Reclaiming Spaces and Routines: Promoting Recreation and Healthy Lifestyles in Rio Jimenez

Year: 2015
Country: Costa Rica
Project Status: Funded
Impact Sector: Health
Project Investment: $4,186.38

Project Launch:

Rio Jimenez is a small low-income community with limited recreational spaces. This project will renovate the local community center, playground and multi-use sport court, all of which are damaged and deteriorating. With assistance from several local organizations and community volunteers, the community center will be repainted and the roof and floors will be repaired, the multi-use court will be repaved and stocked with volleyball and basketball equipment, and a new playground will be constructed. Community members will participate in various workshops focused on nutrition, exercise and recycling to encourage healthy lifestyles. Additionally, high school students will host basketball and volleyball clinics for elementary students on the repaired sport court, providing an engaging recreational activity and leadership opportunities for youth. With adequate facilities and space, the community will have increased access to exercise and health.

Progress Update: 11/15/2016

Two brand new playgrounds and two new courts have been completed. The community has made use of these new facilities with vigor!


"I've gotten a lot of positive reactions from community members and teachers at the high school. I think my favorite reaction was from my 8 year old neighbor who excitedly told my about the new playgrounds even though he had no idea I had been involved in the process." -- Mark, Peace Corps Volunteer

"I am very proud of all that we have achieved in this project with the support of World Connect, Peace Corps, the Municipality of Guacimo, and the community. It is nice to support a project that is attractive and useful to my community and that will continue to improve the lives of many for years in the future." -- Maritza, Project Leader

"I have two daughters, an 11 year-old and a 6 year-old, and they haven't had a place in the community where they could play and I could feel comfortable. I am very happy that this has changed." -- Valentina, Project Beneficiary

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