Esperanza Development Association Will Invest More Than $1.6 Million in Works

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The development association of North Esperanza in Nicoya held its 37th annual meeting on July 28, during which they approved the work plan for the next two years and swore in the new members of the organization.

Among the projects that stand out for the coming years is the creation of a community aqueduct, with a total of 100 million colones ($200,000), from Water and Sewage (AyA), which will be administered by the community ASADA.

This aqueduct will supply water to 300 people who live in the area and who have had supply problems during the dry season. In addition, construction will begin on the 40 kilometers that connect the communities of Nambi in Nicoya and Ostional in Santa Cruz.

For this project 700 million colones ($1.4 million) has been budgeted, which includes widening and paving the road and installing drainage. The funds come from the municipalities of Nicoya and Santa Cruz, which a year ago committed to giving 300 million ($600,000) each to the project.

Also, the association agreed to the construction of a building for the evangelical church. One of the great achievements made by this association was bringing electricity to the communities in the high elevation areas in 2001, with an estimated project cost of 110 million colones ($220,000), as well as the creation of a local  high school, the Liceo Rural La Esperanza, with an initial investment of 267 million colones ($534,000), which is under construction and scheduled to open in October.

Carlos Pinar, the new president of the organization, said the aqueduct and the Nambi-Ostional road are two priorities of the new board: “We have two major priorities, and we will not rest until they are met… the construction of the community aqueduct and the Nambi-Ostional road.

Water is a great need after the crisis suffered last year… A far as the road, it is the only way to develop the communities in the high elevation areas,” he explained.

The Esperanza Development Association was created in March 1984, and to date has 220 registered members.