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Abriendo Mentes has set out a few current goals and needs that we will focus on for the 2010 year. We are in need of funding for our daily operating costs, educational materials for the children and resources to meet our yearly goals.

Abriendo Mentes (Opening Minds) is a nonprofit community based literacy organization, enhancing education and empowering communities in rural Costa Rica.

Rural areas of Costa Rica are vastly different from the highly developed, urban Central Valley area. Community members in these small villages often struggle with challenges related to the public education system, a scarce job market and the inherent disadvantages that rural life can present. In rural areas of Costa Rica, access to learning materials, resources and continuing education are chronically scarce.


Current Projects

The initial model of Abriendo Mentes is based in the small, rural community of Playa Potrero located on the north Pacific coast in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica. Rich in culture and steeped in traditional farming values, Playa Potrero is an idyllic, charming village, whose residents typify the "Pura Vida" lifestyle of this peaceful democratic nation.

Despite the beauty and culture of this small village, the community members are lacking many of the fundamental educational resources needed to maintain economic stability into the future. The children of Potrero have limited class time (3 - 4 hours of school a day at best), idle afternoons and reduced access to continuing education.

Together, with the help and support of the local community of Playa Potrero, we were able to successfully launch the Abriendo Mentes project on June 8th, 2009. We currently offer 20 hours of educational classes per week; spanning the areas of English, creative arts, critical thinking and sports, to over 100 community members and counting.

With over 550 teaching hours since our beginning, Abriendo Mentes is off to a strong start.


Needs

It only takes a small amount to go a long way for those who start with very little.

Abriendo Mentes has set out a few current goals and needs that we will focus on for the 2010 year.

* Every child that is a part of the Abriendo Mentes project will be given a materials packet to use in classes. This packet will include notebooks, folders, pencils, pens, markers, erasers and more.

* Our current teaching space, the Salon Comunal, will receive much needed repairs and painting to create a better learning atmosphere and a more enjoyable comunal space for all the community to use.

* Our classes will incorporate monthly field trips to locations in Guanacaste in order to emphasize lessons on the environment, culture, and social responsibility.

* We will work to create a computer lab with enough resources to teach basic computing classes to the entire community.
Financial Needs

Abriendo Mentes is in need of funding for our daily operating costs, educational materials for the children and resources to meet our yearly goals.

Your contribution will...

$25 - Sponsor one child by providing class materials for the entire year

$50 - Buy ink for 1000 student worksheets

$100 - Buy a water cooler for use during classes

$150 - Pressure wash and paint the Salon Comunal in Playa Potrero

$200 - Pay a teacher's salary for one month

$250 - Sponsor an experiential learning field trip for 20 children

$500 - Fund a projector and screen to allow our classes to expand

$1000 - Fund two computers to aid in the creation of a computer lab
In Kind Needs

We are in need of the following services as in kind needs: grant writing, accounting, web design, contracting for building and/or painting, and artistic work (such as mural design).


Mission Statment

The mission of Abriendo Mentes is to offer enhanced educational opportunities in rural areas of Costa Rica, where access to learning materials, resources and continuing education is scarce.

We are a community driven organization. Our approach is to reach out to rural communities in Costa Rica and work hand-in-hand with village members, in order to achieve our mission. By implementing personalized experiential learning programs, we aim to meet the specific needs of each community. Every program is built on a foundation of English language skills, literacy building activities and creative arts activities. Classes are taught in a safe, progressive environment in an effort to foster personal growth and intellectual development.

The vision of Abriendo Mentes is to create a replicable, sustainable model for community-wide development, by offering every child, teenager and community member the opportunity to a full, well-rounded education. We strive to motivate individuals to continue learning throughout life and reach their full potential.

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