FIELD NOTES: November 8, 2016
We've been back in Puerto Viejo for over one month now, and so much has happened. Our first student group of the season is set to arrive in a couple of weeks, we're preparing a local exhibit of photographs from the South Caribe Roots Archive, and gearing up for big advances in our organizational structure. Take a look at what we've accomplished and at what we have in store.
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Almost ready to apply for 501(c)(3)
For the past few months law students at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law have been helping the Rich Coast Project prepare its application for federal non-profit status through the school's Non Profit Legal Clinic. The materials are prepared and almost ready to submit - we're just missing the application fee! Please consider donating what you can to our 501c3 Fundraiser and help us take this next step as an organization.
Last month we returned to Shiroles, Talamanca to visit with the women of ACOMUITA, A chocolate cooperative run by all women indigenous cacao producers. This time we came with the results and recommendations from a case study about their organization that we delivered to a group of young prospective business students participating in the Young Women's Institute at Indiana University last June 2016. During their week at the Kelley school of Business these young women were able to interact with the ACOMUITA case and make recommendations about future business to business relationships for the women in Shiroles
SCRA calendar 2017
Last year we produced the first annual SCRA Calendar, which features historic photographs and information contributed by community members and collected by the Rich Coast Project. With the help of local sponsors, we were able to print 170 calendars - some of which we distributed to local families and Rich Coast Project collaborators, and some of which we sold in local stores.
This year we want to make sure the photographs reach as many community members as possible. The first edition of calendars will be printed with the support of local sponsors and given away free within the community.
Office hours at CC
Throughout the month of November our director Katie will be hosting regular weekly office hours at the Casa de la Cultura in order to provide a stable meeting point for those wishing to learn more about the Rich Coast Project and the South Caribe Roots Archive, or hoping to contribute a photograph or story to our collections.
Slideshow at Chocolate Festival
Puerto Viejo held its annual chocolate festival a couple weeks ago, and the South Caribe Roots Archive photo slideshow was playing for all of the attendees to enjoy. In case you missed out, you can view the slideshow here.
IU Media Students are on their way!
Students from the Indiana University Media School will be joining us in Puerto Viejo, in just a few short weeks these students will assist the rich coast project and developing a series of podcast stories with local producers as content for the South Caribe Roots Archive. They will also post a public photo exhibit and story workshop on their final day in town.