Campaign promotes thanking Costa Rica

The Costa Rica U.S.A. Foundation and its U.S. donation platform, Amigos of Costa Rica, celebrated Giving Tuesday today by launching a new campaign, #GraciasCostaRica. on Twitter.

The effort encourages people in Costa Rica and friends of the country around the world to share what they love about Costa Rica. The messages will help draw attention to innovative projects in conservation, education and rural development.

Members of the public are invited to visit to upload messages identifying the greatest gift Costa Rica has given them, whether that’s family, a great education or an unforgettable vacation, including a photo or video if desired.

“I want to thank this country for giving me the opportunity to attend public school,” Channel 7 news anchor Ginnés Rodríguez, one of the first participants, said in her video. “It gave me the foundation I needed to achieve what I’ve achieved to this point.”

To see other messages, readers can visit the #GraciasCostaRica news feed.

By uploading a message, participants will help draw attention to innovative projects around the country, according to Michelle Coffey, executive director of the Costa Rica U.S.A. Foundation. Those projects can be viewed, and supported through online donations, on the #GraciasCostaRica page. They range from a groundbreaking sustainable tourism project in the Osa Peninsula, to a cutting-edge national math reform in public schools, to English-language education projects led by U.S. Peace Corps volunteers.

As part of its mission to support sustainable development in Costa Rica, the Costa Rica U.S.A. Foundation and Amigos of Costa Rica allow outstanding nonprofit initiatives that would not otherwise be able to receive international online donations to use their platform free of charge.

“We hope to inspire people to reflect everything Costa Rica gives to the world, from its tradition of peace, to its investment in education, to its natural beauty,” Director Coffey said. “We are proud to be working for the sustainable development of Costa Rica, hand in hand with some of the best community organizations, nonprofit organizations and public-private alliances in the country.”

To participate, readers can simply visit the Web site to see others’ messages. They can click on “Dele gracias a Costa Rica” and enter their name, message and optional photo or video. When the message is approved and published, its author will receive an email with a link so he or she can share it on Facebook or Twitter, thus drawing attention to the campaign and the nonprofit initiatives involved.

Daily updates, including more videos from public figures who are donating their time to the campaign, will be published throughout the month of December on the campaign Web site and the foundation and Amigos Facebook pages.

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