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August | September 2019 NEWSLETTER

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Greetings from Matapalo! Without a doubt, the past two months have been two of our busiest months in 2019. However, many great rewards have come from all of our hard work. Our highlights include celebrating our three year anniversary, inaugurating the new multi-court sports complex, and kicking off another major new infrastructure project. We are grateful to have the opportunity to make a difference everyday through our work here in Matapalo, and we are in gratitude to the supporters who make this work possible.

We thank you for taking the time to learn about the impact that we are making in rural Costa Rica, and as always we invite you to join us in our mission to "enrich lives for a brilliant future"

With gratitude,

Lindsay Losasso
Executive Director
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Inauguration of the New Matapalo Multi-Purpose Sports Courts
On Sunday, September 1, we were thrilled to celebrate the inauguration of the new multi-purpose sports courts in Matapalo. This project was a collaboration between the tour company Rustic Pathways, Futuro Brillante, Matapalo ASADA, and the Matapalo Development Association. The new courts consist of basketball, volleyball, 7 v. 7 soccer, and sand volleyball. The inauguration event featured speeches from special guests, traditional folkloric dancers, Zumba and a variety of races and competitions for participants of all ages. We are delighted to report that the courts are in full use everyday, and the entire community is enjoying this fantastic new space for healthy recreation. 
Futuro Brillante Celebrates 3 Years of Making a Difference
On August 22, Futuro Brillante celebrated its third anniversary. We marked the occasion with a lively street party with local residents, including a 'birthday cake', balloons and even some dancing. We feel privileged and grateful to have the opportunity to continue to serve this wonderful community for three years. Futuro Brillante has grown tremendously since 2016. We began with just one staff member and one small office that also served as a copy center. We now have two offices, the Technology and Training Center, and the community garden. Nine staff members make up our current team, and we have more than 100 volunteers.

We can see the impact that we have had in the community through the many infrastructure projects we have completed including the playground, school multi-purpose auditorium, locker rooms, police station, and most recently the new community sports courts. Our classes and programs have supported local residents to improve their education and become more prepared to enter the workforce. Most importantly, we see a community that is more active, organized, and unified, working together through diverse initiatives to make Matapalo a better place everyday. While we have made tremendous progress during the past three years, we still face many challenges in this region. We hope to continue to 'enrich lives for a brilliant future' for many years to come!
Construction Begins on New Pre-School & Kindergarten Classroom
On September 16, we broke ground on a new project at the Matapalo Elementary School - a new preschool & kindergarten classroom! Due to the rapidly growing population of families with young children in Matapalo and its surrounding neighborhoods, the school has been forced to turn away students in previous years because of lack of classroom space. 50% of the funding for this project is coming from the generosity of the Rotary Chapter of Lakewood, CA , who are donating $15,000 to the project. One of their primary objectives is to support early childhood education. A group of volunteers from Lakewood will be coming to Matapalo the first week of December to help put the finishing touches on the classroom and to celebrate the grand opening. The project is also being supported by generous donations of $5,000 each from Roberto Walz, Steve Rosetta, and the Del Corazon Foundation. Futuro Brillante is spearheading the project in coordination with the school principal. Many thanks to all those involved in this project who are helping to increase access to early childhood education in our community!
Matapalo Officially Launches Community Security Program
On Friday, August 23, the Matapalo Community Security group celebrated the culmination of their five week training with the unveiling of the new Community Watch sign in the plaza. Special guests at the ceremony included the Chief of Police of Santa Cruz Jorge Castillo and Officer Danelia Cordero Ramírez, who led the course in Matapalo. The graduates also received their certificate from the Ministry of Security for completing the course. Following the initial training period, the group will begin to organize regular activities in coordination with the Police to promote security and healthy recreation in Matapalo. 
SUPPORT FUTURO BRILLANTE
Many thanks to our generous sponsors and allies whose vital support makes our programs possible. 
We extend our deepest gratitude to our August & September donors:
Danny Ayyad
Micha Bailey
Mike Benedict
Antonio Bestard
Steve & Jennifer Blough
The Burnham Foundation
Eric Comer
Del Corazon Foundation
Dario Deluca
Dean Dwyer
Efrain
Mike Eggert
Don English
John Epsten
Ryan Ferrel
Andrew Garza
Dallas Holyk
Dan Holzer
Phil Jelsma
Stath Karras
Michael Kazemzadeh
Robyn Kettering
Scott Kurtz
Phil and Holly Lamonica
Spencer Lugash
Mark McGovern
Don McLaughlin
Rudy Medina
Richard Meyer
Robert Meyers
Alex Mogharebi
Otto Ozen
Joe Ramos
Rita
Kian Saneii
Jerome & Noel Stehly
Michael Stinson
Michelle Surya
Justin Tjalma
United Development Group
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Our Latest Impact

August Garage Sale Benefits Matapalo Music School
Once a month we organize a garage sale in benefit of a community organization, selling gently used clothing and household items that have been donated to Futuro Brillante. In August, we helped to raise 117,000 colones for the Matapalo Music School which will be used toward the repair of instruments. 
Organic Community Garden Continues to Thrive
We would like to remind all of our local followers that they are welcome to visit our garden Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 3:30pm to check out and purchase our latest, fresh produce offerings. We pride ourselves in offering high quality vegetables at affordable prices for the community. Volunteers are also always welcome! Contact us at info@futurobrillante.org.
Calling All Volunteers!
Would you like to help support our projects? Contact us to join our volunteer group! Volunteers are a vital part of our team and make a tremendous impact in the work we do. We are always accepting new volunteers to assist our projects such as the community garden, special events, or in our copy center. Write us at info@futurobrillante.org or call 4700 5021 for more info.
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Nature Club Students Learn about Recycling
On August 31, the Nature Club group participated in a workshop led by our environmental coordinator Rocio about the proper separation of waste, including how to classify and dispose of organic, recyclable and regular trash. All of the students were encouraged to start these practices in their own homes.
FB Students Receive ConnectOcean Scholarship
Thanks to the generosity of our friends at ConnectOcean, two of our environmental education students José Mario and Derek will be participating in a 12 week lifeguard training course. The course, valued at $270 per student, covers the basics of lifeguarding, CPR, water safety, leadership skills, and much more. Many thanks to ConnectOcean for this great opportunity for our students!
Costa Rica Celebrates 198 Years of Independence
Residents of Matapalo celebrated Costa Rican Independence Day on the 14th and 15th of September with the traditional peace lantern parade, music, cultural events, bingo, typical food sales and a community soccer tournament. Staff members of Futuro Brillante got a team together and ended up coming in second place. Way to go Futuro Brillante!
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