Canadians are gearing up to raise funds for a badly needed new roof and outhouses at a remote school high up in the Talamanca mountains in distant southeast Costa Rica.
The Asociación Caritativa Canadiense is extending an invitation to expats and friends of Canada to join the celebration of their homeland’s 148th birthday with a family fun day at the Hotel La Rosa de America in La Garita June 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day is a Saturday.
Ticket purchases support a 16-year program of assistance to schools in need. The association’s goal is to exceed last year’s proceeds of $3,000 so that the work can continue.
A small team from the association braved a difficult two-hour horseback ride to reach the Sarkli school in the Talamancas and assess the needs of those there. They found the roof of the school to be severely leaking, an intolerable situation for the 16 Cabecar children and their teacher during the many months of rain.
And an outhouse was unfit for use. The children and various members of the community were all using the teacher’s bathroom. Proceeds from this year’s Canada Day celebration will provide the materials, transportation and labor to undertake and complete the project.
A new venture is also planned to focus on high schools with high drop-out rates. The Asociación Caritativa Canadiense said it hopes to provide needed infrastructure, defined by the students themselves, that has the greatest value to improve the learning environment and pride in school. Three high schools considered for the pilot project are located in the Caribbean and San José areas.
Tickets for the June 27 event are 10,000 colons. Children under 12 are free. Included are food, swimming pool, music and raffle prizes, the association said. To purchase tickets or to make a donation to the school projects, those interested can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The work of The Asociación Caritativa Canadiense began in 2000 as the Outreach Committee of the Canadian Club of Costa Rica. Since then more than $330,000 has been donated to 95 schools in need throughout the country.