In October 2017 the tropical storm „Nate“ shocked all of Central America, causing floods, landslides and many deaths, with winds exceeding 100 km / h. Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras were particularly affected by this natural disaster that was coming from the Atlantic Sea, which brought death and destruction. The situation was chaotic in many schools in coffee areas of the Country.
The tropical storm Nate was one of the largest in the history of Costa Rica, affecting 76 cantons of the country’s 82 total, of which 100% were coffee cantons. Still many of the schools are closed and students receive lessons in shelters or homes borrowed from the Emergency Committees. Brenes Aguilar with whom we collaborate in the project „Closest Connection – beyond direct trade“ immediately communicated to Caffè River the tragic situation diverting all the aid already provided for by our Social Responsibility project, in which the goal was to improve the infrastructure of the schools, deciding to directly donate the funds allocated to the School’s Board of Directors, which is represented by the parents of families, neighbors and teachers, who will use this money to gradually start rebuilding the local training centers.
For the occasion, some commemorative t-shirts were printed with the motto: „Re-bulding The Costa Rican Schools“. The schools most affected by this calamity are in the famous Tarrazú coffee area, and located in Canet de Tarrazú (where a child died) and San Carlos de Tarrazú.
Roy Aguilar, partner of Brenes Aguilar, at Caffè River told: „It was a huge pleasure for us to help all these communities, including the children and parents who have been affected by the storm, with the help of Caffè River; We are very grateful for the support provided by Caffè River to our country and we hope to continue for many years to help our coffee farmers communities. “