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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

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“Friends of Hope” and send to:

Friends of Hope
PO Box 451513
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33345

Costa Rica’s inequality rate has increased since 2000, a division that disproportionately affects indigenous and minority groups. Today, the country’s richest 20 percent receive an income 19 times higher than that of the poorest 20 percent. While, overall, Costa Rica’s poverty rate has dropped from 22.4 percent to 21.7 percent from 2014 to 2015, the country’s extreme poverty rate rose from 5.8 percent to 7.2 percent, the highest recorded rate in the last 60 years. While 19 percent of urban households live in poverty and 5.2 percent live in extreme poverty, 30.3 percent of rural households live in poverty and 10.6 percent in extreme poverty. Poor Costa Ricans have, on average, three years less schooling than their economically stable peers. In Costa Rica, 43.5 percent of poor households are headed by women. Public assistance to poor families increased by 9.3 percent per household and 6.9 percent per person from 2014 to 2015.

Costa Rica’s poverty rate seems to be sewed up neatly on the surface, but the growth of a country doesn’t always reflect the growth of its people. The disparity of incomes and opportunities between uneducated people in rural areas versus educated people in urban areas threatens to rob Costa Rica of its good economic reputation.

Friends of Hope has been making efforts to improve the health of the population through strengthening nutrition programs and surveillance systems nationwide. This has resulted in a decrease in chronic undernutrition nationwide and the country is resolved to continue making progress.


We offer a bilingual program, opportunities to learn more about the social, political, and cultural history of the region, and options to explore Costa Rica. Costa Rica´s long-standing history of peace, democracy, environmental protection and absence of a national military provides the ideal setting to develop Friends of Hope's curriculum in Costa Rica.

Please help us continue to help the people of Costa Rica by making a donation today.

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9994 Nob Hill Place
Sunrise, FL 33351

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