Guanacaste Community Fund
Youth After School Programs
The CREAR Association, founded in 2005, is a non-profit organization in the beach communities in and around Playa Sámara. CREAR offers a wide variety of services to the local members of the community, primarily children, all completely free of charge. CREAR seeks to provide a venue where children and young people can develop their artistic talents through creative art-education initiatives, while simultaneously learning life-long skills that will offer them a wider and more fulfilling range of employment opportunities in the future. Currently, CREAR offers an after-school program, a day camp during summer and winter vacations, in-school assemblies and community presentations, a teen club, an English program for elementary school children and a public library-the only one in Samara.
The Guanacaste Community Fund is supporting the initiation of “Las Divinas”, a girl’s empowerment course with local high school students. The after-school program will focus on education regarding self-love, internet safety, exercise/nutrition, and encouragement to finish high school and to pursue a fulfilling career.
- 7 different educational programs offered to over 200 kids in the surrounding area
- In 2015, 225 volunteers will work with CREAR
- In 2015, there will be 9 long-term interns
Andrea Keith, Program 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. 2685 4843
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
Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund
Tropical Dry Forest Conservation
The Guanacaste Tropical Dry Forest Conservation Fund (GDFCF) is a private nonprofit organization that supports conservation, scientific research and education in the public Guanacaste Conservation Area (ACG). The ACG is world renowned as one of the most successful efforts to restore and conserve an endangered ecosystem, in this case the tropical dry forest of the Central American Pacific coast. Work to conserve and protect this environment and the life within it is supported by outreach and education programs in surrounding communities, including a parataxonomist program that trains local residents to find, collect and classify the ACG’s biodiversity, and a Biological Education Program that brings schoolchildren from the region into the ACG to learn firsthand about the importance of the tropical dry forest and the life within it.
The GCF and the CRUSA Donor Advised Fund helped the GDFCF buy a new bus for the Biological Education Program in 2016.
- GDFCF works in ACG, which is home to 2.4% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity
- ACG is a 408,000 acre national park with 375,000 species
- GDFCF has 4 programs: biological inventory of species, community-based education programs, land management and support for unmet ACF operational needs
Eric Palola, Director
Nosara Animal Care
Help for Nosara’s Most Vulnerable Animals
Nosara Animal Care (NAC) is a Costa Rican based, nonprofit, animal welfare organization located in Nosara, Costa Rica. NAC’s mission is to provide quality health care for Nosara’s most vulnerable animals. They rehabilitate homeless, injured, and sick animals and find them loving homes. The rescue/rehab program takes all at-risk animals, restores them to health, and houses them until they are adopted. NAC also works with the community through educational programs to promote animal health. Additionally, NAC has a low-cost spay/neuter program and offers low-cost veterinary care for at-risk animals living in low-income homes. The goal is to eliminate animal suffering and promote compassion.
The Guanacaste Community Fund supported NAC in initiating its Super Dueños Education Program. This educational program teaches 4th grade children to treat animals with kindness and respect. After completion of the program, parents are invited to attend a forum to discuss what their children have learned about animal care.
- The education program, Super Duenos, has been presented to 4th grades in 6 schools
- In 2014, 10 clinics were sponsored in 9 different locations. 302 animals were seen at those clinics
- In 2014, permanent adoptive homes were found for 47 animals
Diane Bryant, President
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