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
Volunteers delivering food to local families
Volunteers delivering food to local families

Helping others and saving ourselves!


As an active member of the Drake Bay community, the Corcovado Foundation cannot close our eyes to the needs surrounding us. When the pandemic hit and Costa Rica closed its borders, we realized that the people from our community would hurt so much.

We couldn’t help everybody, but we set our goal to identify those that needed the most help. This wasn’t hard; many of these people were our neighbors or the grandparents of the children we provide with environmental education, or we knew their children, and we knew that as tourism died, their jobs had disappeared. Also, people gave us leads: an old lady living alone in a shanty house, under a couple of tin sheets, a dirt floor, and a $100 pension; a senior mother taking care alone of her son with special needs, or a couple of sick elders living miles from town on an isolated farm.
We found so much need and so much isolation. This effort to identify disadvantaged people was a true revelation and a change of direction for our organization. Human poverty is a social issue and a problem that the Corcovado Foundation ought to tackle as part of the ecosystem.

This act of love happened thanks to you and people like you. We have raised over $30,000 on aid for those most in need. Our donors, volunteers, and members were the driving force behind these efforts. I feel that everybody was excited to help. In this time of despair, being able to make a difference in somebody’s life was a fantastic way to light up those dark months of seclusion and isolation. The opportunity to support others with time or money was a great way to save ourselves from the gloom of the pandemic.

During the pandemic, we delivered food packages to 50 people, over 1020 packages over a year. When the borders opened, we identified those, who even before the pandemic, had been forgotten by the system or their families, and we continue to support them. We have also helped families in their time of desolation. Two weeks ago, a family lost their house to a fire and lost all their possessions. The community joined efforts to help, and the foundation united them to make a difference. To this date, we have delivered over 1200 packages of food, which equals around 17,000 US invested in relief. We will continue to bring these packages full of relief and love for as long as we can.

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Familia Mendoza

Protecting the Osa is always about protecting its most vulnerable lifeforms.

Sometimes that includes people.

Humans have been part of the Osa Peninsula’s ecosystem for over six millennia, so it has evolved into one inter-dependent ecosystem. And when any life form suffers, humans included, the entire ecosystem experiences increased pressure and depredation. As advocates for environmental protection, restoration, and sustainability across Costa Rica, the Corcovado Foundation looks to reduce the suffering and its consequences. 

Like much of the country, people across the Osa depend on tourism. When Costa Rica closed its borders in 2020, Drake Bay, the gateway to Corcovado National Park, and home to the Corcovado Foundation, became one of the hardest-hit communities in the country. Almost 95% of the families in and around Drake Bay found themselves unemployed, many without any income at all. 

There were many gloomy stories coming to us, families in extreme financial distress, grandparents that have been forgotten under the crisis; dogs, and cats left abandoned because families could no longer feed them. We could not sit with our arms crossed to wait for things to get better. So, we came up with ideas, and one was food distribution.

We’d been distributing food since the beginning of the Pandemic, delivering some love and dignity in the shape of a bag of food to help with some of the basic needs of people living on the edge. That is how we met the Mendoza family. But we realized after meeting them that contrary to what we thought, this mother and her child had been struggling to make ends meet years before the pandemic.

The Mendozas are members of the Gnobe indigenous community. Mrs. Mendoza, a single mother, faced serious challenges, including caring for her boy on her own, a boy with a mental disability. Having lost her income from local tourism, she found herself unable to survive on the less than 90 dollars per month in government support.

Also, the boy’s disability forced them to live in a predominantly non-indigenous community to be close to medical services. Their isolation, lack of a support network, barely able to speak Spanish, and the demands of taking care of her son, make it even harder for her to get a job.

You and other wonderful people heard us, opened your hearts, and came to the rescue too. Your support made it possible for us to locate so many older adults forgotten by the world and bring them a package of food and cleaning supplies so that they could live with some dignity. We also brought food for their pets. 

 Since the beginning of the Pandemic, Corcovado staff and volunteers have delivered food 21 times for a total of 1,020 packages. The gratitude and relief the families express every time our team shows up is a massive reward for us. We want to share that gratitude with you for supporting these efforts with so much commitment.   I hope that wherever you are reading this report, you can feel the reward of helping those in need.

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Dear friend!

 

When the Pandemic hit the Osa Peninsula, we decided to start helping those that needed it the most. And I was astonished about the support we received -from you and people like you-  to bring food to those most vulnerable. So, we began to find many people in need. There were all these families whose income suddenly disappeared, and there were those who depended on the good heart of others to survive. Sometimes it was their children, their younger siblings, or their neighbors. 

Thanks to your support and other kind and generous people like you, we have been able to bring food to the most vulnerable people in Drake Bay since the Pandemic started. We have delivered food 18 times since the beginning of the Pandemic for a total of 900 packages.

The money is dwindling, but with the world going back to some kind of normal and jobs coming back to Drake Bay, we decided to reduce the number of people we bring food to, starting December, since it is the beginning of the high season.  

We have decided this because we have detected that some older people live in very isolated places. They have been neglected by their families for the longest time, even before the Pandemic. Some of the people on our list died during the Pandemic of illness that could have been preventable had somebody been there for them. So we will continue to focus our efforts on serving them, taking them to the hospital, and providing them with food and emotional support. 

Thanks to your support, we are making a dent in the quality of the lives of so many senior citizens in need.  Some of these folks have expressed their gratitude by saying “I didn’t know what meal next day would come from and then I saw your car outside my house, like a miracle.”

Thank you for your trust in our organization. Your donation shows your faith in our work. Your continued support allows us to plan and be more impactful in our communities. So, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for having our back and helping us be that miracle, that eases the pain of so many. 

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Your friendship and your support of our organization have been instrumental to the success of our projects.

Thanks to you, we have provided health services, monthly food to 50 senior citizens in extremely poor conditions and even taking them to the clinic.   

Thanks to you, we have provided training, equipment, seeds, and materials to 53 families who are now implementing regenerative agriculture and abstaining from using agrochemicals and protecting the soil. Together they are protecting 210 acres of land.

Thanks to you, we have provided environmental education to over 4500 students since 2003. We have maintained our youth groups for 18 years, which have brought up exemplary community leaders who are now changing their communities for the better. 

Take a look at our video to hear their testimonies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6ZbEsujKhY&t=169s

Thanks to you, we have helped 4 communities start their sea turtle projects, and while under our control, we have protected over 9649 nests, we have released 90238 to the sea, and around 641,040.00 potentially hatched unharmed thanks to our efforts. Take a look at our video of what our sea turtle project does:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_xlKEsnBEI&t=2s.

Your support and your friendship have blessed us, and I want to take a minute to thank you for all you do for us. 

We have big plans for this year! We will be planting 1000 trees by the end of 2021 and 5000 more by 2023. We will double to amount of families that participate in our regenerative agriculture program, and we will continue bringing food and environmental education to our communities. With your support, we are unstoppable. Thank you so much!

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Albert Schweitzer said “At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” –

You have been by our side supporting us with your financial contributions and your kind words since the beginning of the pandemic! And thanks to you we have been able to bring food to 50 families/individuals in 11 occasions, we have been able to help 25 families produce their own organic food, promoting food independence, we protected and liberated over 76,000 sea turtle hatchlings and so much more. All thanks to you!

This Little By Little Campaign we raised $3745 USD for the COVID relief for the Elderly and $670 for environmental education and people are still donating.

The work of a nonprofit, especially a small one like ours is hard, we often find so much need in our communities and in our ecosystems. Our team, who many joined us as volunteers care passionately for our causes and the people we serve. I often get a plead here or there from one of them saying, this old man needs to be taken to the clinic, and he has nobody to do it for him; this family is hungry, the sea turtle population on this beach is being depleted by poachers and so much more.

With the pandemic, we have faced hard choices and hard times, harder times than ever, more pressure, more people in need, more pressure on wildlife than ever before and then it was the fact that they stole our only vehicle after we had put $7000 USD in repairs. Yet never have we experience such demonstrations of support and appreciation.  

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Because in this time of the pandemic, when there has been so much uncertainty and despair, you have been there for us shining bright.  May you and your loved ones receive your kindness tenfold.

What we need in these times is more people like you bringing light to those in need, in need of a smile, a hand, a kind gesture.

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Corcovado Foundation

Location: Moravia,, San Jose - Costa Rica
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Alejandra Foundation
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