Gifts to Friends of Nosara go directly to the work of our partners:
Biblioteca David Kitson aka The David Kitson Memorial Library was established to support the education of children and adults in the area. It works with local schools and town associations to provide access to the world of books to all and is a center for community activities such as arts and crafts, aid to students, and children's story time. The Library also offers computer skills, English and GED classes along with a special activities program for senior citizens in the community.
The Community Center Fund of the Development Association of Nosara seeks to purchase land and materials to construct a community center for Nosara.
Costas Verdes is a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to coastal ecosystem restoration in Costa Rica through education and community involvement. By reforesting coastlines and mangroves we can stop erosion and habitat destruction as well as contribute to carbon dioxide fixation.
Cruz Roja (the Nosara Red Cross) provides both first aid and critical emergency transportation to residents and visitors alike. Friends of Nosara is assisting Cruz Roja in its effort to purchase, furnish and operate a second ambulance for our community.
The Del Mar Academy is a privately funded school that provides a high quality bilingual education in a nurturing and richly stimulating setting. One of its prime focuses is increasing the student’s awareness and knowledge of environmental issues and challenges. The Del Mar Academy’s Scholarship Fund strives to make this extraordinary school experience available to children who otherwise would be unable to attend. Escuelita de Nosara aka Escuelita de Verano provides a vacation day camp for the children of Nosara whose public school holiday runs through the month of January. The Escuelita's mission is to inspire creativity and invoke passion for higher learning and development through the implementation of a diverse arts program. Through the demonstration of alternative ways of thinking, acting, living and believing it is hoped that bridges will be formed allowing and ultimately improving the future of the community. The program started with 7 children and has grown to over 200.
FUCAN is our local trade school. It works with and through the National Institute of Apprenticeship (INA) to provide technical training to all Nosariños.
Nosara Animal Welfare Association aka Nosara Animal Care provides no cost health care for homeless animals and for animals living with low income families who cannot afford the high costs of veterinary medicine. Their belief is that every animal equally deserves quality care from skilled and gentle veterinarians. They also have an adoption program to help find homes for rehabilitated street animals and for unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. Nosara Civic Association’s Beach and Refuge Protection Fund is to protect the wildlife refuge which abuts the beaches of Nosara and the NCA Parklands. Primarily through the efforts of this organization our beaches have remained undeveloped, protecting the nesting grounds of the Olive Ridley turtle.
Nosara Recycling Association (Asociación de Desechos y Reciclaje de Nosara) was formed in response to the degradation of our immediate environment and natural resources. Our Mission is to educate, promote and advance in environmentally and economically sound waste management practices in Nosara and the surrounding communities.
ADRN is currently working on the planning, fundraising and construction for a Solid Waste Recovery Center in coordination with the government, a group of professors and students of engineering and architecture from the New York Institute of Technology, and local active organizations..
The Public Schools of Nosara, Santa Marta and Esperanza have limited funds and need everything from pencils and desks to roofing. We work with the parent-teacher associations of the elementary and high schools to improve the facilities and expand resources for the schools.
Refugio Animales de Nosara and SIBU Sanctuary share a common mission: to rescue injured, orphaned, and displaced wild animals and provide them immediate medical care, rehabilitation, and eventual release into the wild. The Refugio's Monkey Project has been instrumental in insulating power lines to protect our howler monkeys -an ongoing, costly and extensive project with much more to accomplish.
The Surfing Nosara Foundation concentrates on completing one project at a time that will benefit the children of Nosara. They are currently focused on helping the area's public schools.