PARAISO DE CHANGUENA SCHOOL

Paraiso de Changuena School, Puntarenas, Costa Rica 

Work started in January 2009 at the Costa Foundation’s first Costa Rican project, in Santa Domingo community, Agua Buena district in Puntarenas province, a remote indigenous Indian community in the north of the country. The previous school structure was built 38 years ago but suffered serious damage resulting in a loss of electricity, unstable rooves and broken floors. The new school facilities opened in December 2009, providing two classrooms including the first computer facilities in the region which are used by children and adults alike. Previously, children from this region who were lucky enough to make it to High School had never even seen a computer before, much less learned how to use one.

This is a very small community of indigenous Indians and indeed this project is the smallest ever carried out by the Costa Foundation. Nonetheless there are 70 children and two teachers benefitting from the school facilities which include an electricity supply, storage facilities and complete renovation of the toilets. The community are in an extremely remote part of Costa Rica and are still attempting to recover from damage caused by Hurricane Stan which devastated much of their infrastructure.

Puntarenas province is on the North West coast of Costa Rica and has a population in excess of 100,000. The community of Santa Domingo lies 1,350 feet above sea level and is an extremely remote coffee growing community made up entirely of indigenous Indians.

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