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 extended 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 teamed up with the Municipal Emergency Commission and Liaison Commission, handing over our existing capital and offering them our fund collection service. Starting March 2oth, we have been using our platforms to collect donations and redirect all funds to the local Liaison Commission.
The funds raised will go towards:
- Gathering information on the unemployment that will be generated during this crisis and identify family groups that will be most affected (with the help of employers and of the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social). The Statistics and Census subcommission created an online survey that reached over 1400 people, and allowed them to identify the families at higher risk.
-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.
-Creating a warehouse of supplies that low-income families could lack: mostly food and hygiene products. With the Social Assistance subcommission, we have dedicated a space next to our office for people to deliver their donations, sort and distribute food packs.
-Developing a local food production plan: this is not only tackling food security, but also generates solidarity, improves nutrition, and in turn this keeps the money inside the community.
-Documentation of the experience: funds have been used to generate and share audiovisual documentation on the whole process of organization and actions used to face this emergency through our local online news site, Zona Alta Medios. This material has proven useful to communicate, evaluate and serve as a model for other communities.
Click on the image to read more about the communities efforts in this official press release from the Presidential House.