As 2019 comes to a close, it is a wonderful time for all of us to reflect on the past year and Season 10 of Playa Viva. We want to take the chance to share with you some of our key achievements in the community in 2019 and thank you for being part of these programs, for your continued support, and for helping to make Playa Viva much more than a hotel.
As the Social and Environmental Impact Manager at Playa Viva, my job is to work alongside local leaders to design programs targeted at education, health, and economic empowerment, ensuring that Playa Viva is truly having a positive community impact. This also includes overseeing our work with La Tortuga Viva, the local sea turtle sanctuary, making sure that we are the most effective conservationists that we can be.
What did we do in 2019? I encourage you to read the full Social Impact Report for Season 10, but here are some of our key accomplishments we would like to highlight:
- In Season 10, we were thrilled to provide English classes to over 120 children and teenagers, collectively receiving over 350 hours of English classes. This involvement in the schools inspired our current Adopt a Student Program to help kids in need to stay in school.
- We formed Juluchuca’s first youth soccer team! With two co-ed teams comprised of 25+ kids, together they played in 16 games and had practice three times a week throughout 2019. A big thank you to Ariel and Johnny for being the teams’ dedicated coaches.
- With La Tortuga Viva, we released 87,200 sea turtles in 2018 alone. We were also able to build an entirely new sanctuary with the support of 109 World. To support our conservation initiatives, we began the Adopt a Nest Program to allow guests to give the gift of a sea turtle nest while providing much needed funding to La Tortuga Viva.
- Through our Juluchuca Limpio Project, we successfully recycled over 675 kilos of plastic from our community. Our goal for 2020 is to reduce our plastic consumption while still recycling the plastic that we do consume as a community.
- Juluchuca hosted its first spay and neuter campaign. Over the course of two days, we sterilized 113 dogs and cats and raised awareness about animal welfare in our community. Our GoFundMe campaign is live for our next spay and neuter clinic which we hope to host in March 2020.
- In November 2018, we completed three environmental murals outside the Juluchuca elementary school. We hope to continue to unite and beautify our community in Season 11 through additional murals and by finishing the town plaza.
These programs are funded by the generosity of the Playa Viva community. I encourage you to read more about these programs either in the report or in the stories we are sharing this month. Progress and change takes time, but our hope is that together we can regenerate our communities to become examples of rural development and empowerment in the Costa Grande Region.
Happy Holidays to everyone in the Playa Viva community, and I look forward to 2020 and making even more impact together!