!Panaderia y Mas! Bakery and More
Pandería y Más! (The Bakery and More!) Feb. 15-17, 2013
Seventy children are living in humble conditions at the Hogar Cristiano (“Hogarcito” = Little Home), a children‘s orphanage in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Each child’s story is tragic and every child is waiting to be adopted and loved. Like most orphanages, the Hogarcito depends upon the goodwill of others to help provide for the children.
Panderia y Más is a project to build a bakery to help the Hogar’s caretakers provide for the children and creates a brighter community for them while they wait for their new families. $10,000 was raised for this effort. (http://www.hogarcristiano.org/index)
Bread, Eggs and Meat
Project Pandería y Más creates a sustainable effort to help the Hogar’s caretakers feed the children. Through the purchase of an industrial oven, uniforms and its equipment, the project will assemble a bread-baking bakery, Pandería Hogar Cristiano. The Bakery will help feed the children, earn extra money for the Hogarcito and train some of the older children who may never be adopted in new, marketable skills – planning, baking and selling the bread. The project will also purchase 40 hens for the girls to help raise and the Hogarcito to use for meat and eggs.
Color My World
Fifteen Costa Rican and North American volunteers will come together for one weekend in February 2013 to paint the “casitas”, or little houses, where the children live. Volunteer artists will also work with the children to create two murals on exterior walls, while others engage the children in play activities for the weekend. The project will also help support the local economy by hiring nine local laborers to fix, patch and prepare the walls for painting.
Treats, Sheets, Toys and Joy
Beyond the money that was raised, clothes, sheets, books, toys and shoes from across the US are being donated by individuals and corporations. A Guanacaste Brownie Troop of ten girls has “adopted” the project and will put together care packages and make cards for each child. For a list of items needed at the Hogarcito, and where to donate, have them contact Nosara Travel and Rentals beyond what they would donate here (for example to send items in the US down here).
Gently Used is OK! Girls' summer clothes ages 0-18, sandals, shoes, anything babies need from diapers to rattles, all manner of hygiene products, toys and stuffed animals, school supplies, art supplies, Spanish books, twin sheets, pillows, towels. We can receive items Nosara Travel and Rentals, Nosara Resale, and there will be other locations in Nosara soon with boxes for donations.