For the remote native communities, Santa comes by helicopter

Up in the high Talamancas and at reserves in the province of Cartago, residents frequently look down to see clouds.

This is a remote land where the best access is by helicopter. The native residents maintain their own cultures and interact with modern life mostly in emergencies.

The communities have names like Alto Telire, El Chirripo and Grano de Oro that were mostly the product of Tico officialdom.

Among the young, the feelings are mixed. Many want to leave the native reserve and become part of the larger population. To do that, they need training and help. So the security ministry’s Dirección del Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea once again combined Christmas with the delivery of school necessities.

Among the educational centers that received the deliveries is the Escuela Tsiöbata, a school with a single teacher in a small community in Siquirres, Limón.

The project is called  Alas para crecer, meaning “wings to grow.” Students get food, clothing, gifts, much needed boots and school supplies. Chirripo and Grano de Oro are in Turrialba de Cartago.  Alto Telire is in the Talamancas. This is the third year of the project.

Students check out the new school supplies in their well-ventilated classroom.

Students check out the new school supplies in their well-ventilated classroom.

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