San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Manuel Antonio / Quepos Tidings

Kids Saving the Rainforest is having its first fundraiser since two young girls founded it in 1999. The nonprofit organization used to bring in enough proceeds for its Wildlife Rescue Center through a souvenir store, but with the downturn in the economy, the center will have to close if it can’t raise enough money to pay monthly expenses.

The organization has a full-time wildlife vet, an animal caretaker and a guard living on the property. The rescue center is the only legal one in our region, and is a necessary part of the community. All injured wild animals are brought there by the community. Please help save the rain forest and rescue the rescue center. 

The fundraiser takes place from 1-5 p.m. at Byblos Hotel on Sept. 9 (National Children’s Day). There will be bands, kids’ activities, drinks, food, a raffle and lots of fun. Tickets are on sale at Hotel Byblos Resort, Jungle Juice, Sancho’s Restaurant and Hotel Mono Azul. They cost $25 for adults and $10 for children. If you can supply food or raffle prizes or would like to donate, contact Anita Myketuk at 2777-1002. 

Our Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Committee will provide logistical support to the municipality for the water sewage treatment plant and solid waste disposal issues. Representatives are consulting experts on water sewage treatment in low-lying areas. A chamber/municipal delegation met with officials at the Lohmeyer Water Sewage Treatment Plant in our sister U.S. city, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to learn about the various treatment processes.

Unfortunately, this was as far as the chamber was able to go and it was up to the municipality to continue the process. Chamber board members also met with Chinese investors to open a dialogue on the establishment of a solid waste disposal plant for the Central Pacific region with the same results. The chamber is still meeting with the Health Department and other officials here and in San José. Thanks for all your hard work, chamber!

–Jennifer Rice

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