What We Do
We use community storytelling, digital archiving, and research and education to promote and support rights to land and culture.
We are dedicated to protecting the land rights and cultural heritage of the people of the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Our goal is to assist the community of Caribe Sur in growing a living public archive and making information about their history and rights more easily accessible both within and outside the community.
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From the Blog
El 25 de abril de 1981 un grupo de estudiantes del Colegio Agropecuario de Talamanca realizamos una visita a la población de Amubri, ubicada en el distrito de Bratsi, dentro de la Reserva Indígena. La visita se hizo con el fin de concocer las costumbres y usanzas de los indígenas.
We worked with a group of 12 local kids from Puerto Viejo to develop a short fiction film about the connection between people and the environment in the South Caribbean of Costa Rica. A team of communications students from the University of Costa Rica offered workshops on storytelling, script development, casting and production. The kids then filmed this short film... COMING SOON
We spent the 2016-2017 year based in Puerto Viejo, continuing the growth of the South Caribe Roots Archive and working with students from Caribe Sur, San Jose and Indiana. We welcomed new volunteers, received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, and produced three participatory media projects with local residents.
View a slideshow video of photographs contributed by Christina Zingrich to the South Caribe Roots Archive.
Kids from Caribe Sur are making a movie and they need your help!
Jóvenes del Caribe Sur están haciendo un cortometraje de ficción, y necesitan su ayuda!
Ten local youth are in the process of making a movie with the help of Fer Segura and Dani Hernández, communications students who are rejoining the Rich Coast Project to complete their practicum at the University of Costa Rica.
On the second day of the 2017 Alternative Break Program in Puerto Viejo, half of the group of Indiana University Kelley School of Business students volunteered at the First Baptist Church, right in the center of town.
On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, students from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University visited the Hidden Garden Wellness Center to help construct an African Sacred Grove.
Students from the Kelley School of Business are returning to Costa Rica for the third year through a partnership between the Rich Coast Project and Kelley Initiatives for Social Impact.
Students from the University of Costa Rica (UCR TCU 127) joined the Rich Coast Project in Puerto Viejo for a week of participatory video and photography aimed at documenting local Puerto Viejo history and culture.
About The Rich Coast Project
Our mission is to build a platform for the collection and dissemination of historical information relating to the identity and history of the area’s inhabitants and to improve access to the legal information necessary for securing local rights to property and natural resources.
Our vision is to create a replicable model of community-based human rights advocacy that uses storytelling and digital archiving to foster community resilience, empower citizen engagement, and increase access to information so that local communities may have a meaningful stake in their history and their future.
WHY WE EXIST
WE BELIEVE RESIDENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROTECT THEIR HISTORY AND LANDS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
Our work is justified by the need to:
Confront a lack of access to information
React to an urgent threat of knowledge loss
Humanize issues related to tenure insecurity and sustainable development
Respond to an increase of poverty and inequality
Recognize the legal invisibility of a particularly vulnerable group within the community
WHO WE SERVE
The Rich Coast Project serves the coastal communities of southern Caribbean Costa Rica between Cahuita and Manzanillo. This region is inhabited by the descendants of Afro-Caribbean settlers, as well as indigenous Bribri and Cabecar tribes and multiethnic mix of new and long-term migrants from all over the world.