The pandemic has created a crisis - please help us develop new employment opportunities with reforestation, food security solutions, and cultural preservation.
Given the severe impact of COVID-19 on Monteverde, Costa Rica, a town whose economy relies almost solely on tourism***, the community is eager to embrace new forms of sustainability—and you can fund these projects while providing income to people who have lost their jobs during this challenging time.
For every $250 raised in this campaign, we will:
- Provide half time employment for one person for one month
- Produce and plant 30 native trees
- Support the creation of 32 tutorials on growing and preparing traditional foods
- Build, plant, and deliver 5 bucket gardens to local families
- Plant native fruit trees at the homes of 5 families
- Distribute native crop seeds and plants to 5 families for their home garden
Monteverde is a recognized global leader in conservation. The Monteverde Institute (www.monteverde-institute.org) was formed in 1986 by community members to guide Monteverde's sustainable development efforts. Monteverde citizens wish to help themselves and each other by promoting a circular economy and local agriculture. Resources, however, are scarce -- please help this willing community to further sustainability. Every dollar helps!
100% of your donation will go towards employing citizens of the town Monteverde who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The Monteverde Institute is committed to covering all of the other program costs.
Our $20,000 goal will provide a mix of part time work and day jobs for 40 people per month for the next 6 months.
People will be employed in the following programs:
We produce over 50 native tree species in our nursery and work with Monteverde citizens to restore abandoned pastures to tropical forest. Restoring Nature has given away 250,000 trees to date with the dual goal of restoring cloud forest habitat of Monteverde (which is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world*) and augmenting carbon sequestration to fight climate change**. Normally, exchange students volunteer to plant the trees during the rainy season (May - August). This year, we need the help of the community to get these trees in the ground. Your donation will pay the salaries of community members planting trees.
Desde Nuestras Raíces (From Our Roots): Reviving traditional foods
Traditional foods tend to be prolific and easy to grow. Crops such as plantains, bananas, and root crops of chamole and tequisque consistently produce crops for years with a single planting, and are well-suited to growing in Monteverde’s climate. Many of the traditional techniques to cultivate and prepare these crops have been lost to younger generations as Monteverde has become more reliant on the global food supply chain. From Our Roots employs older Monteverde citizens to create Youtube tutorials passing on their knowledge of planting, harvesting, and preparing these traditional crops. Your donation will go directly to paying the salary of these senior citizens.
Bucket Gardens for Everyone
Spinach, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, cilantro, and many other types of vegetables can be grown in simple buckets or other discarded containers to provide an ongoing source of fresh food. Of course, there are techniques and expertise that are needed to grow these foods successfully. Our gardening experts will teach people of all ages how to create these Bucket Gardens and employ them to distribute them to people in their community. Your donation will pay the salaries of community members creating and distributing these gardens.
Go Bananas (and fruits)!
Fruit trees grow effortlessly in the tropics and every household can benefit from having banana and other fruit trees. Bananas, plantains, guavas, oranges, lemons, and tropical fruits such as cas, water apple, mango, and starfruit are no-to-low maintenance fruit trees in the Monteverde climate. Go Bananas hires people to go door-to-door in the community, offering to plant donated fruit trees and plants at houses for all people. Your donation will go directly to paying these community members.
The Monteverde Institute is working with Rigo Alvarado, a local agricultural expert, to develop native crops with increased resistance to local pests, pathogens, and increasingly dramatic climate fluctuations. Legacy Seeds runs a nursery for these crops and distributes seeds and plants to local families. Your donation will go directly towards paying people to help Rigo Alvarado manage the nursery, and to plant gardens for locals with the seedlings that he raises.
COVID Safety Note: All the above programs will follow WHO and Costa Rican government safety guidelines. All activities are done outdoors, with social distancing of 2 meters between workers, and practicing all recommended preventative measures. For detailed information on these guidelines see: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/advice-for-workplace-clean-19-03-2020.pdf, https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/sobre_ministerio/prensa/docs/lineam_generales_reactivar_activ_hum_medio_covid_19_v2_28042020.pdf
*http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/2/8/climate-change-in-one-of-the-planets-most-biodiverse-forests.html, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monteverde_Cloud_Forest_Reserve, https://www.monteverdeinfo.com/cloud-forests