The Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste, Costa Rica is one of five regions in the world referred to as a Blue Zone, home to some of the oldest and healthiest people on the planet. Not only is it common to outlive the age of 100 but to thrive, neither bedridden nor hospital-dependent, but fit, active and living life to the fullest.
Our project will directly benefit Association Peninsula de Nicoya Zona Azul, an association that cares about the well-being of the blue zone population in this rural area while, at the same time, raising awareness about the challenges and needs behind the Costa Rican centenarians and their families.
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, and, Light Blankets
Non-Perishable Food Items:
Baby Food Puree, *Black or Red Beans, Canned Tuna, Canned Sardines, Chocolate Powder, *Cooking Oil, Cookies, *Ensure Advance Powder Food Supplement, Flour, Ground Coffee, *Powdered Milk, Sugar, and *White Rice
*Adult diapers (Medium), Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
The Hogar Brotes del Olivo is a temporary resource for children who are in high-risk situations such as neglect, abandonment, abuse, or death of a parent.
The home provides for 10 children between 0 and 5 years of age and aims to give individual attention to facilitate their development. Half of their financing comes from PANI, and the rest is funded by donations or fundraising activities. There are three ladies responsible for the care of children, a psychologist, and director.
Non-Perishable Food Items:
Enfamil Antireflux 1, Groceries (non-perishable), *Milk Enfamil Baby Formula (1 and 2), and *Similac Milk (1 and 2)
Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally:
Fluid Milk Long-term (Blue Box) and Semi-Fat Milk (Long Term)
Bars of Soap, Bleach, Cologne, Diaper Cream and Diapers*, Dishwashing Soap, Disinfectant, Fabric Softener, Laundry Detergent, Moisturizer, Shampoos, Toothbrushes and Toothpaste, and Wet Wipes
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.