Char­ity doesn’t Costa thing

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - From The Road -

Lyn Hughes’ ar­ti­cle on Costa Rica [ Fe­bru­ary 2018, is­sue 183] brought back mem­o­ries of the month I spent there in 2002. I vol­un­teered with the char­ity Casa Alianza (now Com­pass Chil­dren’s Char­ity), which works with chil­dren who live on the streets in Cen­tral Amer­ica.

I ar­rived in late Septem­ber, in what the Costa Ri­cans called the ‘green sea­son’. Every af­ter­noon the heav­ens would open and there’d be tor­ren­tial down­pours. But, like Lyn, I saw both baby tur­tles and tur­tles lay­ing eggs at Tor­tuguero, as well as mon­keys and sloths in San Antonio.

I also vis­ited Casa Alianza projects in Nicaragua, and what stays with me is the mem­o­ries of talk­ing to the kids on the streets and meet­ing work­ers who, every day, of­fer them a life­line. I have sup­ported Com­pass ever since. Diane Parkes, via email

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