving thanks should be a daily thing and having a holiday to give thanks it's a beautiful idea!

Let us not fool ourselves. 2020 has been a challenging year. Many people are unemployed worldwide -according to some estimations, 40% of Costa Rican households will fall under the line of poverty by the end of the year- and so many people died to the COVID 19. It has also been harsh weather-wise; draughts, hurricanes, and floods hit us left and right. Not an easy year.

Yet, I can not help to feel grateful. This year you -and friends like- you have stepped up more than ever to show your solidarity! Your trust, generosity, and commitment have helped us bring relief to people in the Osa Peninsula's most vulnerable and impoverished places. And that's not all; we have been swamped helping people stay on track! Thanks to you we have

  1. Supplied relief to 50 senior citizens in Drake Bay every month since April 2020,
  2. Protected more sea turtles nests than ever before,
  3. Given remote environmental education every week to kids all over the Osa Peninsula
  4. Provided training, materials, and organic seeds to 30 families now practicing regenerative agriculture to improve their food independence without damaging the environment.
  5. Trained and certified 11 tourism guides in the Talamanca Region
  6. Supplied training to 10 associations all over the Talamanca region
  7. And this end of the year, we will be bringing Christmas gifts to 95 kids all over the Osa Peninsula whose parents are struggling.

There is so much need in Costa Rica and the world, but you have been a light helping stay on track through this bleak time.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you enjoy it, and if you don't, I hope you have lots of things to be grateful for anyway. We are indeed thankful for you!

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one of the families we have supported
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Thanks to you, and your amazing support,  we were able to raise USD $4450 during this Little by Little Campaign. Whether you told your friends about our campaign or donated to our cause, your support was incredible, and we are so grateful for our friends and supporters.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have brought very needed food packages for the most underserved and deprived senior citizens and families on six occasions.  Thanks for your help and the help of generous people like you!

These people have been living with so little already, whatever their kids could spare. This year, with their children unemployed because of the COVID-19, many of these people are living on thin air.

Thanks to your support, we will bring food packages to 50 senior citizens during October, November, and December. Hopefully, by then, things will be better in Drake Bay.

I am so grateful for your support and your trust in our organization.

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/osa-community-support-fund/

 

Gracias a tu maravillosa ayuda, pudimos recaudar USD $ 4450 durante la Campaña Little by Little. Ya sea porque le contaste a tus amigos sobre nuestra campaña o porque donaste a nuestra causa, tu apoyo fue increíble y estamos muy agradecidos por nuestros amigos y colaboradores.

En seis ocasiones desde el comienzo de la pandemia, hemos llevado paquetes de alimentos para los adultos mayores y las familias más desfavorecidos en el área de la Bahía Drake, a través del Fondo de Apoyo Comunitario de Osa. Estas personas ya viven con tan poco, lo que sea que sus hijos e hijas puedan llevarles. Este año, con sus hijos desempleados a causa del COVID-19, muchas de estas personas viven del aire.

Gracias a tu apoyo, llevaremos paquetes de alimentos a 50 personas mayores durante octubre, noviembre y diciembre. Con suerte, para entonces, las cosas estarán mejor en Drake Bay.

Estoy muy agradecida por su apoyo y por la confianza en nuestra organización.

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Picture from our 5th grocery delivery

Please help the Corcovado Foundation continue making grocery deliveries for seniors and the most impoverished families in Drake Bay.

SPANISH BELOW

During the COVID 19 Pandemic, the economic situation in Drake Bay has been extremely critical. Drake's population lives directly or indirectly from international tourism, and families have been idle for months without any income.

The elderly are the most vulnerable sector of the population. Most of them survive with the help of their sons and daughters, who currently do not have a job or income. For this reason, we have taken on the task of collecting donations to bring these very vulnerable individuals a package with food once a month, which allows them to survive with some dignity while we wait that the world goes back to normal.

Helena and Mayra, our environmental education and community management team in Drake Bay, are the ones who have taken on the task of studying each family and each case to determine who the most destitute and needy people are. They receive the purchases, separate the packages, distribute them house to house, ensuring that older adults do not have to leave their home, or put themselves at risk of catching COVID19. 

Our team tells us that the gratitude that they receive from these families when they are distributing these packages is very touching.  They never leave without a "May God bless you for what you are doing."

Drake Bay's Seniors are Survivors! They raised their families in a tremendously isolated area, where the roads are unreliable, where getting to a medical center involved a day trip, and where they had to work hard to survive. They have known what it is like to distribute a hard-boiled egg among five members of the family; it is time to help them.

Since the beginning of the country's closure from the COVID 19 Pandemic, we have been collecting donations from beautiful people who, with the most incredible generosity in the world, have supported our efforts. Thanks to them, we raised USD 7,998 between March and June. With this, we made 250 deliveries of food packages on five occasions to the 50 most needy families in Drake Bay. We have a balance of USD 1,300, thanks to a donation of USD 500 made by the Steller-Ludwig Foundation, which will allow us to make the sixth installment. But we need to continue supporting these older adults until the end of this year. This pandemic will not last forever, Drake Bay will recover, but regular tourist activity is not expected to return until possibly after December. The coming months are critical. We need to continue to show solidarity and extend our hand to those who need us most.

Please help us continue to support them; a small donation can make a big difference for them.  From the 14th to the 18th of September, GlobalGiving will be launching the little by Little Campaign.  Every donation of $50 USD or less will be matched at 50%.

 

Ayúdenos a hacer realidad la sétima entrega de víveres para adultos mayores y las 45 familias más necesitadas de Bahía Drake.

Con la Pandemia del COVID 19, la situación económica en Bahía Drake ha sido sumamente crítica.  La población de Drake vive directa o indirectamente del turismo y las familias llevan meses paralizadas sin recibir ingresos en sus hogares.

Los adultos mayores son el sector más vulnerable de la población. La mayoría de ellos sobreviven con ayuda de sus hijos e hijas, los cuales en este momento no cuentan con trabajo o ingresos. Por ello en la Fundación Corcovado nos hemos dado a la tarea de recolectar donaciones para poder llevarles una vez al mes un pequeño diario de comida básico, que les permita sobrevivir con alguna dignidad mientras sus familias se recuperan de esta crisis.

Mayra se ha dado a la tarea de estudiar cada familia y cada caso, para poder determinar quienes son las personas más desvalidas y necesitadas. Mayra, con ayuda de Helena y voluntarios de la zona, reciben las compras, separan los paquetes y los van a distribuir casa por casa, asegurándose de que los adultos mayores no tengan que salir de su casa, ni se pongan en riesgo de contagiarse de COVID19.  Ellas nos cuentan que el agradecimiento con el que los adultos mayores reciben este pequeño diario es inmenso y nunca nos vamos sin un “Que Dios les bendiga por lo que están haciendo”.

¡Los adultos mayores de Drake son supervivientes! Ellos mantuvieron a sus familias en una zona tremendamente aislada, donde los caminos son pésimos, donde llegar a un centro médico implicaba un viaje de un día, saben lo que es que trabajar duro para sobrevivir. Ellos han sabido lo que es repartir un huevo duro entre 5 miembros de la familia, es el momento de ayudarles a ellos.

Desde el principio del cierre del país con la Pandemia del COVID 19, hemos estado recolectando donaciones de gente maravillosa que, con la mayor generosidad del mundo, han apoyado nuestros esfuerzos.  Gracias a ellos recaudamos 7998 USD entre marzo y junio.  Con ello hicimos 250 entregas de paquetes de alimentos en 5 ocasiones a las 50 familias más necesitadas en Bahía Drake.   En este momento tenemos un saldo de $1300 USD, gracias a una donación de $500 USD realizada por la Fundación Steller-Ludwig, que nos va a permitir hacer una sexta entrega.   Pero necesitamos seguir apoyando a estos adultos mayores hasta finales de este año. Esta pandemia no va a durar para siempre, Bahía Drake se recuperará, pero no se espera que vuelva a haber una actividad turística normal hasta posiblemente después de Diciembre.   Los próximos meses son críticos, necesitamos seguir siendo solidarios y extender nuestra mano a los que más nos necesitan.

Ayúdennos a seguir apoyándoles, una pequeña donación suya puede hacer una gran diferencia para ellos.

Our fifth food delivery
Our fifth food delivery
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