- Iam somewhat disappointed that this forum has not had more
information/response to the situation in the area south of Quepos and
the town of Portlan in particular. It seems Tex Mex and steaks garner
more messages than helping the folks on the coast.
Just my two cents
> Iam somewhat disappointed that this forum has not had moreI apologize for not following up on my previous messages about this
> information/response to the situation in the area south of Quepos and
> the town of Portlan in particular.
sooner. I was at the ARCR seminar on moving to and living in Costa
Rica all day yesterday and today.
It is now possible to donate online to help the flood victims!
Enrico Cacciatore, editor of the daily online newspaper Inside Costa
Rica, has been kind enough to set up a PayPal account to receive online
donations. He will personally forward the donations to the Red Cross.
(The Costa Rican Red Cross does not appear to be set up to take
donations online directly.)
The PayPal donation button is with yesterday's article about the
It is easy to set up a PayPal account if you don't have one yet, and
then you will be able to donate online using money from your credit
card or checking account.
Please -- if you live in Costa Rica, if you plan to move here, if you
visit here as a tourist -- consider donating to help all the families
who have lost everything in the flood. Especially if you live, plan to
live, or visit the Pacific Coast areas -- these are your neighbors and
hosts who are hurting!
If everyone on this list donated just $25 we could raise over $50,000.
That would help a LOT. Please consider donating at least $25, or more
if you can afford to. Personally I have donated $70.
If you prefer not to donate online, the Tico Times published the
following information on how to donate via a local bank: "The Red Cross
is accepting donations of non-perishable foods, water and personal
hygiene products, as well as money, which can be deposited in the
following bank accounts: Banco Nacional, 100100-7 (colones), Banco de
Costa Rica, 176-003-3 (colones) and Banco Popular, 5000-7 (colones)."
Thank you very much for your generosity and concern for our Costa Rican
neighbors and hosts.
- --- In CostaRicaLiving@yahoogroups.com, "fgtesbcnow" <kshatzer@a...>
> It seems Tex Mex and steaks garnerMany things relevant to everyday living are posted here. I even
> more messages than helping the folks on the coast.
fought the urge to post my own own plaintive bleatings on where
Spoon Size Shredded Wheat can be found. (In my case, the need is
medical, and we now have people coming to visit bring them down a
case at a time.)
In our culture, it's disasters that make the news. People out of a
home - no water, no electricity, no phone, no shelter from the
elements, no protection from serious diseases. When this is is an
abnormal situation - when people who have had those things are
deprived of those things - it is justifiably termed a terrible
The newspapers and television make it big news. Everyone reacts.
Many open their pocketbooks. Some volunteer their time. Some offer
their "stuff." Some open their homes. The rebuilding begins. Hope
for the future once again comes alive. Access to these things is
restored. Action is good.
When the condition is ordinary - when people live every single day
with no water, no electricity, no phone, no shelter from the
elements, no protection from serious diseases, it's not often even
discussed. Yet for the indigenous in this area of Costa Rica, living
up in the mountains, it's everyday life, and an "everyday disaster."
It's everyday life for most of the world's poor and very poor as
well, regardless of where they live. And when there is no access to
capital, and even building for the first time cannot occur, let
alone rebuilding, there is little cause for hope for the future.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying "don't help". I agree that action
in the face of a natural disaster is good.
I suggest that action in the face of "everyday disaster" is also
good. Do all you can, help all you can. How can you help? As one
option, see below.
Action is good.
Co-Founder, El Puente - The Bridge
The Bridge provides educational assistance, food assistance, and
microloans mainly to indigenous people in the southeastern part of
Costa Rica. Our goal is to help people help themselves to self-
See us at http://www.elpuente-thebridge.org