Costa Rica is known for its beautiful beaches and tourists attractions, but amid that we find a country of vast poverty and a place of refuge for many refugees that fled the war from the nearby country of Nicaragua.
We work in 2 vastly different locations in this beautiful country; one called Rio Claro (Clear River). Rio Claro is a small town with around 3500 people located in the southern part of Costa Rica. It’s a place where many people stop over to Panama’s free zone to purchase goods. The people are dedicated to hotels, restaurants and agriculture. Rio Claro is one of the places where Africanize Palm is grown to produce cooking oil along with other agricultural activity such as growing corn, rice, beans and bananas.
Puerto Limon (Port Lemon) is another place we minister, it’s a port on the East Coast with a culture simlar to the Caribbean and widely different than the East Coast (Rio Claro). This community was built up by runaway slaves in the 1800 who were brought there from Jamaica to build the main railroad to the capital city of San Jose. Our work is in a remote village called Matina, right amid the Dole banana plantation. Each year the community would suffer great flooding in the rainy season for lack of good water outlets and the rivers would overflow with water from the surrounding mountains. In both communities, there’s great need for education and medicine.