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Unsung Heroes of the Earthquake

By Arianna McKinney

Moved by the stressful situations of many families after the September 5th earthquake, several locals have stepped up to offer their time and their resources to help. Here are some of these unsung heroes:

Breakfast Fundraiser in Nosara Buys Food
The Nosara Emergency Committee and the Nosara Development Association were able to distribute 36 grocery bags filled with provisions to families in need, thanks to a breakfast fundraiser held at Lagarta Lodge. The bags contained staples like corn flour, rice and beans, as well as cleaning supplies like soaps and detergents.

Samara Fundraiser Helps Nosara Families Build a New Oven
Emilio Mejias saw a report on the news about the difficulty faced by two families in Nosara who made their living by selling pastries and rosquillas baked in an earthen oven that collapsed during the earthquake. Wanting to help, he collaborated with others at Rancho de la Playa restaurant in Samara to collect food and money with the goal of building them a new brick oven. Mejias was able to collect 50,000 colones to finance the project.

Nicoya Lion's Club Fronted Rent Money
The Lion's Club, with 33 members in Nicoya, has been hosting fundraisers and soliciting funds from the Lion's Club at the national level. They have collected about 4 million colones ($8000) to pay for rent and food, as well as materials to reconstruct houses and clay ovens that were damaged in the earthquake. Jose Luis Leal Briceño, president of the club in Nicoya, said they have paid rent for 15 families in the canton and donated food to 50, and they continue in their mission to help.

Animals of Samara Provided Food
The day after the earthquake, Berit Funke got on the "Animales de Samara" Facebook page to solicit donations for food and medicine for the pets of people being sheltered in the El Torito community hall. With the money raised, she was able to buy 220 kilograms of dog food and 15 kilograms of bird food to distribute in the shelter.


 

More Community News

Consumer Commission Fines Samara Hotel for Not Including Taxes in Advertisement

The Technical Support Unit for the National Consumer’s Commission has issued a fine to the hotel “Villas Playa Samara,” for alleged false advertising.

New Nicoya Library Inaugurated

Nicoyans came out by the dozens to celebrate, together with teachers, students and stakeholders, the inauguration of a new library for the city this past Thursday November 15th.

Families Inside Refuge in Peladas Can Get Hooked Up to Water Service

On Tuesday, November 13th, neighbors that live within the refuge area of Playa Peladas started digging trenches to install water pipes, with help from AyA and the Nosara Development Association.

Chopping Down the Guanacaste Tree in the Heart of Nicoya Outrages Many
Minicipalidad said that
tree impeded construction of the new plaza

The broad leafy branches of a Guanacaste tree that provided shade for decades in Nicoya's park in front of the historic colonial church has been chopped down, saddening many for the loss of a tree that symbolizes the culture of Guanacaste and Costa Rica.

Letter to the Editor
A Story About Nosara's Beach Attack Dogs

It was after the attack by a large black dog that bit the back of my sandal as I tried to pedal my bicycle faster that I decided I was not going to be the hunted anymore. I had been chased a half dozen times and I was going to fight back! So I armed myself with a stick.

Google More Popular than Books at School Libraries
MEP Aims to Transform School Libraries into Resource Centers

The Google Internet search engine has become the best friend of students when doing homework. Since the speed of searching for content in digital texts is more comfortable for students than hunting amongst various books for the information they need, the number of visits made to school libraries has decreased notably.

Santo Domingo’s New ASADA Board Considering Options for More Water

Santo Domingo finally has a new board of directors for their ASADA (Water Administration Association), and the new board will continue efforts to obtain a new water source that can supply the community with sufficient water during dry season.

New Police Patrol Vehicle Already Damaged
Nosara Development Association Requested that the Driver be Transferred

Just after President Laura Chinchilla’s visit to Nicoya for the Annexation Celebration on July 25th, Noasra received a brand new patrol vehicle, giving a facelift to the appearance of the Nosara Public Force.

CREAR Hosts Club for Samara Kids

After giving the park in Cantarrana a facelift, CREAR now hosts Kid’s Club there Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Each day has a theme.

The Woman who Survived the Aftershocks of Criticism

On September 5th, when the municipal building started shaking and glass started falling around her, Vice Mayor Adriana Rodriguez Cardenas knew this was it: the big earthquake that had been predicted.

Tune into Radio Samara

Samara now has its own internet-based radio station, known as Radio Samara, with two local radio personalities using the on-air names of Raul and Dave (not their real names). The radio station was launched at the beginning of September with 30 days of nonstop music with no repeats and no commercials.

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