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Local Girl with Rare Bone Disorder Will Be Able to Go to School

By Adam Dietrich

Laura Rodriguez Lopez, aged 11, from the town of Esperanza, was born with a rare bone growth disorder called Knits Dysplasia. The disorder affects her sight, hearing, speech and skeletal growth as a result for much of her life, walking or standing has been hard if not impossible.

“Laura will not have to travel to Nicoya on a bus and only be in school once a week, without other children to interact with,” said Page Sieffert, a neighbor who has been helping Laura to gain some mobility through Pilates.“This will give her the ability to go to school everyday, interact with classmates that she knows, receive an education everyday. This will be such a positive impact in her life,” said Sieffert

The local school in Esperanza is currently not equipped to deal with Lopez’s wheelchair but does not have the money to make the changes itself. On January 4th a benefit concert, featuring American singer G-Love and organized by the Surfing Nosara Foundation (NSF) raised over $4000 for school improvements according to Sarah Antonson, NSF president. The proceeds came mostly from ticket sales, with little over $1000 coming from the sale of beer donated by Craft Brewing Company.

The new gate at the entrance to Esperanza school paid for by the G-Love
Laura and family: Laura (in wheelchair) surrounded by friends and family at esperanza school, from left to right, Marion of NeoBuilders, Juanita (the
school cook), Eli (president of the Patronato Escolar), Laura's brother Dilan
aged 8 and her mother Hanciel.

The community has also pledged support, NeoBuilders, a Nosara based construction company, have volunteered to construct ramps and to modify the school’s bathrooms accessible to Lopez. Antonson is very excited about the prospect of professional help, “Their involvement will insure a well-completed, sound structure, and the donation of labor will help our funds reach even further to help the school.”

Although a detailed budget for the construction supplies still needs to be completed and materials purchased, Antonson says that changes are already underway. A new sliding gate for the school has been installed and eight barrels of molasses ordered to help control the dust. The hope is that by the beginning of February, La Esperanza town school will be completely accessible to Lopez.



More Community News

Vacation with “Escuelita” summer school

Since January 9th and until Friday, the 27th, girls and boys with ages between 5 and 15 can take advantage of and enjoy their vacations attending the classrooms of the Serapio Lopez school, which opened its doors for volunteers from Texas, Holand, Nosara and San Jose to teach and spend a great time with the little ones that arrive at the little summer school.

Blessed Youth

Many people see teenagers as undisciplined, socially inept and view them primarily as consumers. Parents think of them as “a lost cause” and that “they don’t pay attention, don’t know what they’re doing and don’t act like grownups.” These are some of the many expressions I heard during the five days I spent living with two adolescents and their friends in the community of Nosara. 

Retired Man “graduates” from school in Samara

At 67 years of age, Edgar Lobo Camacho, known as Cusuco, received a certificate from the school in Samara during the school’s graduation ceremony on December 16th. When he was a kid, he made it as far as fourth grade but that was it, until recently. 

Photography Contest Shows Samara

The Samara Chamber of Tourism (CASATUR) launched their Web site, and to get the ball rolling organized an amateur photography contest called "Show us Your Samara." The objective was to show the warmth, natural beauty and originality of Samara Beach.

Playa Garza Starts Off 2012 with a Big Fishing Tournament

For the fourth year in a row, the town of Garza will hold a fishing tournament which will start Friday, January 13th, at noon and will extend throughout Saturday, January 14th and Sunday 15th, when it will start at 5 a.m. On Friday and Saturday the tournament will end at 10 p.m., while Sunday's event will end at 6 p.m. in order to name the winners afterwards. As usual, the money raised will be donated to Garza's elementary school.

Samara has 15 New Wood Artisans

So many beautiful objects crafted from scraps of leftover wood were displayed on tables at Intercultura on Thursday, December 15th during a graduation ceremony—figurines, jewelry boxes and coffee strainers with carved wooden bases in shapes of local flora and fauna such as palm trees and fish.

New Recycling Center Designs will be Presented to the Nosara Community

The town of Nosara has an opportunity to have an exemplary recycling center thanks to a group of young architecture students, who will be presenting their designs and ideas to the community on Friday, January 13 in Rancho Tico.




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