I hear through the virtual grapevine that the recession is ending. Woo-hoo! Go USA! I knew you'd all pull through.
Since Costa Rica seems to be determined to follow a couple of years behind the US in everything from hairstyles to music to recessions, ours is really just beginning. At the Cloud Forest School, we depend on donations, sponsorships and fundraising events for about 80% of our budgetary needs, and up until this year, the funds have always come through. However, the donations have fallen off over the last 10 months, and now a significant percentage of our student body is in danger of losing the scholarships that enable them to attend this magnificent school. I have three students in particular that cannot even make the low monthly tuition payments that their scholarships don't cover due to loss of jobs and extremely low tourism numbers.
There are two ways you can help. The first would be to contact us through the school's website www.cloudforestschool.org and look into being a patrocinio (personal sponsor) for a student in sixth grade (or another grade for that matter...)
The second is to consider coming here for your next vacation! Support the cloud forest eco tourism infrastructure and come visit me and my family while you're at it! I promise, my house is almost completely free of biting and stinging insects...
If you know me and are interested in helping some of my students out, please do let me know!