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Puerto Viejo Voice

The local El Puente project, which offers educational assistance, food and microloans mainly to indigenous people in the Talamanca area of the South Caribbean, is looking for volunteers. If you’re interested in helping out or just popping in to see what it’s about, check out the weekly soup kitchen on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For directions, call Barry at 2750-0524. It costs nothing to volunteer; the time contribution is greatly appreciated.

In the Talamanca region, work is being done in Carbon #1 and Hone Creek by the Women Like Us Foundation. They have teamed up with Asociación de Familias Productoras El Yue, a United Nations-funded community center, to provide a space for English and Yoga classes, led by instructor Addison Demaree.

Demaree, who spearheads the local effort as the program director, said, “The program serves as an opportunity for the children of the area to come and learn, play and laugh.” So far, the program has supported the local school and community through initiating several projects, including installing both a new ceiling and a new water well, planting trees, purchasing books and supplies, painting walls, refurbishing school furniture, donating uniforms, computers and bicycles, building signs and offering scholarships.

For more info, visit or contact Addison at The Women Like Us Foundation is a registered 501c3 nonprofit in the U.S., which means any contributions are tax deductible.

In other news, free baseball for youths aged 6-18 is being held Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. at the plaza in Cocles. Thanks to coaches Raul and Jeremy for offering this opportunity to the South Caribbean kids.

The weekly Farmer’s Market this Saturday (and every Saturday) starts 7 a.m. and is located just behind the Centro de Cultura in the heart of town at the Puerto Viejo Flea Market. Find local and organic products and support the artists, farmers and creators of the Talamanca region who come every weekend to sell their wares. Get there early for the best selection!

And finally, the South Caribbean would like to extend a special and heartfelt thank you to the Chilean band Gondwana for their special surprise concert on July 10 at Lazy Mon. Opening for this world renowned roots reggae crew was our very own local and beloved Plan B. Together they put on a lively show free for the community. Plan B keys man Claudio Ambroso called it “the event of the year, musically.” Thanks to all for a great time and good vibes.

-Kristin Gilbert Ramirez

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