Our mission is to be a collaborative platform that promotes and guides actions of social investment in education and health, seeking the welfare of the people and the transformation of Guanacaste communities.
Our vision is that partnerships between businesses, individuals, institutions and other communities will foster the transformation of the communities neighboring the Gulf of Papagayo in a manner that will allow them to reach the socio-economic levels enjoyed by other regions of the country.
We believe in:
- Enhanced development of underprivileged regional communities (including opportunities for participation, integration and growth) through the synergistic efforts of businesses, communities and public institutions.
- The shared social responsibility of individuals, businesses and government to provide opportunities to underprivileged communities.
- Education as an engine for change with respect to human and social development.
- The importance of strengthening the cultural values and identity of communities.
- Business management as a tool for community development and socioeconomic integration.
- Accountability as an ethical imperative.
Our objectives are:
- Promote the comprehensive development of children and youth from neighboring communities.
- Strengthen preschool, elementary and high schools of 21 surrounding communities and others.
- Facilitate access of youth and adults from neighboring communities to technical education.
- Supporting higher education initiatives with high potential for Guanacaste communities.
- Improve the infrastructure of the 21 surrounding schools and others.
- Preserving and strengthening the cultural and environmental values of the neighboring communities.
- Promote preventive medicine and mental health of minors.
- Develop health issues in schools and communities
- Promote and maintain partnerships with public institutions, private companies, social organizations and individuals.
The Challenge remains.
The reality of Guanacaste differs from the rest of the country. The levels of poverty, unemployment, and education are lower and therefore it is necessary to promote opportunities to people from these communities.
Guanacaste is a province with enormous social needs. According to the Seventeenth Report of the State of the Nation, there are 119,327 poor people in Guanacaste from a total of 316.634 residents and a 9.6 percent rate of unemployment (compared to a rate of 7.5 in national terms).
According to the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC), Guanacaste has 747 slums. In addition, there are 3,691 homes without inside plumbing and 4,797 without electricity. Thirty-two percent of households do not have access to garbage collection.
In the field of education, the State of the Nation Report highlights several important figures. Eighty-eight percent of the population under 5 years of age does not attend daycare or kindergarten (27,999 children). Additionally, in Liberia (Guanacaste`s capital), only between 30 and 45 percent of the population aged from 20 to 64 have completed high school.
In terms of information and communication technologies, according to INEC, while 33,6percent of houses in Costa Rica have access to Internet, only 3,8 percent of houses in Chorotega Region have this benefit (data from 2011). Also 5,6 percent of houses in the region have cell phone(s) while 86,2 percent does in national terms.
Creciendo Juntos is a community effort to address these challenges. Here are our partners.