As you may know, we have been busy transforming two neglected buildings into on our women and children’s community playground and education center in La Carpio; home to our Ilori Children’s Education programs and our local women’s group, Granos Solidarios. Recently, very serendipitously, the house on the other side of the first building came up for sale, and we knew, in our hearts, this was meant to be for the expansion and completion of our vision for the women and children’s center.
Therefore, we took a huge leap of faith; vigorously negotiated with the owner (bargained down to $17,000 USD total!); and managed to scrape $14,000 USD together, required for the down payment. We signed the papers on Monday, February 28th –now, we have until the end of March (March 31 is the deadline!) to come up with the remaining $3000 to “seal the deal.”
Therefore, we are appealing to our neighbors, supporters, and fans to contribute to pulling $3000 USD together by March 31. Twenty dollars here and $50 there, adds up quickly; no contribution is too small! Already individuals, companies and peer organizations are working with us to make our vision a reality. A local donated a double-door fridge. Local companies have pledged to assist us with creating an organic and aesthetic garden, the design and construction of the playground, as well as interior furnishings.
Grupo Armonia, a local collective of environmental professionals and artists, which seeks to connect and facilitate ecological consciousness movements throughout Costa Rica and Central America, and actively promotes the reconnection of humanity with the spirit of the earth through various activities, workshops, and the muy popular “Feria Verde” (Saturday morning Green Farmer’s Market in Barrio Aranjuez, San Jose), has hooked us up with an eco-architect! They will also be designing and creating a “vertical” organic veggie garden, as frequently used in urban permaculture.
Cemex has already donated a truck load of cement, and Mecco, another local company, has donated a truck of sand and gravel. In others words, we are getting to our complete vision for the women and children’s center at a rapid pace and all we need to seal the deal is $3000. Therefore, if there is any amount you can share, please donate here:
Or if you happen to be in Costa Rica, you can always donate directly to the Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation, Costa Rica at our bank:
Nombre: BAC San José, Costa Rica
Nombre del banco: BAC San José, Costa Rica
Número de cuenta: 906417993 (Moneda extranjera y americana)
Número de cuenta: 906418017
Thank you again for all your time, consideration, and support. And before I forget, Happy International Women’s Day!