After Kelly Mason and her two children moved to the southern tip of the Nicoya peninsula four years ago, they discovered there was a downside.
The gravel roads are so dusty that they began to get sick.
“We realized that 95 percent of the children in the area, more then 1,500, had been diagnosed with chronic asthma, allergies, lung infections, skin infections, and eye infections,” she said.
So Ms. Mason, a Canadian, decided to do something. She founded Pave the Road, an organization set up to pave roads in front of schools so children would have clean air.
She said she spent a lot of her own money on the effort, and now she has set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise $60,000.
A unique twist is that the organization is stockpiling and continues to collect recycled plastic to build what she says will be the first recycled plastic road in Central America.
Ms. Mason has extensive technical studies on the use of plastic and rubber waste and has had engineers design the road at the Santa Teresa school.
She said that there are more then 4,000 vehicles that pass in front of the school daily making big clouds of dust and that the white-out effect from the dust has been a factor in fatal accidents.
The GoFundMe Web page is HERE!