Helping People Help Themselves To Self-Sufficiency
El Puente - The Bridge
Purpose: Assist families in placing and keeping children in school
Cost: Approximately $156 for startup and $9 per month per student
Currently: Started 142 children in 2013, in 17 schools in Costa Rica and 5 in Panama
Next Steps: Work with the schools we impact and determine what we can do to help.
Make sure that schools get additional supplies as they are donated.
Purpose: Provide hot meals three days a week in a "Community Kitchen" format;
Provide one bag of supplemental food each week for qualifying families on a
Cost: Hot meals: Approximately $1.88 per bowl of soup
One bag of supplemental food: $19.61 per bag
Currently: Providing hot meals for 150 people a week, more or less;
Providing bags of supplemental food for 5 families in exchange for
Our screened-in porch and outdoor space now
accommodates up to 80 people
Cooking facilities have been "tuned" and stretched to capacity.
Next Steps: Maintain newly constructed outdoor eating area
Purchase additional land where a larger Bridge facility will be constructed.
Purpose: Make Microloans to help individuals become self-sufficient.
Cost: Technically, the cost has been zero. The interest rate on the loans is set to
cover expenses and to provide some growth in the program.
Currently: 32 loans have been made
24 have been repaid, with another written off due to death of borrower
Next Steps: Hire a manager for the microloan program.--in process
Implement new Grameen-based Guidelines as part of expansion.
Resume fund raising for program, and expand to 100 loans
Purpose: Assist where possible in preserving Bribri culture and language.
Duplicate and distribute language materials as appropriate.
Develop and present a workshop in which 3-4 Bribri Curanderos
work with 10-12 MDs to bring the Bribri knowledge of medicinal
plants to the medical community.
Cost: Duplication of language and culture materials for distribution
costs $5 per copy, and copies have been made for distribution to
interested people. Language materials are available from the University
of Costa Rica website, but reducing them to paper and distributable CDs is
Currently: 8 copies of language materials have been made and distributed.
Next Steps: Work with a partner interested in working with Curanderos and
MDs to set up a workshop on medicinal plants and natural healing.
Purpose: Continue learning how we can be of service by connecting with additional
community leaders. Interviews now in process for the Microloan Program
CURRENT PROGRAM STATUS REPORT
As of June 2013