La Carpio: The village of hope

by Christina on April 29, 2011

“One cannot be too extreme in dealing with social ills; the extreme thing is generally the true thing.” ~Emma Goldman

This is a mural in La Carpio (“the village of hope”) in San Jose, Costa Rica:

There are murals like this all over La Carpio.

Thousands of Nicaraguans live here: they fled civil war and poverty in Nicaragua and came to Costa Rica looking for education, healthcare, and housing.

La Carpio is one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country (drugs, violent crime, gang wars): you don’t walk around alone, you don’t walk at night.

The Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation (CRHF) built a community clinic here: downstairs is the clinic (exam room, medication room, massage room), upstairs is an education center for women and children (now run completely by local women). There is a lot of hope here.

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