OUR MISSION IS to foster cultural resilience, empower citizen engagement, and increase access to information FOR AND ABOUT THE COMMUNITIES OF SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN COSTA RICA.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We collaborate with local and international partners to coordinate projects that investigate and document the history, identity, and human rights of the Afro-descendant communities of southern Caribbean Costa Rica (Caribe Sur).
Our goal is to assist the community in growing a living archive and making information about their history and rights more easily accessible both within and outside the community.
WHY DO WE DO IT?
The communities of Caribe Sur have experienced rapid change in just a few short decades. Many aspects of their culture and identity are threatened by the pressures of development and globalization. Inequality, crime and poverty are increasing in tandem with land insecurity.
We believe the residents here have the right to protect their history and lands for future generations.
WHO ARE WE?
The Rich Coast Project is a collaborative community effort involving both local residents and a team of international volunteers. We partner with civil society actors within Costa Rica to make our work accessible and responsive to local needs, and work with artists and academics from Costa Rica and beyond to contextualize the local experience and share their stories with the world.