We are pleased and excited because The Voice of Guanacaste is one of 12 finalists for the Viva Schmidheiny 2017 awards. Viva Schmidheiny is a competition in Latin America that rewards social innovation. Out of 535 contestants, we are one of two projects that will represent Costa Rica before a panel of experts in Bogota. Additionally, we are the only media outlet in Latin America in the final round.
One of the awards is voted on by the public. Here is where you can help us win: support us by clicking on this link and voting for us.
One click can make the difference so that our non-profit newspaper can win $5,000. This would allow us to offer more and better digital tools to strengthen our journalism and continue with the task of going beyond the news in each of our articles.
Nonprofit? Yes. Our main goal is to empower Guanacastecans to make decisions with the information we publish every day, to make our local governments more transparent, and to let citizens know where their money is being spent.
In recent years we have achieved writs of protection against mayors for impeding our access to information. We have exposed profound problems with water, but we also offer solutions. And we have held workshops to encourage leadership in small towns.
We don’t want money to grow a business, but instead to invest it in more stories, more journalists throughout the province, and better tools of knowledge for all Guanacastecans.
All of the investigations and reports that you read in The Voice of Guanacaste are possible thanks to donations from our readers, followers, and friends.
If you’re feeling especially kind today, share this link with your contacts or paste this text with our photograph on your social networks:
“The Voice of Guanacaste wants to strengthen regional, independent, and courageous journalism. Let’s help them reach their goal by voting for them here #ISupportTheVoice #VivaPremiosSchmidheiny: http://bit.ly/VotodelPublico2017”.
We will also participate in competitions for a $15,000 award for first place and another $2,500 for second place, as well as grants for training and to strengthen our hyper-local journalism.
Thank you from the entire team at The Voice of Guanacaste.