In the spirit of this year’s holiday season, you may be pondering different approaches to gift giving. Many people concerned about overcommercialization offset their shopping for traditional retail-sourced presents with charitable donations directly benefiting worthy causes.


Why not consider ways to achieve the best of both intentions? You can’t go wrong when the goodness of one gift to a friend or family member goes in many different directions, whether in your own community or elsewhere in Costa Rica. Such presents are sure to delight recipients while enabling countless good deeds to be done. Here are some ideas for gifts that keep on giving back. 


Help Your Paradise

Originating when the COVID-19 pandemic halted tourism in Costa Rica, Help Your Paradise has been instrumental to economic survival by providing food and hygiene baskets to more than 3,000 people in need. 

The Avellanas-based initiative continues transitioning with community-focused projects such as Huerta Paulina, a garden created in August on 1.5 hectares of donated land named for the local family benefactor’s grandmother. Harvested produce is shared by the volunteers working the land, who have also been taught how to earn additional income from making locally sold products such as honey, sauces and teas. 


Financial support is needed to cover materials and installation of a garden irrigation system, a bodega for tools, nursery and composting bins, organic seeds, plants and fertilizer, and operational expenses.





PayPal:     Account name: Casa Urbana    Reference: Food Bank Avellanas

Bank transfer   Banco Nacional, Asoc Camara de Comercio del Rio Nandamojo

$US   IBAN: CR65015114520020065426     ID: 3-002-709371   Description: Food Bank Avellanas

Halfway Home

Halfway Home is a foundation that provides veterinary medical care to abandoned animals  

lacking a responsible owner. It’s a safe place where they receive adequate attention, training, affection and exercise in readiness for adoption by a caring permanent family. In the case of rescued wildlife, animals receive transitional care before being reintroduced to a natural habitat or relocated to a suitable place.  

Contact:   8815-5713 or 8754-3012


Banco Nacional

Colones   IBAN: CR33015106010010008352

Account: 100-01-060-000835-6

Dollars  IBAN: CR34015124220020000412

Account 200-02-242-000041-1


BAC Credomatic   Colones

IBAN: CR70010200009125892152

Account: 912589215

Dollars   IBAN: CR27010200009098639612

Account: 909863961

ID: 3-101-455763

BRIDENA Volunteer Forest Fire Brigade  

Support the efforts of Las Delicias del Nandamojo Brigade (BRIDENA) in protecting precious natural resources: trees, animals, water and clean air. The ever-expanding group of volunteers from different communities in the Nandamojo river basin collaborate to prevent and control forest fires. From food and transportation to logistics and the provision of workers, your contributions can make a vital difference.


8863-5952, 8997-4794, 6291-1589  



Banco Nacional de Costa Rica 
IBAN: CR79015100920020071771
Account: 200-02-009-007177-2

Asoc Proteccion de la Cuenca Rio Nandamojo
ID: 3-002-699237  

Hope 4 A Street Dog

Hope 4 A Street Dog is a non-profit organization that has evolved collaboratively and organically with communities in the Playa Junquillal area. Its mission is to improve the lives of homeless and neglected street dogs while educating pet owners. Staffed by volunteers and funded by generous donors, it sponsors spay/neuter clinics to promote healthy outcomes for dogs and cats through awareness and compassion.

This year’s pandemic did not prevent Hope 4 A Street Dog from continuing its good work: spay/neuter procedures were performed on 183 animals and two more clinics are scheduled before the end of 2020. In 2019, 422 animals received surgery during seven spay/neuter clinics.

You can help by adopting a pet, volunteering, purchasing H4ASD merchandise or making a financial donation.



PayPal :

Banco Nacional

Account: 200-02-009-006502-0

Name: Berta Alicia Reyes Gomez |

MAILA Surfbags

Made by SIFAIS

MAILA bags for surfboards, yoga, beach and travel are a great gift for all the adventure lovers on your shopping list. They are made in Costa Rica by participants in the Entrecostras (Between the Seams) social enrichment program of Fundación SIFAIS.

Learn more

October 2020 Howler article Dare to Make a Difference

SIFAIS -Artistic Training System for Social Inclusion-

It is a foundation, financed by organizations and individuals, which since 2011, provides free socio-educational services through volunteers in locations marked by economic deprivation and social exclusion.


Abriendo Mentes

Abriendo Mentes is organizing a special COVID-19 safe Christmas celebration for children in Potrero and Brasilito. Children are being especially affected by the pandemic and our objective is to bring them joy and encouragement this holiday season. A $15 donation will provide a special gift for one child. Abriendo Mentes is a registered charity. To make a donation, please contact Rachael at 


Contact and donate

Rachael Sine, Executive Director

(506) 8496-9760 

Refuge for Wildlife
<NOTE: he organization’s name and website/links are changing soon. Stay tuned for updates probably next week from the Exec Director. Probably new logo also>


For as little as 20 cents per day you can make a difference to all of the monkeys in the care of Refuge for Wildlife in Nosara. Every year hundreds of howler monkeys are electrocuted on uninsulated power lines and transformers. The babies are often left orphaned and need round-the-clock care from our vets. Refuge for Wildlife relies entirely on public donations to carry out its vital work.


Your support will make a real difference through the refuge center’s unique Adopt Mango Troop program. It is an easy and rewarding way to support these beautiful monkeys. Click the button below to be directed to our partner organization’s website where you can adopt Mango Troop!


Learn more



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