Assisting Our Community
These are just a very few of the opportunities available to help out in our area.
QuePasa is happy to list volunteer projects that need support.
Just send a brief article/ paragraph along with a photo if possible to the Editor.
We’ve noticed that there are a lot of people working to do good things within our adopted local communities. There are many of you out there who do not mind rolling up your sleeves for a good cause! However, there are probably more of you who would be delighted to simply make a financial contribution, especially if it could be made a little easier.
Our objective here is for Que Pasa subscribers to be aware of worthwhile local charities and offer an easier way to make ongoing or one-time contributions. This simplified path should be a real benefit to increasing the results of your fundraising efforts, as well. We therefore offer this Contributions page to spotlight charitable options in our subscriber readership area and connect readers with information about, and links to, those in need.
Keep in mind there are two ways for a person to donate financially:
- directly to the individual organizer(s);
- funds can be donated to a bank account
To list a charitable effort:
Listings will only be accepted for charitable efforts benefiting our local Que Pasa readership focus, the cantons of Grecia, Sarchi (Valverde Vega), and Naranjo.
Please provide a name, brief description and/or mission statement to promote your charitable effort (limit this description to 150 words--you may also include up to 3 photos if available). Feel free to include a note about a current project or ongoing need.
Give us information about how contributions can be made:
Option 1) provide information about how donors can give money directly to you; or
Option 2) provide bank account information to which contributions can be made:
- provide the seventeen-digit bank routing number for colon transfers (if you don't have it, inquire at the receiving bank's service platform). This is essential for SINPE (interbank) transactions.
- the full name of the account holder.
- the bank account holder's cedula number (individual or corporation).
- the bank account number.
- the account holder's email address. Note: Some banks require the recipient bank account holder’s telephone number for SINPE transfers.
Please provide the requirements listed above to the Editor for listing here.
Que Pasa's disclaimer: we are not able to endorse or guarantee the worthiness of any project or effort we include for your consideration. You will be able to read about each cause and decide for yourself as to whether it is worthy of your support. Donors are responsible for their own due diligence.
Links to information for local charitable options
Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center
(formerly known as ZooAve, in Alajuela) has faced visitor restrictions due to the pandemic, meaning 89% of their funding has disappeared. But there is no lockdown on PREVENTING EXTINCTION or RESCUING INJURED AND ORPHANED ANIMALS! They have continued rescuing wildlife despite the financial pressures, and are receiving more animals than ever as smaller rescue centers close down. It is essential to their survival that the community helps them continue their work.
|Click here to go to their GoFundMe Campaign and make a donation. They have a long ways to go! But they are fulfilling a vital need and deserve support of the community.
My Mother's Angels -
Romeo Gallegos - Pottery of San Juan del Oriente
Many in our community know Romeo from his door to door sales and also from various events in and around Grecia where he was able to sell the beautiful pottery that his family creates. His father-in-law was the first person in their town to learn to throw pots back in the mid 1970's.
Covid has deeply affected his family's ability to earn - period. A number of us have been chipping in to send him funds to keep them going until such time as he is able to return to Costa Rica to sell again.
We had high hopes for him to arrive at the end of May 2021 but with the second wave of virus here, it currently doesn't look to promising.
If you would like to be on the monthly reminder list to send a stipend to help, please contact Diane.
Thank you for your consideration, no amount is too small.
Strong Missions - An opportunity for all of us
submitted by Aaron AalborgIn our Costa Rican happiness, we are surrounded by silent suffering. Families go hungry. Children are deprived of love, comfort and opportunity. Mostly we see little of this, because we do not visit the deprived areas of the Central Valley. Some problems are hiding just off our own streets, in Sarchi, the ridges of Grecia and beyond. Wouldn’t it be great if somehow we could do something about it? If only we could share our own luck and happiness...
My neighbor, Charlie Strong, and I have a mutual interest and background in martial arts. He is a Black belt in Karate. This makes for convivial conversation at barbeques. From this, I became vaguely aware that he teaches local children and was involved in other charitable activities. Only after he invited me to see a Karate contest did the broader scope, success and the ambitions of his charity become clear. His is a story worth telling.
Charlie is from a modest background in south Texas. He explains that he was a rumbustious young fellow. He had dropped out of college and was wasting his life, partying. He drifted through various jobs. Like many of us, he was dissatisfied and did not know why. He was helped to find his life’s path by a local Methodist Church. For those who are not religious like me, please read on. He wanted to help young people to have a better chance in life, instead of the drugs and gangs which awaited many of them. To that end he resumed his education, became a minister and worked at various college campuses.
In 2003 he led a team that visited Costa Rica, to help 20 children with special education needs. The children had cerebral palsy or various other severe learning difficulties. Charlie and his team helped with IT support and teaching. One child desperately needed surgery and had no funding. Charlie raised the money in the US, returning alone that year to follow up and extend his activities. During his further visits he met his wife Angela. She has completed her business degree and has joined him working in the program for the past year.
Charlie founded what has become Strong Missions. Its vision is that all families in Latin America have the right to attain a dignified life. The mission is to develop Latin American communities through sustainable investment in order to break the cycle of poverty, end delinquent behavior and reduce social risk, thereby bringing about changes in global perspectives. Since 2004 it has grown to be an officially recognized charity in the US and Costa Rica, with a supervisory board in both countries.
Strong Missions now has other staff and hundreds of help providers. The team works in a non-denominational and secular way. It fulfills the above vision through four programs, to break the cycle of poverty.
The programs are:
Presently, Charlie has a hub facility in progress near Grecia. It will provide dormitories for volunteer workers, sports and teaching areas and much more. As my US friends would say, I am ‘blown away and stoked’ by what I have discovered.
So what can you do to help? Visit the website and Facebook page to learn more.
Office phone 2444 0321 (Monday through Friday-8am to 5 pm)
You can help by:
Charlie Strong is happy to talk to individuals and groups about these activities. He has moving examples of the differences his team has made to peoples’ lives.
Opportunities to help Children's Home
Residencia de Vida -- San Isidro de Grecia
Here is an opportunity to help out locally. The children in this group home have many needs that we are asking for help in providing.
The coming school break means the children will have more free time and we are looking for volunteers to help with outings and activities at the home.
A Ray of Hope in Grecia
by Sandra Fernandez-Lopez
DEDICATED, COMPASSIONATE TEACHERS: The Teachers are doing a yeoman's job. Most teachers handle up to seven students each. They are required to change diapers as well as try to provide the students with some sort of training to assist them in the future to become adults with some sort of employable skills. There are two Speech Therapists and one Physical Therapist to assist with the many students that require that therapy.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! If you can provide any sort of handyman skills. Of course we need electrical, plumbing, cement work and carpentry, but there is plenty of work that requires less skills such as helping the skilled trades with running errands, bringing tools, clean up, handing them water, you know....the little things!