Drake Bay is a small town of about 1200 individuals. The community is situated between the rainforest and the beach, it is considered to be Costa Rica's last frontier. Drake Bay has very minimal resources but is growing rapidly with most families settling here just about 40 years ago. While they do have running water, it is not regulated or safe to drink. There are still many needs that have to be met especially with the constant growing population and popularity in tourism.
Founder of LiveGlobally, nina be, and LiveGlobally's Director of Global Children's Programs, Pablo Robles strategize and coordinate the implementation of Water for Living Project in Drake Bay, Costa Rica.
To support the Primary School “la Escuela”:
Provide financial support to the teachers so they can support the children that have high risks ~50 per month
Provide a clean drinking water resource for the children and their families to have potable water in their homes to prevent disease ~3K
Help the school acquire 1 acre of land so the government can build a new school away from the maritime zone. ~35K
Provide clean water access to the community of Drake and its neighboring towns using rainwater harvesting technology
Inform and promote clean water
Improve the black-water contamination of the bay
Outreach for children health and enrichment
Establish a strong community that is will well organized and focus to self improvement and self sustainability
Reduce waste and grow eco-consciousness
If we can help develop a community water project where the community can support and give a portion to finance it, then they will be more likely to come together and co-create new programs for the children and eventually the whole community. Initiating an eco-sustainable community model to be adopted throughout the region.
Drake Bay consists of 2 different municipalities, each one consisting of about 2 or 3 towns with about a thousand inhabitants. Originally Drake was an agricultural town that started about 50-70 years ago. Ever since then it has develop into a primarily tourist town. With no governmental help, the town developed their own water infrastructure taking water from the local rivers. It’s common knowledge that the water is not completely potable; that it does contain some parasites and when it rains it is full of sediment giving it the appearance of brown water. Additionally, there is no major waste management system or protocol. The water in the bay around the town has been tested and found to be completely contaminated.
Clean water access in the community affects everyone, but especially young children. In the local elementary school, about 50% of kindergartens and first grades have health issues like diarrhea and malnutrition affecting their development and education. While the school and its leadership would like to help, they are already doing the most they can do. Because they are less than 200 meters away from the coastline, the government refuses to support them until they acquire new land away from the ‘maritime zone’ and with access to water.
Lastly, Drake Bay and surrounding communities suffer from a drug problem like many communities with few resources and minimum job opportunities. Because family are constantly on survival mode and focused on making money and giving all their attention to tourists, the children are suffering the most with little to no enrichment programs nor support to develop their interests and dreams. Many fall into epidemic of drug use and drug dealing, which leads to unhealthy habits and a distorted community development.
Families & Education
The typical family experience is one were the mother stays home to take care of the kids and the rest of the family goes to work in tourism-guides, cleaning, cooking. As a result only 5-12 years old actually go to school.
There is one elementary and a community center for older students. Every once in a while some organization from Costa Rica will provide free classes like English, CPR, nature class, etc., but parents are interested in a more sustainable experience for their kids. Many parents would like to have affordable options for extra curricula activities for the kids, especially for English.
One Elementary School
there are about 90 kids
very basic education
the school is too small for all students and have class int he hallways
they do not have enough teachers
most of the students start and end school at different times because of the lack of teachers and space
there are no substitute teachers, if a teacher is sick they cancel class or leave early
there is no potable water
There is no High school
The municipality has bought land to build a high school but nothing in the works as of now. Currently about 140 students that meet in a one-room communtiy space and sperate classed with rolling walls.
Trista Goforth started Corcovado Kids, a program based out of Drake Bay, Costa Rica that provides classes and enrichment opportunities to the local and international community. The goal is to build and develop an educational community center with a library, weekly enrichment classes, an after-school program, outdoor spaces for sports and activities, and a community garden for families. The plan is that it wold be run by locals and be a place of learning for the community and visitors that also provides a nourishing space for parents and small kids.
In order to become self sustaiing and generate income, the hope is to offer an internet cafe, daycare, inormationl canter, and a space for retreats.