Location: Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito, Guanacaste province, Costa Rica
The Project: Abriendo Mentes which means ‘Opening minds’ in Spanish is a small community-based project founded in 2009 which aims to empower individuals from two rural coastal communities in Costa Rica through innovative and engaging education programs and activities including English and computer lessons, Zumba classes and lacrosse.
Our support: In 2017 the LATA Foundation is working with Abriendo Mentes to help deliver their Youth Development Program. The local education system offers just three hours of instruction a day for an average of 85 days per year so this after school program focuses on giving English, computer, sport and art lessons to young people aged between 4 and 20. These skills are critical in obtaining employment, particularly in the local tourism industry, which dominates the local job market. The LATA Foundation’s funding will go towards classroom rental, internet access, classroom supplies, running and transportation costs for their youth club and sporting activities.
How can you help?: $25 will provide 1 student with school supplies for the entire school year; $50 will provide classroom supplies for 1 month of English and Computer classes; $100 donation allows us to purchase a 2 week supply of food for 15 families in our food bank program. Donate here
Further information: Abriendo Mentes has developed long lasting partnerships with six local hotels and local tour operators in Potrero and Brasilito who provide support, funding, donations of resources, volunteers and tutors. Hopefully this will also lead to jobs for some of the current youth program participants. They are actively seeking more partners for this program.
If you are travelling to Playa Potrero or Playa Brasilito in Guanacaste, Abriendo Mentes would be grateful for donations of school and art supplies such as pencils, markers, crayons, glue sticks, lined paper, pens, rulers and composition-size notebooks.