Tico Friends has partnered with Sunshine Babysitting Costa Rica to create SUNSHINE FRIENDS Social Project: an idea born from our desire to help families with children in need in communities surrounding our beautiful area.
In Guanacaste one out of every three children between zero and six years old lives in a poor household. According to the National Institute of Statistics and Census, (Instituto Nacional de Estadisticas y Censos/INEC, 2014) a household is considered as poor when its income per capita is below or equal to the poverty line of the area. In the case of our rural areas that amount is 81,344 CRC. Extreme poverty is determined by comparing that same income per capita with the value of the basic food basket, which amounts to 40,000 CRC.
41.2% of children under 7 years old reside in households whose members have a low education level. Assistance to education centers for children is low, 38.1% according to the 2011 census. Boys and Girls receive only 4 hours of lessons per day in public primary schools. Half of them finish high school. Public primary schools and high schools have limited resources, often of low quality. In 2009, the percentage of the population that finished primary education was only 46%.
Our goal is to collect a small contribution for underprivileged children. A small contribution means donating a clothes, shoes, notebooks, crayons, coloring books, backpacks, pencils, mats for kindergartners, or anything you know a child needs. Diapers, games, toys, bicycles, etc, are also welcome. If you would like to donate food we can grocery shop at no extra cost.
If you have any questions or would like to donate an X amount for local schools please do not hesitate in contacting us.
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
― Maya Angelou
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