Osa Community Support Fund

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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

Proyectos productivos
Proyectos productivos

Many coastal communities in Costa Rica continue to have the highest poverty numbers due to lack of investment by the Costa Rican government. Public safety, education, transportation, and healthcare are some of the services currently neglected in the Osa Peninsula in the southwest of Costa Rica. These communities have the lowest rate of development and the worst health indexes. Targeted improvements, such as improving school buildings, can go a long way. 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.  Together we can change this!  We can show the children of Osa Peninsula that we care, we can show them that we believe in them and they can, and will flourish with our support. We can be the spark.

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.

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.

This is our last year fundraising!  We need to raise $15,000 USD this month in order to get a matching donation from the Interamerican Foundation.

This will give the local communities at least $30,000 to invest in critical needs this year.  This is vital because this project is ending in June 2017. We will only have a year to allocate the money to the projects that will be the most effective in improving the life communities in the Osa Peninsula.  These communities desperately need investment in their future.

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. Communities are invited to participate and every year 4 or 5 projects receive $3000 USD in order to implement improvements for their communities.   If this effort is successful we will be providing funding to 10 projects altogether, which could build pedestrian bridges for rivers that today separate students from their schools, improve medical services, and fix school infrastructure.  We are uploading a pdf presentation that can better illustrate some of the community projects that have been financed in the past.   Take a look and pitch in.   You will truly make a difference in these communities.

 

 

[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

Improving a community based tourism trail
Improving a community based tourism trail
Community Center at El Progreso
Community Center at El Progreso

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Grupo de Mujeres de la Esperanza
Grupo de Mujeres de la Esperanza

March 8 is the International Women's Day.  It is a global day creating awareness about the importance of social, economic, cultural and political improvements for women, as well as their achievements and contributions.  The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and in the midst of all these changes women starting to claim for equal rights. 

At the Corcovado Foundation we celebrate and encourage women because we believe in their power, their importance as mothers, as workers, and leaders. Every day in rural communities, where our organization works, we see the power and the commitment of women:   The money received by a woman is almost always immediately invested on direct family needs.   Women often lead their families by example with such matters as healthy diets, recycling and many other important issues.

As part of the Osa Community Support Fund, the foundation has invested in women’s development by providing funding for materials, equipment and training for new economic activities. Last year, we provided support to La Esperanza Women Group in Rancho Quemado. This group of women works with fique art crafts such as bags, mats and other products.  Fique has been used for many centuries to make all kinds of things such as ropes and sandals.  These women are not only rediscovering an ancient craft and culture, but also they are bringing extra income to their families. This is only one of the many groups our organization has supported through the Osa Community Fund.

Hundreds of people in Osa Peninsula has benefitted from the Osa Community Fund.  This fund is fed with donations from people like you, sitting at home and wondering how to make the world a better place, without having to embark in a mission trip or a volunteer program. Your donations will be match by the Interamerican Foundation one to one, and our organization will not charge a single coin for selecting, supporting and overseeing worthy projects that will change the life of many people in the Osa Peninsula.

In the past our organization allocated more than $22,000 USD in donations to a dozen of small projects in communities such as Rancho Quemado, El Progreso, Agujitas and La Tarde, in the Osa Peninsula.  But there are many more needs to be covered and very limited funding. There are schools that need roofs, rivers without bridges that challenge brave children on their way to school, water systems to be built, and more.

The Corcovado Foundation is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable use of natural resources as a way to alleviate the pressure that exists on the priceless natural resources of the Osa Peninsula.  The Corcovado Foundation is responsible for the administration of the funds and the monitoring of the projects without adding any additional cost.  Therefore, every dollar collected goes directly to support community projects.  

women doing their craft
women doing their craft
Cabuya plant/Fique
Cabuya plant/Fique
Traditional Farm
Traditional Farm

We need your help to maintain this program!

This is the season of giving, and we hope that you, who have known our projects and their huge impact, will find in your heart to keep helping these communities.

Hundreds of people in Osa Peninsula has benefitted from the Osa Community Fund.  This fund is fed with donations from people like you, sitting at home and wondering how to make the world a better place, without having to embark in a mission trip or a volunteer program. Your donations will be match by the Interamerican Foundation one to one, and our organization will not charge a single coin for selecting, supporting and overseeing worthy projects that will change the life of many people in the Osa Peninsula.

In the past our organization allocated more than $22,000 USD in donations to a dozen of small projects in communities such as Rancho Quemado, El Progreso, Agujitas and La Tarde, in the Osa Peninsula.  But there are many more needs to be covered and very limited funding. There are schools that need roofs, rivers without bridges that challenge brave children on their way to school, water systems to be built, and more.

The Corcovado Foundation is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable use of natural resources as a way to alleviate the pressure that exists on the priceless natural resources of the Osa Peninsula.  The Corcovado Foundation is responsible for the administration of the funds and the monitoring of the projects without adding any additional cost.  Therefore, every dollar collected goes directly to support community projects. 

However, this 2015 has been tough for our organization.  This year our staff has been prolific… 4 new children were born in 2015.  Costa Rica’s law protects women with 4 months of paid maternity leave.  There are 4 new children that under the care of sensitive parents, will surely become environmental leaders.   However, 4 mothers out on maternity leave are 50% of our staff gone for 4 months.    So, we have been understaffed, and therefore not able to follow up on the fundraising efforts we undertake every year. 

We need your help this year more than ever.  Make a donation today, large or small, and help us show this underprivileged community, people in the world care. 

traditional farm 2
traditional farm 2
Corcovado National Park
Corcovado National Park

Dear friends of Globalgiving!

Just a quick update regarding our community development program:  We are really excited to tell you about the success of this program in Río Tigre.

We chose the community of Río Tigre due to the large number of residents who continue to enter illegally into the Corcovado National Park to hunt animals and pan for gold.  The Ministry for the Environment (MINAE) had asked us to help them find economical activities for this community. Thanks to the support of donors like you and the blue moon fund, we were able to start working with the Conservationist Association of Dos Brazos in Río Tigre and respond to the call for help from MINAE.

I am thrilled to let you know that this project has been a great success, especially because the response from the community and participation of local residents in the project has been unprecedented.  The Conservationist Association is impressive: their determination to make Río Tigre a more sustainable and prosperous community is absolutely inspiring.

In my 14 years of working with Corcovado Foundation I have never had the privilege to work with another group as committed and as capable.

Thanks to your help we have provided five more tour guide certification courses for 15 members of the community, and five more local residents have signed up to an agreement to pay in instalments so that they can also complete their certification.

A couple of months ago, we  visited the new trail into the Corcovado National Park that the association built. It took us 7 hours to cover the 14.5 kms (9 miles) of this stunning new trail. The guide was excited to tell us about all the wonderful change that this project is bringing to the communities.  He told us about how he grew up hunting and mining. He was very honest about the damage that he himself had caused previously and how, thanks to the new project, he has now pledged to quit mining. He shared stories about how unpleasant it used to be sleeping in the forest, hiding and running from the park rangers, and how now as a guide he makes in just three days the same amount that he would make on an average month of gold panning.

Since the trail was open at the end of February the community has received 105 tourists paying $75 USD per person for a total of  $7,875,  guides have made $4.200, the association made  $1.050 and MINAE made $1050 for park entrances.

Thank you so much for supporting these great efforts.  We are thrilled to be part of this great success!  Your contributions will keep changing people’s lives and supporting therefore protecting the environment.  Keep us in mind this end of the year!

 

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Corcovado Foundation

Location: Moravia,, San Jose - Costa Rica
Website: http:/​/​www.corcovadofoundation.org
Project Leader:
Alejandra Monge
Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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