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UN, Nosara and Samara Team Up on Community Development
By Kelly N Patterson

Both international and national organizations (FOMUDE, MIDEPLAN, ifam, ONU HABITAT, and UNDP: United Nations Development Programme) have allocated funds to Nicoya Municipality for at least 11 community development projects and programs, throughout the entire Nicoya region over the next 5 to 10 years.

On October 22, the Nicoya Municipality, in partnership with La Fuerza Pública and PROJECT OF ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT, aka POUND, called the first of several Nosara and Samara communities meetings. The objective of these meetings was to bring all local community groups, non-profit organizations, churches, schools, businesses, and concerned residents together to inform how to apply for municipality funding by creating a community-based development plan.

Nicoya Municipality (and its funders) seeks to fund programs and projects that address community development issues such as: economic sustainability; social issues (migration, health, poverty, etc.); safety and security; education; public services (water, electricity, transportation, roads, etc.); urban and rural planning; infrastructure; and culture.

Nosara’s Wishes
At the last meeting, the Nosara community proposed the following projects and programs to government and international representatives:

  • Improvement of educational center hours of operation and services
  • Creation of a recycling center
  • Purchase of land to build a community hall suitable for sport and cultural events, as well as a shelter in case of emergencies
  • Strengthen community safety
  • Invest in a peripheral bus for communities throughout the Nosara area
  • Creation of a municipal employment pool for locals
  • Extend the hours of Ebais, and assign two doctors for external consultation
  • Reconstruction of the water system
  • Improvements in public transport between Nosara and Nicoya
  • Recreation centers for children and adolescents
  • Cultural programs and events
  • Creation of a chamber of tourism
  • Creation of university campuses in the district
  • Resources for small businesses
  • New bridges near Las Delicias and San Ramon
  • Enforce tax collection and better use of taxes on public infrastructure

Samara’s Wishes
The Samara community proposed the following programs and projects:

  • Open Ebais on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Construction of a new police station, by the Samara gas station
  • Expansion of the water system in Samara and Cangrejal
  • Construction of a clinic in the district
  • Creation of a training center
  • Creation of an immigration office
  • Creation of a municipal information office
  • Lifeguard stations and lifeguards on the beach

IN OUR NEXT ISSUES, The Voice of Nosara will continue to keep you informed of the progress of these proposals.

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Small Budget for Samara and Nosara in 2010

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