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
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Community members

A bridge for Progress.

 

It is an irony, that El Progreso town has seen so little progress.  Truth is that a bridge will catapult the possibilities of development for this community!   You might have read my stories of parents with toddlers on their shoulders trying to make it to the other side of the river, stumbling with the water to their chests, only to decide that it was not possible to be done.  But what to do?  The doctors are on the other side, the high school is on the other side, so is the church, the store and for many: their jobs which put their daily bread on their tables.  I am attaching a video of the struggle that these people deal with every day.  In the video, the lady holding the camera says, “it is not even that high today”. https://www.facebook.com/funcorco/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf

Personally, when my kids complain about going to school, I picture the morning struggles of parents in El Progreso convincing their children to get up, shower and go to school… knowing that going to school will include a 3 mile walk and crossing this river.  Education is important but is it worth risking your life?   Hummm.

We are getting to the end of our InterAmerican Foundation Grant and since we still had $10,000 US left for community projects we requested permission to use this funding to build a pedestrian bridge on this river, which they accepted.  The Clinica Biblica is donating the time of their engineering department and they have made the plans for the very needed bridge.  We have been  meeting with the community and they were all so excited about the idea, they will be donating their labor.   The materials have been bought and the construction will start soon after, and will hopefully be done by the end of June.  But we still will need around $16,000 USD to build that bridge as needed.

The community needs this bridge and it we won’t give up until it is done.  Some of you guys have donated to this project and your trust and your generosity inspire us.  Please continue to help us by supporting this important effort.  

Thank you for your support! 

Necesitamos su apoyo para construir este puente. Puede hacer su donación a traves de: https://www.globalgiving.org/pr…/osa-community-support-fund/

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this is when the river is low
this is when the river is low
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The thought of children crossing the Rio Drake river unassisted in order to make it to school haunts my nights.  For years and years children from El Progreso have been forced to walk more than 4 miles and cross a moody river to be able to go to their high school.   2 years ago I witness a father trying to cross that river with the water to the height of his chest and his 3 year old child on his shoulders.  He stumbled and nearly fell,  we had to cover our mouth in terror! The father decided to turn back and find shelter, he was not going home that night. This year that river kept El Progreso isolated from civilization during the month monsoon month of November, which had crowned with the Hurricane Otto.  The community lacked supplies, school was cancelled and there was no access to medical treatments or emergency attention.   This year with your help and the help of people like you we are building a pedestrian bridge between Progreso  and Drake Bay.  The Interamerican Foundation is allowing us to use the remaining funding from the FACOSA/Osa Community Support Funding to build this hanging bridge. This bridge will allow children to walk safely to school and the local people to commute to work and to see the local doctor without risking their lives.

On April 3rd we are having a meeting with the local community in order to organize the matching funds from the community.  Their contribution will be their hard work.  The foundation will allocate $9,000 USD for materials.  The project should be completed in June 2017.

The Corcovado Foundation, with the support of the Interamerican Foundation has allocated $38,000 USD dollars to community development projects.  These projects ranging from funding micro projects to building drinking water systems in isolated communities. This project has helped many communities to greatly improve their quality of life. The Osa Community Fund was created by our organization with funding from the InterAmerican Foundation earmarked for community projects.  These monies have been  given to grass roots groups after they have committed to match the value of the donation by providing man-hours, or similar inputs to the project.  Due of the nature of this funding The Corcovado Foundation does not charge one dollar for its administration. Not having overhead costs means a larger investment in the communities we serve.

On behalf of our team, I want to express my deepest gratitude for your donations and support and I want to encourage you to keep informed of our activities and program through our facebook page at www.facebook.com/funcorco.  Please help us help more communities by making a donation to this project on Globalgiving. 

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As the year comes to an end, I am counting my blessings and you and your support has been one of them.    Here are some of the main accomplishments of 2016, and they were all possible because of your contribution:

  • The environmental education program reached 325 children from 22 schools every two months.
  • We worked with 68 teenagers in 3 workshops, to analyze with them ways to stop violence against women and children, and sexual education.
  • 82 formal teachers received training about environmental education and how to teach and educate children to become more respectful and sensitive towards the environment.   Due to this training process, more than a 1000 children are now receiving formal training.
  • 6 environmental children groups were formed and are meeting weekly in 4 different communities, supporting environmental efforts such a beach and rivers cleanups and recycling.
  • Among other successes, we should mention also our turtle conservation program, which protected more than 2000 nests at the Rio Oro Wildlife Reserve and therefore ensure the survival of an estimate of 99,000 baby turtles that made it to the sea. 

Wishing you a wonderful 2017 full of happiness, health, peace and adventure,

 

Alejandra Monge

Corcovado Foundation.

 

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Corcovado Foundation staff working with children

It is hard to explain the feeling of gratitude that overcomes me every time somebody donates to our projects.  I have been trying to share with all our donors what it means to be in this side… working with so little resources and wishing we could do more for our communities and once more asking for help and funding.   In my job, it seems an endless task…  Therefore, regardless of the size of the donation, I get excited every time:  Your contributions help us maintain our projects and your vote of trust lift our spirits and help us to keep fighting.  It is hard to do this when you feel that you are all alone, that nobody sees what you or your team does.  But when somebody donates to our cause, it is a push to keep it up.  These have been hard times.  And we appreciate your trust through these years.

It has been a similar case for the communities that receive funding from the Osa Community Support Fund (FACOSA).  When there is no funding, groups seem disengaged and unmotivated.  But when funding comes, it motivates them to raise more funds and push further their projects.   I have seen them double and sometimes triple the amount of money we have offered them.  And then add their labor to make a project succeed.  Not only that, they feel cared for, they feel somebody trusted them and it is hard to put a value on that.

This last semester we raised enough funding to support the local school of El Progreso. This school needs lots of improvements to their roof, their toilets and their water pipes.  This school provides education to 25 children in this community.   The school sits in the middle of this sleepy town, forgotten by the government and in desperate need of repairs.  With the support of the FACOSA and the labor of the parents: children and teachers will soon have a better place to attend the lessons.  

FACOSA will be funding $3000 USD for the improvements needed.  The school parent teacher board will also do some events to raise the additional funding required.  It is moving to see the parents working so hard and it is an honor to be able to help them.

This is our last semester administrating this fund, after June 2017 our project with the Interamerican Foundation will end and we won’t be able to match any more donations.  But any donation that you make to our organization before June 2017, can be match 1 to 1 by the Interamerican Foundation.   

The Osa Community Fund has allocated $38,000 USD dollars to community development ranging from funding micro projects to building drinking water systems in isolated communities. This project has helped many communities to greatly improve their quality of life. The Osa Community Fund was created by our organization with funding from the InterAmerican Foundation earmarked for community projects.  These monies will be given to grass roots groups after they have committed to match the value of the donation by providing man-hours, or similar inputs to the project.  Due of the nature of this funding The Corcovado Foundation does not charge one dollar for its administration. Not having overhead costs means a larger investment in the communities we serve.

I know that there are so many worthy causes out there.  So many organizations in need!  That’s is why I am especially grateful that you decided to donate to our organization.   On behalf of our team, I want to express my deepest gratitude for your generous donation and I want to encourage you to keep informed of our activities and program through our facebook page at www.facebook.com/funcorco.  Please help us help more communities by making a donation to this project on Globalgiving.

We can demonstrate to the children of Osa Peninsula that we care and we can show them that we believe in them.

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Children from el Progreso
Children from el Progreso

The Osa Support Fund (FACOSA) will be allocating funding to the school in Progreso.

The teacher and parent’s association has requested financial support to rebuild the school at El Progreso in Drake Bay.   This school provides education to 25 children in this community.   The school sits in the middle of this sleepy town, forgotten by the government and in desperate need of improvements.

Being in one of Costa Rica’s most precipitous places is not easy on infrastructure.  The building needs lots of maintenance and attention.  The termites have worked their way through the infrastructure of the school and it is no longer safe for the children to receive classes in this school.   With the support of the FACOSA and the labor of the parents: children and teachers will soon have a better place to attend the lessons.  

We will be giving this school $3000 USD for the infrastructure improvements needed.  The school will also do some events such as fairs and a soccer championship to raise the additional funding required.  It is inspiring to see the parents working so hard and it is a honor to be able to help them.

This is such a worthy cause.   It’s so important that kids know what a treasure education is and how imperative it is that they study to make a better future for themselves.   As we mentioned in our last report: Children that attend schools in disrepair have lower attendance and worse grades[1]. Lower grades in school can contribute to lower self-confidence, and the lack of adequate education reduces access to future opportunities. 

We are in the last stretch of this fund.  After June our project with the Interamerican Foundation will end and we won’t be able to match any more donations.  But any donation that you make to our organization before June 2017, can be match 1 to 1.   Please help us help more communities by making a donation to this project on Globalgiving.

We can demonstrate to the children of Osa Peninsula that we care and  we can show them that we believe in them.

The Osa Community Fund has allocated $38,000 USD dollars to community development ranging from funding micro projects to building drinking water systems in isolated communities. This project has helped many communities to greatly improve their quality of life. The Osa Community Fund was created by our organization with funding from the InterAmerican Foundation earmarked for community projects.  These monies will be given to grass roots groups after they have committed to match the value of the donation by providing man-hours, or similar inputs to the project.  Due of the nature of this funding The Corcovado Foundation does not charge one dollar for its administration. Not having overhead costs means a larger investment in the communities we serve.

 

 

[1] Durán-Narucki, V. (2008). School building condition, school attendance, and academic achievement in New York City public schools: A mediation model. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 28, 278–286

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