For the last 3 years we were working towards purchasing a piece of land near the house that didn’t have any building on it and the owner was working with us on financing. The land is beautiful and has an amazing view but we found out that it is in what is called “zona verde” here in Costa Rica which means it has a lot of restrictions on it when it comes to building. The problems will be a headache all the way through if we purchase the land as we would have to get an exception to put each and every building on it. At any time they would be able to tell us no and that would be the end of construction so we started looking for “plan B”.
Cabin at Poco Cielo
There is a resort right down the street from my house that has 5 cabins, a rancho and a pool. This would work perfectly for construction and ministry teams.
Rancho at Poco Cielo
The rancho would be used for meals for the teams.
The land between the rancho and the river
There is enough land here for the school and a large rancho that we would use for meetings and parties.
Area for children’s homes and office
There is enough room for 5 children’s homes (room for 50 children) and an office in this area.
This area is the perfect size for a basketball/tennis/volleyball court.
This is where we will put a combination court for basketball, tennis and volleyball. The children can also use it for rollerblading, skate boarding, and riding bikes. The hill to the left will be used for the play ground area.
Cost for the land is $780,000. To donate to the project click on this link https://give.gme.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=298&fid=ZdtFXed4DQE%3d&fdesc=hTgxMRtycdjED4gV1LAAhhrcpSRXPyOmeF8wsKFs6jUm8WRr%2bRHuqA%3d%3d There is a $1,000 match donation for the next two years. To turn you $1 into $2 donate now.
Blessings to all that are part of this project of raising the children of Costa Rica that will not be adopted.
Changing lives one child at a time
Children’s clothing inventory is complete and the list for needed items has been updated. Thank you to everyone who has given and who will give in the future. May God richly bless you for giving to the children of Costa Rica!
We have been working on the paperwork to make Residence of Life a legal not for profit company in Costa Rica and to be able to open the children’s home.
So far we have our business license, our board, permission from the city to use our rented home as the childrens home, initial permission from family services, and now are working on a 14 page document from the health department to make the changes needed to open the home. Once we are finished with this stage then all the paperwork will go to family services for their final approval. We are going to meet with the health department and have them go over the home and tell us what we have to do now and what we can wait until later to do. Hopefully they will allow us to wait for most items so we can get the home open and full of children soon.
Update: We now have approval from the health department for ages 12-18. We are still waiting for the paperwork for ages 0-12. We have started the paperwork with family services with the one health department approval and will add the second approval to the paperwork once we get it. We were told that this process will take months so it is best to have both going at the same time and hopefully this will save some time.
Update as of March 2013: We have approval from Family Services and have had children since December 14, 2012. We are still working on getting approval from the health department. Hopefully we will finish everything on the long list this week and will get approval very quickly.