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Escuela La Victoria

The Projects

We completed a school improvement project intended to encourage pride in the school, and also to send a message to the poor parents of the children to value education and good parenting. We worked with teachers and children to paint 13 murals on the front entrance to the school spelling out the rights of children. With messages like “Children have the right to go to school” and “Children have the right to be safe in their home,,” their self-esteem and self-determination are fed.

The Result

The painting of each of the 13 murals became a celebration for the school and the town. Escuela La Victoria and the murals on the wall became a tourist destination and sense of pride for the locals. The school was able to get community donations to complete all of their needed projects. All the surrounding papers covered the messages painted on the wall.

Los Lagos Elementary School, Liberia, Guanacaste

The Project

Help a dedicated group of parents to improve Los Lagos, a poor school built by the parents for their 50 children. We did many things to improve school standards, including bringing electricity over a bridge, and giving the school lights, electric outlets and a ceiling fan to cool the classroom.

Amazing Children and Their Families

The roadside town of Los Lagos is a shanty town of homes with a very tight knit and organized community of parents caring for their children. Los Lagos Elementary School was built five years ago by a small community of Nicaraguan immigrants. Over the five years it has grown substantially, and now finds itself with almost fifty students. The small school consists of three classrooms made out of recycled aluminum paneling with dirt floors.

Result

Band of Brothers added electricity, a total of eight overhead lights, and three fans to the three classrooms. Los Lagos will no longer have to cancel classes when it is cloudy, which had been a daily occurrence during the rainy season. Equally important, each classroom has its own electrical outlet which can now be used for floor fans to help fight the heat in what is said to be Costa Rica's hottest region.

Escuela Pueblo Nuevo (School) Barrio La Victoria, Liberia, Guanacaste

The Project

Helping 250 of the poorest children in Costa Rica to get a quality education. The school, Barrio La Victoria, had not received any funding or meaningful supplies from its government in 3 years. With only six teachers for 250 students, the teachers and parents struggled to keep the children learning by photocopying learning materials and scrounging for pencils.  

The Children

Although the children were very poor they had amazing spirit. Even with many obstacles, the children won a national education award and were champions in handball and soccer. Surprisingly the children only had two handballs and one old soccer ball for practice.

 The Children’s Homes

The children lived in the village around the school in unbearable conditions by US standards. Their homes were assembled without running water or closed sewer, on top of a former garbage dump in a town called Barrio La Victoria on the outskirts of Liberia. The open sewer and frequent rain caused polluted run off that negatively impacted the children’s heath, causing disease, skin and sight problems. The poor people living in their village were mostly unemployed; many make money collecting garbage, and selling plastics and aluminum. This town had the areas’ highest incidence of drug abuse, alcoholism, domestic violence and child abuse.

The Result

We provided the school, Escuela Pueblo Nuevo, with school supplies that would last 5 years, including, writing, reading, art, and sports equipment including 5 soccer balls and 10 handballs. Band of Brothers along with members Dean Keller and Steve Sickler coordinated funding and a total of five families with children to visit the school and hand out the supplies. The school put on a thank you celebration and the families spent the day making art and playing soccer. The children now have the supplies to teach a full curriculum and can play sports at recess like children in the US.

“Interacting with and caring for those children was one of the best family experiences we have ever had in our lives”

 Dean Keller

Wheelchair Distribution, Canas, Liberia, San Jose Costa Rica

 The Projects

In three separate distributions, we assembled and handed out 1200 wheelchairs to very poor children and adults. For most, it was their first wheelchair, and their first chance for a normal life. Most of these disabled people were forced to stay in their families home day and night with few interactions with the outside world. The wheel chairs were an innovative light weight tube frame with white lawn chairs and bike tires at a cost to us of $44 each.

 The Adults and Children

Many children and adults’ conditions requiring a wheelchair could have been cured if only they were treated early. One example of this was a man named Claudio, 51 years old, who had arthritis since 8th grade. He lived his entire life without a wheelchair or any early intervention to slow or stop his condition.

 The Volunteers

The children and adults that volunteered from each village were wonderful people. In each wheelchair distribution, a multi cultural assembly line of Americans and Costa Ricans formed with people from age 8 to 75, working hand-in-hand putting 200 wheelchairs together from scratch. When we finished, we invited all the volunteers to have dinner with us in the local square. This was the type of community spirit that used to exist in the United States in the 30’s and 40’s, when our ancestors still lived in small towns.

The Result

We provided mobility to 1200 children and adults by assembling and handing out the chairs at town squares and also around other parts of the community, including nursing homes and hospitals. We completed three wheel chair distributions in the towns of Canas, San Jose and Liberia.

All events were covered by major television and newspapers, recognizing the multicultural international effort, and encouraging the Costa Rican government to do more for their disabled.

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