Costa Rica

Working With Children in Costa Rica

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.
World Vison has been supporting children in Costa Rica for more than 30 years. Costa Rica is a relatively better off country in Central America with a strong tourism industry and less social upheaval than in neighbouring countries. But some communities are left behind and wrestle with deep poverty. Our focus in these communities has been on education and child protection.  
World Vision Canada’s support in Costa Rica is now phased out the country moves toward raising funds internally. Our work in 2016 supported families in the province of Guanacaste, one of the poorest regions in the country, and supported children of Afro-Caribbean descent on the east coast, a group historically given less attention by authorities.

Your impact in Costa Rica

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities.Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:

  • 6,633 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 173,324 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 932 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 23,762 kids, parents, and caregivers were given education kits or training as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 3,561 people in quarantine or isolation for COVID-19 were given support

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in Costa Rica, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
More than Survival: Shakila Zareen’s victory over gender-based violence In a new video interview with Michael Messenger, Shakila Zareen shares her story of surviving child marriage and gender-based violence, and finding new hope as a refugee in Canada.
Venezuelan refugees: The forgotten crisis Political unrest, hyperinflation, and lack of access to basic goods and services has forced 5.6 million Venezuelans from their homes. That’s more than the number of refugees who have fled the decade-long Syrian civil war. And the migration shows no signs of stopping. 
Rohingya refugees struggle to rebuild after massive fire leaves thousands homeless "The Rohingya refugees are among the most vulnerable people in the world,” says Fredrick Christopher, World Vision Bangladesh Rohingya Crisis Response Director. “They have been living with ongoing uncertainty, storms and the threat of disease outbreaks since fleeing their homes in 2017. This fire is the last thing that they need."

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