We are building a children’s eco-village that offers relief to those who are victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and poverty. The doors of the shelter are open to children in Cobano and the surrounding area to provide protection, personal development, and inclusion in a green and healing environment.
Located on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, in one of the world’s rare blue zones, the natural environment plays an important role in this organization. The shelter sits on 4.3 hectares of pristine land, where the sounds of nature ring true and fresh water from the river is abundant. Fundamentals in the day-to-day life of those in our protective community include nutritious organic foods, a sense of community, a peaceful green environment, and an open approach to education and human enlightenment.
LIFE RESTAURATION THROUGH NATURE
The eco-village includes a fully developed agricultural program where children are encouraged to learn how to plant, grow and cook their own organic nutrient-rich food. The children participate in these activities alongside children from neighbouring local schools, fostering a sense of community and inclusion for all. Through these programs, the children develop the lifelong skills required to live a self-sustaining, mindful and independent life needed to re-enter the world with strength and confidence.
As the eco-village focuses on sustainable living, the children are also educated in the different ways in which they may impact their own environment, and how they can respect the wildlife and nature they encounter daily. In addition to basic government education and curriculum, every child has the opportunity, and is encouraged, to join community enrichment days and the various clubs on offer. Some of these include communal beach clean-ups, local art and culture lessons, language courses, surfing and much more. The on-site farm program includes restoration of land, organic farming, permaculture, medicinal garden, caring for happy chickens, learning about –and using- solar electricity
We envision a replication of the dry forest ecosystem including :
A whole ecological approach to design: soil, water, plants, animals, humans as opposed to a singular focus
The creation of highly productive microclimates
A focus on getting nutrient dense calories into the kitchen
The creation of an educational program that serves to teach the children, train members of the internal community on how to manage landscapes and produce healthy food