Guanacaste Community Fund
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
David S. Kitson Library
Bringing the World to Nosara
The David S. Kitson Memorial Library was built and donated to the Nosara community by Beverly Kitson, her family and many donations from supporters. Before it was established, there was no place for the community to find books and for children to do research.
Children and high school students now use the library and computer lab for research, homework and projects. Community members may also use the internet, attend and teach arts and crafts classes, receive English lessons, and work towards obtaining a high school decree, among other things. The library was founded more than 15 years ago in a classroom in the local school, but has since moved to a new, more comfortable building that houses a collection of over 12,000 books, a meeting room and a computer center.
The Library has worked closely with the GCF on several projects. Most importantly, the GCF authorized a matching grant for the library to hire an assistant director, purchase Kindles for the use of the reading clubs, and improve security. As one of the oldest and strongest of the community nonprofits in the Nosara area, the Kitson Library has also helped other newer organizations implement projects funded by the GCF by administering grant money.
- 6 volunteers teach computer skills, English and arts to kids and adults from one to 90 years old
- 14,000 visitors attended the library in 2013
- 12,000 books complete the collection of the David S. Kitson Memorial Library
Beverly Kitson, Director
Misión Tiburón is a marine conservation organization dedicated to the conservation of marine life — primarily sharks and rays — through research, education and political action. It was founded in 2009 by a group of young and highly motivated Costa Rican marine biologists and is based in Playas de Coco, Guanacaste. Presently, its efforts are focused primarily on the Pacific waters of Costa Rica, with bull sharks, hammerhead sharks, and danta rays among the species receiving special attention.
The GCF, with resources from the Las Catalinas and CRUSA Donor Advised Funds, is supporting both an educational campaign in local schools and research directed to protecting the giant Danta Ray.
- Between 2010-2014, 500 sharks have been tagged
- Over 2,500 children along the Pacific Coast have been involved with programs and projects
- Over 100 public officials (MINAE, Coast Guard, INCOPESCA) have been trained in biology, conservation, and collection of data for control and protection
Andrés Lopez, 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.
Nice Alterman, President
Esperanza School Project
After a devastating earthquake in 2012 damaged the school in Esperanza, Nosara, a group of concerned community members decided to launch an initiative to build a new one. The Esperanza School Project (ESP) was created in 2015 to raise funds to purchase land and build and maintain a new school for the children of Esperanza.
The ESP was founded after a benefit concert and fundraiser at the Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort in Nosara in March 2015 yielded $12,000 for the initiative. In July 2015, a crowdfunding platform was launched after Nosara resident Shivanter Singh organized a Be the Vision Conference at the Omega Institute in New York. Be the Vision 2016 will be held in June.
In September 2015, rendering drawings were presented to propel the design and building of the new school.
The Guanacaste Community Fund is accepting tax deductible donations for the campaign in both the U.S. and Costa Rica.
- 200 schoolchildren from Esperanza will benefit from the Esperanza School Project, which will be developed in three phases: purchase land, build the school, sustain the school.
For Costa Rica income tax deduction through the CRUSA Foundation.
For U.S. tax deduction through our partner Amigos of Costa Rica.