Monteverde Community Fund

Provincia de Puntarenas, Monteverde, Costa Rica

©2019 by Fondo Comunitario Monteverde. Photos courtesy of Mau Valverde, Maria Vargas and other Monteverde community members.

Monteverde's Emergency Fund:

Working together in the face of global adversity.

Monteverde has felt a deep economic impact by the recent events in the world: with the arrival of COVID-19 to Costa Rica and the new lockdown on our borders preventing tourists from traveling into the country, a large percentage of our community will have little to no income for the following months, as many businesses have had to let employees go in the midst of this uncertainty.

After Hurricane Nate, we recognized the community's ability to unite in response to adversity, and the need for a centralized fund that can redirect donations in a transparent and timely manner. For this reason, we have joined with the Municipal Emergency Commission to offer them our fund collection service. Starting today we will use our platforms to collect donations and redirect all funds to the local Emergency Commission.

The funds raised will go towards:

- Gather information on the unemployment that will be generated in the coming weeks and identify family groups that will be most affected (with the help of employers and of the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social).

-Education and information for the population in order to: prevent spreading of the COVID-19, adapt family expenses to the new reality, legal and financial advice for families and companies, psychological support to the population.

-Create a warehouse of supplies that low-income families could lack: mostly food and hygiene products.

-Developing a local food production plan: not just because there is eventual scarcity, but mainly to generate solidarity, improve nutrition, and in turn this will keep the money inside the community.

-Documentation of the experience: funds could be used to generate and share audiovisual documentation on the whole process of organization and actions used to face this emergency. This material would be very useful to communicate, evaluate and serve as a model for other communities.