A Canadian foundation has provided toys and clothing to 55 children in Guanacaste.
The foundation is Kids Explore, based in Williams Lake, British Columbia. The items were carried by a sponsor, Jet Blue, the foundation said.
The Hotel Iguanazul in Playa Junquillal south of Tamarindo provided the location and food for the fiesta.
The non-profit group, which has made more than 30 trips delivering assistance to Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Honduras and Belize over the past eight years, made its initial exploratory visit to Costa Rica six weeks ago.
Foundation President Glen Lahey connected with Hotel Iguanazul owner David McKague at that time and provided clothing, lunch and a pool party for 110 local children, said the foundation. The two hope that the ventures become an ongoing project for Kids Explore, which delivers cargo containers of corporately donated food, clothing and medical supplies to the nations where it already has established a presence, the foundation added.
“It’s all about helping the children and keeping them in school,” said Lahey, who started the foundation eight years ago with his wife, Debbie, to help needy youngsters in rural northern Canada. They extended their effort to the Caribbean and Central America about six years ago with the help of corporate donors like Jet Blue.