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Know Your Roots. Know Your Rights.

 
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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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About The Rich Coast Project

OUR MISSION

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

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.


OUR IMPACT

Photograph and Document Digitization

MULTIMEDIA Story CollectioN

INTERACTIVE DATABASE DEVELOPMENT

PARTICIPATORY YOUTH MEDIA

Cross-Cultural Interdisciplinary Service-based Learning

 
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