PUC Costa Rica 2020
Meet our Team!
¡Hola! We are PUC Costa Rica! Projects with Underserved Communities is a year-long program that provides engineering and social work students like us the opportunity to plan and implement a sustainable engineering design solution addressing community needs around the world. Our group consists of 7 dedicated students from both the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work.
This coming summer, our team will be traveling to the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. This region can receive up to 120 inches of rainfall per month during Costa Rica’s rainy season. As a result, the infrastructure in rural areas often cannot withstand these conditions and needs annual reconstruction. This is the case with the community soccer field in Lorena Village, home to about 300 families. Specifically, our team will be implementing a flood-proof sustainable drainage system to improve the longevity and robustness of the field so that it may serve as a community center for children and their families to connect with each other and enjoy Costa Rica's national sport.
In order to meet the needs and expectations of the Lorena community, we've partnered with the nonprofit organization Siempre Amigos. Siempre Amigos, founded in 2011, focuses on the mission to assist low-income families in the rural areas of Guanacaste, specifically in the improvement of poor living conditions. Close collaboration with Siempre Amigos is how we’ll learn about our community’s needs as we develop the soccer field.
We’ve committed to raising $17,000 to redesigning and restoring a soccer field and engaging with the community in Lorena. Any amount helps, so please consider donating today. We need your support to reach our goals!
Gracias y PURA VIDA!