HELPING FAMILIES LIVING IN POVERTY THRIVE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES
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According to the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC), the number of people living in poverty has increased to a level not seen for three decades due to the economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. source: developmentaid.org (2020)
People living below the poverty line in the Huetar Caribe region
People living in extreme poverty in the Huetar Caribe region
Unemployment rate across the country
Maximum monthly income per person of a poor family
Struggles of Barra del Colorado
With an area of 1,158.91 square kilometres and 3985 inhabitants, it has one of the
country’s lowest demographic densities. Five hundred people live in the main village.
The south side of the main village has a now-abandoned government-built water tower. Current water sources include tainted rainwater, murky river water, and limited wells.
Surrounded by riverways, the only access to this area is via boat and plane, neither are economical means of transport for families living in poverty. This limits economic opportunities.
Other issues plaguing the area include drug-dealing, isolation/loneliness, low graduation rate, flooding, and high unemployment rate.
CLEAN WATER FILTERS
HELPING FAMILIES IN ISOLATED COMMUNITIES ACCESS CLEAN WATER
Despite water being a fundamental human right, access to clean water is still difficult for the residents of Barra del Colorado. Families in the village have access to water wells, though they are usually filled with silt. As a result, isolated families in rural areas will drink the murky river water or rainwater collected in barrels, contaminated by rust and animal droppings or bacteria (from water stagnation).
RESTORING DIGNITY & HOPE BY EMPOWERING & EQUIPPING
Living in an isolated community means economic opportunities are limited. Women live under impoverished conditions, physical and emotional abuses, and family conflicts. Others have their children in prison due to drugs. But it does not mean these women do not have dreams. Their motivation is to see their children and families have a better life.
SERVING ON THE FRONT LINES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY
We provide opportunities for people to experience fighting poverty on the front lines. Tasks will vary depending on the team members' strengths, the time of the year, and the desired type of experience. We run open and closed teams, so we welcome individuals to join our next team or companies to create an outreach experience for their employees.