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By supporting SOMOS you are contributing to disaster relief, community security, animal rescue, job creation, language and skills development, environmental preservation, youth-at-risk, water treatment and distribution, lifeguards, prevention of drug, violence and domestic abuse, women's rights, children's services and much more.

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured, sick and orphaned wildlife here in Costa Rica. Our ultimate objective is to assist in the recovery and release of native wildlife. Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary also provides lifetime accommodation and care to animals that cannot be released. We provide high quality veterinary treatment to all animals entering the facility.
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Bahia Ballena Nature Guides Association
Provides training and equipment to local tourism guides whom provide their services at sea, on land and to Isla del Caño or Corcovado National Park. Donations through SOMOS have allowed members to meet and maintain new national certification requirements.
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Bahia Ballena Plastic Free
The Bahia Ballena Libre de Plastico initiative was created to raise awareness among all stakeholders of the region and visitors about the impact of single-use plastic and provide biodegradable and economical alternatives to reduce consumption through talks, audiovisual material, educational programs, among others.
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Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Costa Ballena
Serving the Costa Ballena region of south-pacific Costa Rica, CACOBA strives to create better conditions and opportunity for industry, commerce and tourism.‍ Al servicio de la Costa Ballena, región del sur-Pacífico de Costa Rica, CACOBA se esfuerza por crear mejores condiciones y oportunidades para la industria, el comercio y el turismo.
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Community Enterprise Incubator (CEI)
Operating out of SOMOS Co-Work, SOMOS CEI provides strategic consultation, access to professional services, funding and back-office support to help local programs and organizations develop and sustain impactful operations and spin off on their own merits and capabilities.
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Costa Ballena Lifeguards
Costa Ballena Lifeguards is a non-profit association and ground-breaking public-private partnership with the Municipality of Osa and National Coastguard that trains, manages and operates lifeguard services in the Costa Ballena region. Since 2014 the Guardavidas have performed over 400 critical rescues, attended 100 medical incidents and issued 8000 warnings in the southern zone.
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DAWG Association
Asociación D.A.W.G. / DAWG Domestic Animal Welfare Group, is a non-profit organization focused on animal advocacy in the Costa Ballena region of Costa Rica. Our organization was founded in 2007.
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Disaster Relief
SOMOS’ Disaster Relief fund helps local residents recover from flooding, earthquakes and other natural disasters. During tropical storms, representatives spring into action, working with local leaders, organizations and government to ensure aid is received by those impacted the most.
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El Refugio Hogar Animal Costa Ballena
Founded in early 2017, El Refugio Hogar Animal Costa Ballena (which means “The Refuge Animal Home of Costa Ballena”) is an animal rescue organization in the Costa Ballena region of southern Costa Rica.El Refugio is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue organization, run entirely by volunteers, including its board of directors. All money donated goes entirely to the ongoing welfare of the animals.
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Family Support Center of Ojochal
The Family Support Center of Ojochal (FSCO) provides services to children and families in the Ojochal and surrounding areas to improve the wellness, safety, education and economic opportunities of these individuals and the community.
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Friends of Nature of the Central and Southern Pacific Coast - ASANA
ASANA’s mission is to restore and protect natural areas of the Paso de la Danta Biological Corridor (CBPD) in order to increase biodiversity and connectivity to such a level that large mammals, such as the tapir and the jaguar, can be established permanently.
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Geoporter Costa Rica
Geoporters Costa Rica is a local non-profit NGO founded in 2016 located in Bahía Ballena, Osa, Costa Rica. Geoporters Costa Rica is an organization in which we train and empower members of the coastal communities of the Bahia Ballena district in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and GPS to examine local resources and in the identification and resolution of social and environmental problems in order to promote the sustainable development of the area.
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Integral Community Development Association of Uvita (ADIU)
Founded in 1979, the Association of Integral Development of Uvita (ADIU) works to meet the needs of the residents and community of Bahía Ballena.
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Ojos en la Calle
A free smartphone application that allows everyone to anonymously report suspicious activity or incidents details anywhere.
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Open Arms Foundation
We have 2 major projects operating under the Open Arms Foundation to benefit our local community: OASIS Women's Center and Hands of Mercy. Oasis is a non-profit community project dedicated to the welfare of local women and adolescent girls. Hands of Mercy distributes food, clothing, medicines and other assistance to local families in financial crisis.
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Reserva Playa Tortuga
Reserva Playa Tortuga (RPT) is a non-profit biological research and environmental education center located in Ojochal. RPT’s mission is to develop and implement community-based projects and conservation management solutions that help protect our wetlands while creating and establishing environmental awareness amongst residents and visitors. Project examples include turtle egg rescue and hatchery, children’s environmental awareness classes, Crocodilia tracking and many more.
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SOMOS Co-Work
A shared office and workspace for independent professionals and local organizations to work, develop, host and share best practices. The only space of its kind in southern Costa Rica, SOMOS Co-work provides climate-controlled facilities including private desks, boardroom and meeting area and the region’s most reliable high-speed internet access.
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SafeBeach
Safebeach is a community-managed patrol program that trains youth-at-risk in crime prevention and ocean water safety in popular tourism areas and high-crime zones with planned expansion to neighborhoods.
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Semilla de Ballena Coastal Reforestation
Semilla de Ballena is a reforestation project of native tree species implemented in the communities of Bahia and Uvita, Osa, Costa Rica to counter the strong environmental impact of tourism development in the area.
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Stanford Environmental Leadership and Language (SELAL) Program
The Stanford Environmental Leadership and Language (SELAL) Program is an English-language intensive instructional program in eco-tourism, conservation and leadership for 13 and 14 year-olds in Puerto Jimenez, Golfito, Dominical, Uvita-Bahia, Ojochal taught during the summer break.
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Turística Association
TurisTica connects local companies with products and services focused on sustainable and accessible tourism in Bahìa Ballena to diversify the tourism offerings in Costa Ballena. SOMOS provides TurisTica professional services and access to funding through it’s 1% Pledge program.
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