Guanacaste Community Fund
Do It Foundation
The Do It Foundation provides practical and immediate assistance to those who need it most: in conjunction with the Free Wheelchair Mission, and international organization, it has imported, assembled and distributed over 7,700 wheelchairs in Guanacaste and throughout Costa Rica. The Foundation coordinates with organizations such as schools, the Catholic Church, municipal governments, the Red Cross, Lions Clubs and the Boy and Girl Scouts to reach deep within local communities to those in need of its services.
The Do it Foundation is a charitable extension of the Papagayo Do it Center, the largest full service hardware and home center in Costa Rica. It also cooperates closely with the nonprofit Clinica Biblica, Costa Rica’s oldest and largest private hospital.
The Guanacaste Community Fund supports a Foundation program to provide local communities with defibrillators and to train them in their use.
Silvia Villalobos, Director
Voz de Guanacaste
Accountability and Solutions Journalism
The Voz de Guanacaste, Costa Rica’s first nonprofit newspaper, has a strong focus on environmental and social issues, and on the operation of local governments in Guanacaste. The philosophy of the Voz is to to pioneer “community based journalism” in Costa Rica, where community members participate directly in reporting on issues of importance to their communities. The Voz de Guanacaste also seeks to have a strong impact by undertaking in-depth investigative reporting on issues of importance to Guanacaste, a first for a regionally-focused newspaper in Costa Rica. All of its content is published in Spanish and English
The Voz de Guanacaste was founded as a newsletter in Nosara, but with the support primarily of Buzzfeed Founder John Johnson and his wife Susan, who are investors and frequent visitors to Nosara, has grown to become a regularly published newspaper with a high and uniform level of quality.
Emiliana García, Editor in Chief email@example.com
Tel. 2685 4843
Restoring Coastal Ecosystems
Costas Verdes is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to conserve and restore coastal ecosystems on public lands, including protected areas, publicly owned portions of beaches, mangroves, riverbanks and wetlands.
Costas Verdes believes that the active participation of local communities in these activities and environmental education is vital in these processes. To this end, Costa Verdes involves schoolchildren in its activities, and organizes workshops in local schools and communities. In most cases its activities are supported by local businesses, which donate funds, materials and the time of their workers. Students from the country’s universities as well as international visitors also volunteer their time.
Costas Verdes also establishes nurseries in coastal communities with the support of local families, schools and businesses, which provide the plants and trees necessary for its work. Costas Verdes receives support from public agencies such as the National System of Conservation Areas and the Ministry of the Environment and Energy.
The GCF, with resources from the Harmony and CRUSA Donor Advised Funds, has supported Costas Verde’s Barrigona beach forest restoration project in Nosara, as well as outreach to public schools in the Nosara Area. Costa Verdes is also a local partner in the Rio Nosara Biological Corridor Initiative.
- 6,500 trees have been planted since 2011 when the project started in Nosara
- 20 different species of native trees has been chosen to restore the forest near the beach
- 4 acres are being restored with native species in the Barriguiones project
Gerardo Bolaños, Coordinator of Barriguiones Project
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
Protecting Water Resources
The Nicoyagua Foundation is a Nicoya based organization that works to protect water resources in the Nicoya, Hojancha and surrounding areas. Nicoyagua was founded by representatives of local and national governmental agencies who saw the need for private action to complement their efforts. Today Nicoyagua not only includes these founding representatives, but also community members from many walks of life. Its primary concern is to protect critical water sources and watersheds through conserving lands, restoration of natural habitats and education.
The Guanacaste Community Fund has supported Nicoyagua with matching funds to implement a project to work with landowners in the watersheds of the Quiriman and Potrero rivers to create living fences with Jatropha, or Tempate, trees. The project is designed to increase tree cover, prevent erosion, and provide landowners with an alternative source of income from the seeds of the trees, which produce a valuable oil that can be used for biofuel, as a natural pesticide, as a dye and for medicinal purposes.
The Nicoyagua Foundation is also an active partner in the Rio Nosara Biological Corridor and in the efforts of the GCF and the Harmony Donor Advised Fund to support ASADAS (rural water managment associations) in the watershed of the Rio Nasara.
Xinia Campos, Director
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