Because we believe that our work promotes the development of communities, in 2017 we applied to the Social Innovation category at the Viva Idea awards. We proudly and happily received support from our readers, local artists, journalism colleagues and even from the President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís, all of whom voted and encouraged others to do the same.
We came in second place as the only undertaking in the country participating in that category and we won $2,500.
In December, the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress awarded us honorable mention for our publications about gender-based violence, which includes an explanatory report about the rate of violence against Guanacastecan women, which is 38% higher than in the rest of the country. The foundation also recognized reports like the declaration of Nicoya as a canton free of street harassment and the march against harassment.
We participated in the workshop The Engine Room in Río de Janeiro, Brazil, in order to develop and create cross-border alliances and strategies around corruption, impunity and improper use of power, while also promoting transparency and the opening up of data at public entities.
Throughout 2017 we received calls, messages at our Facebook account and emails asking for more: more investigations about public officials, more reports on the Guanacastecan identity, more complaints about environmental irregularities, more awareness campaigns about violence against women and human rights.
Our hope for this next year is that this continues happening, that our readers continue having the trust to approach us and make requests of us, to contribute, to investigate with us, to donate $10 per month and be one of our sponsors, to offer themselves as volunteers, tell people about our work and spread the word that we are a good media outlet for investing in advertising