THE DEMAIN FOUNDATION

DEMAIN’S REASON WHY

WE WANT TO BUILD A BETTER TOMORROW
HAND IN HAND WITH THE PEOPLE

The Demain Foundation is focused on helping transform three areas that are key for the social and economic development of Latin America: education, environment and culture. We specifically want to:

  • Contribute to higher quality education.
  • Help to secure the long-term sustainability of Costa Rica’s natural protected areas while improving the visitors’ experience.
  • Promote access to high quality cultural events for urban and rural audiences.

PROJECTS WE SUPPORT IN COSTA RICA

We Believe In Educational Excellence For Everyone

REALITIES WE WANT TO CHANGE

47%

Of young people (18-22 years) conclude their high school education and receive a baccalaureate diploma.

70%

Of high school students approve the national baccalaureate tests.

70

Is the average score obtained by students at the national baccalaureate tests (of 100 possible).

84%

Of high school students achieved a math test score below 60 (2013).

60%

Of the students can not use basic formulas, procedures or rules to solve problems.

32%

Of the students can not identify the main idea of a text, understand relationships or deduce information that does not appear in the text

Quality Experiences in National Parks

REALITIES WE WANT CHANGE

LACK OF TRAINING

Many rangers don’t have formal education.

INFRASTRUCTURE

In protected areas, the existing infrastructure is minimal and requires urgent maintenance.

LACK OF STAFF

25% of Costa Rica’s territory is protected by the National System of Conservation Areas but there are not enough rangers to actually guard these areas.

WORKING CONDITIONS ARE NOT THE BEST

Many rangers lack basic services or the necessary equipment to perform their duties.

We Develop and Support Quality Cultural Projects for Rural and Urban Audiences

REALITIES WE WANT TO CHANGE

58%

of the Costa Rican people have never seen a play, according to the National Survey of Cultural Habits and Practices (2011).

70%

of the citizens from the Atlantic coast of Costa Rica has not seen a play, according to the 2011 survey.