Goal: $5,000 (USD)
Raised: $4,469.89 (USD) Supporters : 47
Tourism accounts for roughly 8% of Costa Rica’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), so on March 18, when the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) forced our country to close its borders, our community in Bahia Ballena de Osa was immediately adversely impacted. Being a nature tour operator, we had to close all operations, which resulted in us having to make the difficult but necessary decision to reduce the salaries for our 8 full-time employees. Additionally, with no tours scheduled through at least the end of June, our 12 contractors/freelancers have not been able to receive any income since March 18, and they have no other sources of income. Our employees have a limited amount of emergency savings, and the government only provides a small amount of unemployment benefits.
Therefore, we have launched this campaign to seek out additional support from you! Our priority is to provide nutritional support to the Bahia Aventuras team and their families during this time of crisis. 100% of your donations will go directly to our team and their families. We will use the funds generated from this campaign to purchase essential food supplies from local companies in our community, and our staff will assemble food baskets every two weeks comprised of the items purchased. Lastly, if we exceed our financial goal listed in the campaign, we will use the excess funds to provide the same assistance to other families in our local community. Please send your donation to our PayPal account using the donate button below. Any donation will help our team through these trying times, and no amount is too small!
In honor of your support, for every donation received, we will provide a one-person discount on all future whale tour reservations (one per household). This offer is valid through December 31, 2021.
When it is safe and you are able, please visit us, or suggest a friend who may want to travel!We are thankful to everyone that can help us during this crisis, and we will continue to do our part in supporting as many people as we can for as long as possible for the well-being of our community.