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As an articulator, SOMOS creates spaces for participation and collaborative work.

As an administrator, SOMOS uses its skillsets to manage projects of community and national level importance.

As an incubator, SOMOS provides favorable conditions for the development of a new organization and the generation of innovation in an existing organization or company.

SOMOS = Together we are better. When you support SOMOS you are making a contribution to creating a better community every single day. From disaster relief to community security, animal rescue and job creation, together we create solutions.

As an Articulator

We create spaces for participation and collaborative work.

Alliance of Organizations
This Alliance is made up of 13 community-based organizations which makes strategic plans, unites the voice of the community, negotiates relevant issues (such as the draft Law of the Marino Ballena National Park), and works on urgent issues such as promoting the creation of the Chamber of Tourism.
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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
Geoporter Costa Rica is a local non-profit NGO founded in 2016 located in Bahía Ballena, Osa, Costa Rica. Geoporter 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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As an Administrator

We use our skillsets to manage projects of community and national level importance.

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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As an Incubator

We provide favorable conditions for the development of a new organization and the generation of innovation in an existing organization or company.  

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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Costa Ballena Disaster Relief & Support
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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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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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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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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Somos TV
SOMOS supports Costa Ballena TV in its development of a new content format that gives a voice to specific groups in the community such as young people, women, and foreigners, with the purpose of strengthening the sense of belonging and leadership.
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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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Other organizations and community initiatives
we have supported:


Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Asada Uvita Bahia Osa
Asociacion de Operadores de Turismo
Bahia Ballena Nature Guides Association
Concejo Local PNMB
Coopeuvita RL
DAWG Association
El Refugio Hogar Animal Costa Ballena
Family Support Center of Ojochal
Ojos en la Calle
Open Arms Foundation

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