Friday, July 7, 2017

Feel Good Friday - Amigos of Costa Rica

Hola, Amigos! I having an extra Feel Good Friday because I'm traveling in Costa Rica right now. Have I discovered a Costa Rican organization I'd like you to learn more about? Of course I have.

The website sums it up best. "Amigos of Costa Rica is a nonprofit organization that supports sustainable development in Costa Rica in four primary areas of focus: education, capacity-building, conservation, and science and technology." Incorporated in 2000 and based in Washington, DC, Amigos of Costa Rica is the U.S. affiliate of the Costa Rica - USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) in Costa Rica.

They currently provide support to 43 different projects throughout the country. Some examples include:
  • Asociacion Mar a Mar - developing a coast-to-coast trail to give hikers access to entrepreneurs in rural areas
  • SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary - dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, releasing and protecting injured and orphaned wild animals
  • JumpStart Costa Rica - offering intensive 4-week English classes to help lower income students level up with their peers 
All the partners and projects have been vetted by CRUSA and "are focused on building an empowered and sustainable Costa Rica by cultivating a spirit of community participation and philanthropy." 

Whether your passion is animals, the environment or education, there is a project for you. You can become an amigo of the Amigos by making a donation, liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter @AmigosCostaRica. Gracias!

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