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Album Name: Costa Rica Trip, 2015 Return to Albums
Album Date: May 6, 2015
Description: In Early May of 2015, three members of the Virginia Peninsula Rotary Club visited with the Heredia Rotary Club in Costa Rica. Their mission was to get to know them (a new "partner" club to us), and to see what projects they had identified as possible joint projects. Going on the trip were Ray Spencer, Danny Carroll, Kevin Yeargin, and Nhu Quach (Nhu is Kevin's wife).
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Members of the Virginia Peninsula Rotary Club visited the Heredia Rotary Club in Costa Rica May 6th and 7th. The Heredia Rotary Club took care of us for the entire time we were in the Heredia/San Jose area.  Here they are shown meeting us at the airport. The Heredia Club showed us five potential projects. The first was IPEC, a remedial, vocational, and technical school for high-school children and adults.  Shown here are students training for work in the hospitality industry, about to serve us as practice.  The students here need help in many ways. The second project we saw was for a cooperative organization of small commercial farmers managing a regional irrigation system. Shown here is a sampling of some of the fruits and vegetables produced by the farmers using the irrigation system.
The center of attention here is a concrete tank being used to settle sand out of the water being used for irrigation. This project, to repair and update the irrigation system, qualifies for a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation.  The other projects we looked at were too small for a Global Grant. At the Escuela Laboratorio, Heredia, the staff--bothered by high water bills--devised a clever system to harvest rainwater from their roofs and store it in tanks above areas where non-potable water could be used, such as toilets. The Escuela de Ensenanza Especial is a school for mentally handicapped, physically handicapped, and multi-handicapped children. The Escuela de Ensenanza Especial has three terraced yards freshly paved and now awaiting play equipment. The last project we looked at was the burn unit at the National Children's Hospital in San Jose.
Here, Danny Carroll greets a young burn victim at the Children's Hospital. This photo shows many of the members of the Heredia Rotary Club.  We attended their meeting Thursday evening. The Heredia Club gave us full hospitality during our visit.  Pictured here is Jose Pablo Hernandez, son and fellow Rotarian of Virginia Hernandez, at Virginia's dining table.  Virginia Hernandez hosted Kevin and Nhu in her home. As we usually do when we visit Costa Rica, we took advantage of the fact that the country has magnificent rainforests.  Kevin is shown here walking down a trail in the Monteverde Cloud Forest preserve. One day, because of the color she was wearing, butterflies thought Nhu was a flower.
Three intrepid adventurers from Virginia, in Costa Rica.