Rebuilding Caro Quintero:
Friday, March 21, a fire thought to be caused by make-shift electrical wiring and driven by strong winds, raged through the community of Caro Quintero, leaving 267 homeless.
Many Costa Ricans have shown support through donations of clothes and shoes. ISL has made donations of toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, and other personal hygiene items. We are now seeking monetary donations to purchase food and materials to rebuild homes and are hoping to schedule ISL community enrichment teams to work on clean up and rebuilding in Caro Quintero throughout the summer.
A little bit about the community:
Caro Quintero is a “precario” or shanty community located behind the international airport in Alajuela, Costa Rica. The name “Caro Quintero” comes from an infamous Mexican drug lord who owned a huge property in that location. When the Costa Rican authorities caught him and deported him to the US, impoverished families took over the property and started a settlement, constructing shanties from scraps of tin, plastic, cardboard, and wood.
More information about the fire: http://www.nacion.com/deportes/futbol-costa-rica/Alajuelense-Herediano-afectados-incendio-precario_0_1404459599.html