Guanacaste Community Fund
Do It Foundation
The Do It Foundation provides practical and immediate assistance to those who need it most: in conjunction with the Free Wheelchair Mission, an international organization, it has imported, assembled and distributed over 7,700 wheelchairs in Guanacaste and throughout Costa Rica. The Foundation coordinates with organizations such as schools, the Catholic Church, municipal governments, the Red Cross, Lions Clubs and the Boy and Girl Scouts to reach deep within local communities to those in need of its services.
The Do it Foundation is a charitable extension of the Papagayo Do it Center, the largest full service hardware and home center in Costa Rica. It also cooperates closely with the nonprofit Clinica Biblica, Costa Rica’s oldest and largest private hospital.
The Guanacaste Community Fund supports a Foundation program to provide local communities with defibrillators and to train them in their use.
The President of the Do It Foundation, John Scheman, is a member of the GCF board of directors
Silvia Villalobos, Director
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Founded in January of 1999, the Refuge for Wildlife has been a place for injured, https://olymptrade.com.pk/ displaced and orphaned wildlife from Nosara, the Nicoya Peninsula and beyond for over 15 years. Many of the new arrivals are very young orphaned Howler Monkeys. They arrive in backpacks, wrapped in T-shirts or towels, cardboard boxes and grocery bags. The Refuge receives and treats all types of wild animals but the Howler Monkeys have become the refuge’s specialty.
At the Refuge Clinic, there is a team of professionals and volunteers who provide immediate and long-term medical attention. Injured adult animals that require continued care are quarantined for a period of time and then transferred to outdoor enclosures, where they continue to receive supervision and medical evaluation. As soon as the adult animals are deemed healthy they are returned to the jungle and whenever possible, to the same location from where they were rescued.
The GCF has supported the Refuge’s educational outreach program for local public schools and accepts tax-deductible donations on its behalf in the United States.
Randy and Brenda Bombard, Co-Founders and Directors
Nosara Animal Care
Help for Nosara’s Most Vulnerable Animals
Nosara Animal Care (NAC) is a Costa Rican based, nonprofit, animal welfare organization located in Nosara, Costa Rica. NAC’s mission is to provide quality health care for Nosara’s most vulnerable animals. They rehabilitate homeless, injured, and sick animals and find them loving homes. The rescue/rehab program takes all at-risk animals, restores them to health, and houses them until they are adopted. NAC also works with the community through educational programs to promote animal health. Additionally, NAC has a low-cost spay/neuter program and offers low-cost veterinary care for at-risk animals living in low-income homes. The goal is to eliminate animal suffering and promote compassion.
The Guanacaste Community Fund supported NAC in initiating its Super Dueños Education Program. This educational program teaches 4th grade children to treat animals with kindness and respect. After completion of the program, parents are invited to attend a forum to discuss what their children have learned about animal care.
- The education program, Super Duenos, has been presented to 4th grades in 6 schools
- In 2014, 10 clinics were sponsored in 9 different locations. 302 animals were seen at those clinics
- In 2014, permanent adoptive homes were found for 47 animals
Diane Bryant, President
Protecting Water Resources
The Nicoyagua Foundation is a Nicoya-based organization that works to protect water resources in Nicoya, Hojancha and surrounding areas. Nicoyagua was founded by representatives of local and national governmental agencies who saw the need for private action to complement their efforts. Today Nicoyagua not only includes these founding representatives, but also community members from many walks of life. Its primary concern is to protect critical water sources and watersheds through conserving lands, restoration of natural habitats and education.
The Guanacaste Community Fund has supported Nicoyagua with matching funds to implement a project olymptrade.com.pk/ to work with landowners in the watersheds of the Quiriman and Potrero rivers to create living fences with Jatropha, or Tempate, trees. The project is designed to increase tree cover, prevent erosion, and provide landowners with an alternative source of income from the seeds of the trees, which produce a valuable oil that can be used for biofuel, as a natural pesticide, as a dye and for medicinal purposes.
The Nicoyagua Foundation is also an active partner in the Rio Nosara Biological Corridor and in the efforts of the GCF and the Harmony Donor Advised Fund to support ASADAS (rural water management associations) in the watershed of the Rio Nosara and its principal tributary, the Rio Quirimán.
Xinia Campos, Director
Asociación Pro Fútbol de Guanacaste
Soccer, Youth and Personal Development
APROGUA (the Pro-Futbol Association of Guanacaste) is an organization devoted to promoting the integral development of the youth of Santa Cruz through soccer and providing motivation and assistance for the girls and boys participating in the program to do well in school, improve their health and conditioning, and develop values such as hard work, commitment to goals, and teamwork. Participants must do well in school in order to play. APROGUA was founded in 2010, and is based on a successful affiliated program in the province of Cartago.
The GCF is providing APROGUA with a small matching grant with CRUSA funds to support training and the purchase of equipment. APROGUA seeks to increase the number of participants in the program from 350 to 400 per week.
- Average weekly attendance of 350 kids
- 7 running soccer camps
- 47 weeks of training per year
- 14 instructors
Rueben Mora, Director
For Costa Rica income tax deduction through the CRUSA Foundation.
For U.S. tax deduction through our partner Amigos of Costa Rica.