Costa Rica

Working With Children in Costa Rica

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:

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
  • 667 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
  • 8 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.
  • 338 people including children learned to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.
  • 1,137 children in Costa Rica received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 55 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children in Costa Rica
  • 1,274 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 606 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication

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