Guanacaste Community Fund
Asociación Cultural Flamingo
Arts and Culture
The Cultural Association of Flamingo is a small community-based organization dedicated to bringing the arts and cultural activities to Playa Flamingo and surrounding communities. Comprised of residents, artists and businesses, the Association stages concerts, exhibits and festivals with the goal of educating and enriching the local community through exposure to music, arts and history.
The Guanacaste Community Fund helped the Association stage its first event in 2014, a festival commemorating the 25th of July, Guanacaste’s principal holiday, when local culture and customs are highlighted and celebrated.
- Currently +500 artists looking for space to exhibit work
- 10 association members
- Currently 0 places to educate creativity for children in Flamingo
- A following of +1,000 people for the organization’s events
Donovan Garcia, Director
Opportunities for Kids
CEPIA, an acronym that stands for Culture, Education and Psychology for Children and Adolescents, is a nonprofit organization that promotes education, health and opportunity for children and their families in Guanacaste. It works extensively with volunteers and with the support of local businesses to provide learning activities, training, psychological and legal counseling and other opportunities to disadvantaged children and families.
CEPIA recently inaugurated a community center in Huacas, Santa Cruz, which provides a wide range of services and activities in one place, and as part of a completely integrated program of support the population it serves.
The Guanacaste Community Fund and the CRUSA Donor Advised Fund has assisted CEPIA with the organization and expansion of a library, the equipping of a computer laboratory and with operating support for Casa Brasilito, a project that it operates together with Abriendo Mentes, another GCF grantee, and the La Paz Community School. Most recently the GCF and the CRUSA Donor Advised Fund supported the installation of an elevator in the community center.
- 1000 children and 500 adults benefit from CEPIA’s programs
- 145 volunteers participated in programs in 2014
- 2 beginners computer groups started in the new computer lab supported by Guanacaste Community Fund
Laetitia Deweer, Director
Nosara Civic Association
Keeping Nosara Green
Born many years ago as the Homeowner’s Association of the “American Project” at Guiones Beach in remote Nosara, the NCA has long played an important role in meeting basic needs for residents of the Project and local communities alike. More recently, as tourism in Nosara has boomed, the NCA has taken a more active stance in implementing environmental initiatives and advocating a land use plan for the community.
With support from the Harmony Fund of the GCF, the NCA has developed and maintained a series of trails for bikers and hikers through the extensive network of reserves owned by the association. With Harmony funds, the NCA is also supporting the coordination of the Rio Nosara Biological Corridor project. As part of the Rio Nosara Initiative, the environmental organization Costa Verdes, with a small grant from the GCF, will work with the NCA and landowners to create mini-corridors between the NCA’s reserves and the larger biological corridor. The NCA is also providing administrative support to Guardianes de la Naturaleza, an environmental education initiative for the public schools in the Rio Nosara Biological Corridor
Nice Alterman, President
Nosara Food Bank
About the Food Bank
The Nosara Food Bank, created in 2013, was organized to provide food and other essentials for needy families in the Nosara area. The Food Bank provides food for distribution by the Pastoral Social of the Catholic Church of Nosara by collecting donated food and household items at collection bins placed at local markets. The Food Bank also accepts cash donations and conducts fundraising. While the level of poverty in the Nosara District has improved, there are 25-40 families in any given month who need this assistance. The goal of the Nosara Food Bank is to provide sufficient support for food and necessities to meet these needs. Assistance from the Nosara Food Bank is only for emergency relief and where extreme poverty and hunger exist.
GCF supported the Nosara Food Bank to provide increased assistance to more families and to build up a cash reserve for the rainy season, when unemployment increases and need becomes quite widespread. With outreach and fund raising, the organizers of Nosara Food Bank believe that the combination of awareness and involvement of local donors will lead to a sustainable program.
- Average of 12 families fed per month
- 4 bags of beans provided to families per month
- 5 volunteers running the food bank
Children’s Education and Health
Creciendo Juntos (Growing Together), is a nonprofit organization that has worked for over twelve years supporting the elementary and high schools in the northern region of the Nicoya Peninsula. It was founded as the social responsibility program of Ecodesarrollos Peninsula Papagayo, the company which developed the Papagayo Peninsula, an enclave of exclusive homes and hotels, including the Four Seasons Resort. Today it operates independently, with a great deal of support from the residents and visitors of Papagayo.
In addition to supporting 18 public elementary and high schools with materials, books, transportation and improvements in infrastructure, Creciendo Juntos also operates the Children’s Clinic in Comunidad de Carrillo. The clinic provides preventive care for over 3,000 children a year through an innovative partnership between Creciendo Juntos, private funders and the Costa Rican Social Security Agency (the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social), which operates the country’s public clinics and hospitals.
The Guanacaste Community Fund has worked with Creciendo Juntos to provide funding for the Children’s Clinic, and has also supported Se Quema el Cielo, a program to raise awareness of the dangers and prevention of wildfires, a serious problem in Guanacaste during the dry season. In 2015 it is working with Creciendo Juntos to implement the Solar Schools Project, which will place solar panels on public schools and teach children about energy conservation and climate change.
- Over $650,000 has been donated through volunteers to schools and families in need
- The Carrillo health clinic takes care of 350-400 kids per month
- 19 communities and 21 educational institutions are in the circle of influence of the NGO
Elsa Bonilla, Director
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