2008 ERA Costa Rica shirt

2008 ERA Costa Rica shirt

The Endless River Adventures Costa Rica and Ecuador t-shirts have become a badge for a group of special people….ERA Costa Rica and/or Ecuador trip participants. This is a group of friends who are passionate about paddling, inquisitive enough to want to travel to other countries, willing to use their kayak as a medium to enjoy other cultures; and individuals who understand that as a paddler, it is important to return something to the visited countries so willing to share their rivers with us.  Our way of “giving back” is to collect up donations from trip participants, given in exchange for a custom shirt designed exclusively for each year’s trips  (okay true–you don’t get a shirt without a)coming on the trip and b)making the donation!!).  For the past few years we have focused on schools located near the rivers we paddle (making them typically rural schools outside the boundaries of big cities). This year we returned to the Silor Escuela de Esenanza Especial de Turrialba. 

The Silor Escuela de Esenanza Especial de Turrialba is a special needs school in the rural community of Turrialba, Costa Rica.  The school currently has 62 special needs students of all ages attending daily class in a facility badly in need of help.

One of the main fundraisers for the Silor Escuela de Esenza Especial is a recycling project–a first for the town of Turrialba.

Manually recycling glass

Manually recycling glass

Our “home” while in Turrialba–the Wagelia Hotel, has been a big part of initiating a recycling project.  And they alerted us to the school’s hard work last year.

Hotel Wagelia's recycling

Hotel Wagelia's recycling efforts

In light of the school’s initiative, last year we adopted the Silor Escuela de Esenanza Especial, bringing school supplies and backpacks to the school.  While we were there we noticed that their sole computer was in very poor condition and on its last leg.

So this year we collected up donations, and with the help of Miguel were able to purchase a new computer for the school.

2007 Project

2007 Project

Yesterday we loaded up the computer and headed over to Turrilaba to present the computer to the school.

With a little help from our friend Miguel

With a little help from our friend Miguel

All six professors were present to accept the gift (the students are on Christmas break) and were clearly surprised, delighted and anxious to show us what else they were working on.

Bringing technology to the school

Bringing technology to the school

The first project for the computer will be write a grant proposal to try and expand the workshop area for the recycling project.

Recycling facility at the school

Recycling facility at the school

A special thanks to all of the 2008 Costa Rica paddlers who donated so generously to the t-shirt fund.  Pura Vida.  We all did good!