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
Picture from our 5th grocery delivery
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
Helena and Mayra
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Segunda entrega
Segunda entrega

Last May 1st, we took advantage of the Costa Rican Labor Day to celebrate it in the best way: working for a good cause.

On April 30th and May 1st, we carried out the second delivery of food packages and cleaning supplies to 44 older adults and seven families in extreme poverty from the communities of Los Planes, Agujitas, Los Angeles, Progreso, Rancho Quemado, and Vanegas, all from Drake Bay n the Osa Peninsula. These packages will ease the burden on these families for at least two or three weeks.

We have been supporting many older adults living in very precarious conditions; many of them have been neglected by their families and live in dilapidated houses. In the community of Vanegas, we found an older adult with evident health problems, living alone. Likewise, a married couple in the Rancho Quemado community, in critical poverty conditions and a very lamentable state of health. Generally, these older people live with a government pension that barely gives them enough to survive on the bare minimum.

In addition to the 44 older adults, another seven families received a supplies package. They were prioritized due to their state of poverty, lack of income, or lack of job opportunities. The vast majority are single mothers, heads of households with 3 or 4 children.

At the end of March, during the “Little by Little” campaign with GlobalGiving, we managed to raise about $ 6,500. On April 6th and 7th, we made our first delivery, and we reached 53 families. In total, with this delivery, we have delivered 107 food packages. We have spent $3,800, leaving a balance of $ 2,700 to go towards our third delivery.  We are hopeful that we can raise about USD 500 support to these families for the fourth time. 

These deliveries are possible thanks to all those who supported us with their donations and the great work of our coworkers Mayra, Alex, and Helena, who for two months have been working hard on identifying families, purchasing products, and preparing the packages. We are deeply grateful to Don Javier who accompanied us on this occasion and to Mrs. Catalina, representative of the Hotel Corcovado & Drake Inn, who provided us with transportation to move at the most remote places of Drake.

We are also refocusing in promoting agriculture and self-sufficient backyards among local communities to provide local populations with long term options in these times of uncertainty.

If you want to help us to keep getting some support to local communities, don´t hesitate to contact me at alejandra@corcovadofoundation.org , you can donate GlobalGiving

If you want to read about the first delivery, click here

Entrega dos
Entrega dos
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Ganado is a small pueblo in the jungles of the Osa Peninsula, 15 kilometers from Drake Bay in Costa Rica. The road in the area is often washed out by flooding and erosion, adding to its isolation. Versabe and Polin are an elderly couple living on Don Polin’s $150/month disability pension. They supplement that modest income by selling to local stores whatever lemons or plantains their land can produce. In normal times, it is barely enough to get by. Yet in the time of Corona, with 90% of the people of their town unemployed because of layoffs, life has suddenly become even harder. But help was on the way. 

Mayra is the local Corcovado Foundation liaison. Along with Alex, who set up the food packages, they met up with Erick, who volunteered his van and his time to distribute the packages. Together, they set off to Ganado to find Versabe and Polin to deliver the food and critical goods that would help get them get though the coming weeks. 

In Los Planes, another pueblo on the Osa, the team sought out Don Clementino, an aging man who has lived alone for years, far from any community center.  Don Clementino greeted them in the doorway of his humble home. Inside, thin shafts of sun light slipped through gaps in the battered tin roof, crisscrossing the packed dirt floor. It was likely that those same gaps would let in the pouring rain during the months of furious monsoons on the Osa Peninsula. Unable to work because of ulcers on his legs and feet, he too has been getting by with a very small disability pension, and the support of a neighbor family. But that family lost all their income during the COVID-19 crisis. Don Clementino had no idea what would happen to them — or to him. Here too, help had arrived, just in time. 

Last Monday and Tuesday, Mayra, Erick, and Alex delivered 42 packages to dozens of vulnerable, elderly people in need, people who imagined they had already been forgotten. Pulling up to their houses in the van, our team was greeted by the joyful faces of grateful people, lit up by big bright smiles. And even through their protective masks, Mayra, Alex, and Erick couldn’t conceal their own equally big smiles.

Each delivery created a moment of gratitude and relief, extending your kindness from wherever you call home, to these Costa Ricans living in one of the most remote places in the country. The food packages made possible through your giving will provide nourishment for at least two weeks. It’s a start. It’s something kind and wonderful. And you made it happen.

In these times when we are surrounded by uncertainty and despair, bringing some relief to those that need it the most has definitely lifted my spirits. Although confined in our houses, being able to help others in this small way has given all of us so much joy. It makes us feel empowered in times when we have so little control over our circumstances. 

Speaking on behalf of the whole team at the Corcovado Foundation, as well as our Board of Directors, I know that while our primary mission is to protect the environment, being able to use our time and platforms to generate some happiness for the humans who share it with the non-human residents of the Osa, raises our spirits and fills our hearts with unspeakable joy.

Our GlobalGiving Little by Little by Little campaign raised over $6500 of which we spent on this occasion around $1856 (1,057,985 colones), with more donations coming. We had staff, consultants, advisors, personal friends and friends of the Foundation all donate to the campaign. We also have friends calling up to ask how they can help. Alex donated his time, Erick donated his van, gas, and time, and Charlotte followed the van, taking pictures and making videos of the people to share with all of us.

This kind of support shows me that in times of trial, humans can rise above circumstances and act with kindness, solidarity, and generosity. Thank you all! We will be delivering more food two weeks from now and will continue for as long as we have the resources. If you feel like helping in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me at alejandra@corcovadofoundation.org or you can donate at https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/environmental-education-program-1/.

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Managing Life in a COVID-19 World

As we consider the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is clear that we are all navigating uncharted waters. Our “new lives” distance us from our friends and extended families, disrupting every aspect of our regular schedules and a sense of personal freedom. We have had vacations, business trips, and meetings canceled. Sadly, almost every one of us will lose some income, possibly our jobs or even our businesses. We simply don’t know how this all plays out.

So, as we strive to keep our loved ones safe and hold on to some sense of normalcy in our lives, we all need to spread as much kindness as we possibly can.

I have faith that the measures taken by the Costa Rican, U.S. and Canadian governments, as well as others the world over, help flatten the curve by slowing the spread of the virus, thus reducing at least some of the strain on the world’s health systems. It may even buy us some critical time needed to develop a vaccine.

But like a devastating storm or earthquake, the aftermath of these measures will see entire towns and extended communities crushed by job and income loss. I can already see in the faces of small business owners in Drake Bay the agony of having to choose between taking whatever income they made this high season to reimburse people that had to cancel their trips, or using that money to keep their employees in their jobs to support their families. It is a scenario playing out in thousands of communities across the planet where people depend on tourism and other industries to survive.

In an effort to try to stay closer, motivated, and sane, the Corcovado Foundation will refocus our efforts to use our platforms and networks to support those who need us the most. Our objectives will shift to collecting goods and cleaning supplies for the most vulnerable population at the moment — the elderly people of Drake Bay.

We have served this community for over 20 years. With tourism being the main source of income in the areas around Drake Bay, the elderly will be among the first and hardest-hit victims of the COVID. We will, therefore, direct our talents, energy, and time to collect money and goods, then deliver food baskets and supplies to help lessen at least some of the health risks and economic damage facing the elderly.

But we expect the economy will be restored eventually and our people and people around the world will create new ways to do things. New paradigms. New perspectives.

There may even be a reassessment of priorities and values. Maybe we don’t need to fly 1000 miles for a meeting, or perhaps we’ll think twice about vacationing on one of those floating Petri dishes called cruises. Maybe we no longer shake hands. Other cultures have figured out other ways to greet each other.

But what we need to do right now is to make sure COVID-19 doesn’t bring out the worst in us as human beings. We need to believe in each other, to be tolerant, and empathetic given we don’t know what other people are going through.

And above all, we need to be kind, thinking about how we can help each other by using our gifts for the common good. There is a bright side in everything so let’s find it. For me, it’s having my children in our home for a while longer. Empty nesters everywhere are getting this opportunity to use the one thing we have all been given by this virus — time in our homes with our families.  

Let’s think of small ways to help the economy to keep running. If you can, get more take out, use delivery services, or do curbside pick-up at your favorite restaurants and shops. And please, let’s not buy all the Purell, wipes, or toilet paper. Other people need to stay clean too!  

And though right now, the most important thing we must do is to stay away from each other, that doesn’t mean to disconnect. As we are all in this together, let’s use our devices to hold on to our relationships and keep them thriving.

They say distance makes the heart grow fonder. Let’s prove it. Be positive. Keep the laughter going between us. If allowed in your community, meet up with each other and walk the neighborhoods and parks. Just stay 1.5 meters apart!

As always, we at the Corcovado Foundation are deeply appreciative of your support. There is a need now, so if you can, please help us provide some relief for the most vulnerable in the remote places of Costa Rica in this time of need. A $50 USD donation, or any amount made during the Little by Little Campaign to our Community Support Fund Program, will help us make bring some relief to those that need it the most.

Whatever the “new normal” is when we come out of this pandemic, we’ll remember that we got through it together because we chose to stand together in caring and kindness.

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Kids at the Children Museum
Kids at the Children Museum

This January our environmental education team drove with 26 kids and 6 parents from Osa to San Jose. The children are all members of youth groups from 4 different communities, their work for their villages, their young leadership and their love for the environment was rewarded with a 4-day trip in which they visited Carara National Park, the Children Museum and Fossil Land.

 

They played and learned about leadership, teamwork and other values. They are the new environmental leaders of their communities. These activities are part of our environmental education program which was started 17 years ago. This program has proven effective, by creating awareness about the importance of protecting the environment. It has empowered and promoted leadership among local kids.

 

I was here 17 years ago when we first started the program. Many of the kids that started with us ago are now young adults. I guess you can’t say the same about me.   And although I am not a big fan of the wrinkles and the gray hair that comes with accumulating years, I am very lucky to have seen these kids grow, I have witnessed the transformation that this program has produced in many of them.   I have seen how they have become women and men engaging in their community.

 

For 17 years our environmental educators have worked weekly with kids to raise awareness about environmental issues and our role in them, about how we can be stewards of the environment and our communities. With games, art, storytelling handcrafting and field trips, kids have learned about being a team player, being a friend, respecting our differences, protecting our environment, being a leader and being the guardians of all living creatures that cannot defend themselves.

 

A couple of months ago, I shared a video with you that features some of these kids. Kids that are now adults making a difference. Did you have a chance to hear their testimonies? Take a look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6ZbEsujKhY&t=3s

 

Now I will sharing with you, the video of our last adventure with the kids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A90gA6Rp0fw&t=19s Four days of learning and fun, four days that they will carry in their hearts forever. Four days that will open their minds and their horizons.   Thank you for being part of this journey. You helped us make this happen every day! Your support is not only financial but also a sign of trust, it is the lifeblood of our program.   You and the smiles of the kids we serve every day keep us inspired!   Thank you!

Kids at the children museum
Kids at the children museum
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Location: Moravia,, San Jose - Costa Rica
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