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Amigos of Costa Rica is supporting
the CRUSA Foundation's
Costa Rica Resiliente Program,
which supports Costa Rican Nonprofits working to mitigate the impacts of COVID‑19.
In Costa Rica, the crisis generated by COVID‑19 escalated quickly with the airport closure on March 18, 2020 which abruptly put a stop to tourism in the country. Many organizations have mobilized to meet basic needs, including providing food and other essential household items, as many families lost their source of income with the closure of tourism-related businesses. Many nonprofits also rely on tourism-related income to perform their critical services.  Emergency fundraising efforts supporting both communities and for nonprofits can be found below.

The CRUSA Foundation’s Resilient Costa Rica program is a critical effort that increases access to relief funding via an ongoing collaboration with Amigos of Costa Rica. Thanks to CRUSA’s support, over $1.2 million in funding has already been contributed to communities impacted by COVID‑19.

While this crisis started back in March, it is far from over. Costa Rica’s unemployment rate hit a historic low of 24% in June. Students haven’t been able to attend school or university in person since March 16th and in-person school classes have been suspended through the end of 2020. The tourism industry is still largely shut down.

Please review the list below to find the Costa Rican community you wish to support. All relief efforts are being run by local nonprofits whose staff know the people who are being served, and who are maximizing every dollar donated to benefit those in need in their communities. A complete list of organizations supported by the Resilient Costa Rica program is found below. 

Please contact us if you’re interested in contributing to a community that you don’t see on this list.
Community Emergency Funds 
Dominical, Uvita, Bahia Ballena, Ojochal

(Organized by the SOMOS Foundation)

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Mal Pais / Santa Teresa

(Organized by the Asociación de Desarrollo Integral)

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Nosara

(Organized by the Nosara Food Bank)

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Jacó, Pavones, Cieneguita, Avellanas

(Organized by ACOS Surf)

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Guanacaste: Tamarindo, Flamingo, Brasilito, Potrero, Santa Rosa, Playa Grande and neighboring communities

The Juntos por Guanacaste, led by the Guanacaste Community Fund in collaboration with many local nonprofits, will provide food and other critical household items for families impacted by the economic crisis resulting from COVID‑19.

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Drake Bay (Organized by the Drake Bay Nature Guides Association, AGUINADRA)

(Organized by the Drake Bay Nature Guides Association, AGUINADRA)

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Ostional (Organized by the Association of Local Guides)

(Organized by the Association of Local Guides)

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La Fortuna / Arenal

(Organized by the Asociación de Desarrollo Integral de La Fortuna and the Cámara de Turismo y Comercio)

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Nonprofit Emergency Funds
LAST (Latin American Sea Turtles)

LAST's volunteer program abruptly closed, creating a great financial need to support the conservation of about 9,000 leatherback sea turtle eggs that will be laid this nesting season. Without support this program will be shut down.

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Jaguar Rescue Center (via La Ceiba Primary Forest Foundation)

The Jaguar Rescue Center relies on tourism visits to fund the care of over 240 animals. With airports closed and businesses closed, they need your help to rescue, rehabilitate, and release animals.

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Proyecto Daniel

Proyecto Daniel supports the families of teens diagnosed with cancer.

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Complete List of Costa Rica Resiliente Organizations
This list is updated frequently. Please visit our Projects & Affiliates page learn more about a specific organization.
  • ADI Cahuita Talamanca
  • ADI de Mal País y Santa Teresa de Cobano
  • ADI La Fortuna
  • ADI Malpaís y Santa Teresa de Cóbano
  • ADI Montezuma Cóbano
  • ADI Rancho Quemado
  • ADI Uvita de Osa
  • Asociación Amor Animales de Nosara
  • Asociación Animal Love
  • Asociación Animales de Asis
  • Asociación Banco de Alimentos de Nosara (Nosara Food Bank)
  • Asociación Bomberos de Nosara
  • Asociación Caminos de Osa
  • Asociación Centro de Apoyo para las Familias de Ojochal
  • Asociación Centro Infantil Luz de Cristo
  • Asociación Cívica de Nosara
  • Asociación Conservacionista de Monteverde
  • Asociación Conservacionista Misión Tiburón
  • Asociación Costas  de Surf ACOS
  • Asociación Creciendo Juntos
  • Asociación de  Guardavidas de la Zona Sur de Costa Rica
  • Asociación de Guías Locales de Ostional (AGLO)
  • Asociación de Guías  Naturalistas de Bahía Drake (AGUINADRA)
  • Asociación de Reciclaje de Desechos de Nosara
  • Asociación del Astillero Selva del Mar
  • Asociación Fondo Comunitario Monteverde Desarrollo Sostenible
  • Asociación Hogar y Cultura Suri
  • Asociación  Latinoamérica Seaturtles Proyectos (LAST)
  • Asociación Mar a Mar: Costa Rica
  • Asociación Obras del Espíritu Santo
  • Asociación para Becas Educativas de Nosara DMA
  • Asociación Para la Protección de la Vida Silvestre SIBU
  • Asociación Raising Coral
  • Asociación SOS Nicaragua Derechos Humanos desde Costa Rica
  • Asociación Stibrawpa
  • Asociación Talamanquea de Ecoturismo y Conservación (ATEC)
  • Asociación Turtle  Love
  • Asociación Voz de Guanacaste
  • CATURI
  • Centro Costarricense de Logoterapia
  • CEPIA
  • Costas Verdes
  • David Kitson Library
  • De la Mano con la Calle
  • Del Mar Academy
  • Fondo Comunitario Guanacaste
  • Fundación Albergue de Animales de Nosara (Refuge for Wildlife)
  • Fundación Acción Joven: Reactivamos la Esperanza
  • Fundación Arca  Verde
  • Fundación Horizontes
  • Fundación La Ceiba Primary Forest
  • Fundación Lifting Hands
  • Fundación Saimiri
  • Fundación  SIFAIS
  • Fundación SOMOS de Costa Rica
  • Fundación The Democracy Lab
  • Fundación Transforma Internacional
  • Fundecooperación
  • Geoporters Costa Rica
  • Nosara Animal Care (Nosara Welfare Association)
  • Proyecto Daniel
  • Soy Niña
  • Ticos y Nicas Somos Hermanos
  • Wildlife Conservation Association WCA - Nosara Sustainability
  • Women’s Club