FMTV Collaboration Campus
The Refuge Project is partnering with Fundacíon Madre Tierra Verde (FMTV) and Disaster Hack to create a multi group campus. We are bringing together groups with the common goal of supporting international refugees, humanitarian aid workers, humanitarian aid and environmental response groups, orange economy development, and a center for international university students to come and pursue ecological studies and solutions to the climate crisis. This list will grow as we partner with more groups over time as we welcome more like minded people into our combined efforts and campus.
We are building this campus from the ground up on land given to FMTV for this purpose. Located approximately 6 miles from the Caribbean ocean in the Barra del Colorado Wildlife Preserve, the campus is well situated to facilitate all the projects we are developing. Ecologically diverse, including primary forest, rivers, and reclaimed grazing lands, we can do so much here. The land is also close enough to the national borders to directly assist the refugee population from the surrounding countries. There is enough space here for everything we are working on plus more for us to host other groups to join in and help create solutions and movement.
Fundacíòn Madre Tierra Verde (https://www.mtvfund.org) )
“Madre Tierra Verde Foundation's purpose is to contribute to the transition of Costa Rican society towards a paradigm of a green and intelligent society, through technology transfer, finance, awareness and orange economy, considering the social, environmental and economic needs of the community.” - Melissa Rivera Abarca, Executive Director
"FMTV will be coordinating with public authorities, international cooperation, universities and the local community to collaborate on sustainable development and cultural integration by working together on circular economy projects."
"The joint efforts between the Fundación Madre Tierra Verde and The Refuge Project have created a vast array of future opportunities for international institutions of higher academic studies. In a near future, international universities and their specific academic departments will be able to come to Costa Rica, stay at the FMTV reserve in Barra del Colorado, and undergo research and development in different subjects. The key players that will participate in the development of this multi-group collaboration will provide an extensive scope of research possibilities for these institutions. Among the most important areas of study one can mention are the environment, sustainability, migration and refugees, bees, and many more. Costa Rica's calm and safe environment provides a haven for scientists, researchers, and innovators."
We will be working together with all the groups in our larger community to develop these projects. Disaster Hack already has a maker space and tech skills curriculum for people in developing countries that can easily be adapted to refugees with a variety of levels of tech skills and we are in conversation with other similar organizations to expand the available curriculum. As we partner with other groups, this program will grow in ever more supportive ways.
The Refuge Project
We are building a site that will be able to fully host all our disaster responder and humanitarian aid worker support programs, as well as our efforts to find further opportunities for respected service for veterans in those fields. We are building both temporary and long term housing for our humanitarian heroes so there is always somewhere for us to go in between our efforts in the field. The current training we have is basic skills in construction, logistics, and medical response. We will expand as we partner with more trainers and the demand for those classes increases.
Disaster Hack and Cyrcle
Disaster Hack will be helping with skills training curriculum in tech, maker space, and programming skills. Started in Nepal after the quake, they initially brought printers to print limbs out of recycled plastic filament for those that lost them in the earthquake of 2016. Since then they have been focusing on bringing education to primarily the Dalit caste there who are the most impacted and have the fewest resources. Their work to develop those education pathways has led to Cyrcle, which takes a person through the process of training and then helps them find work or markets for the products of those skills in a completely transparent process so people can become independent and self-sustaining.
All that work has created an educational and facilitation structure that will help our efforts with the international refugee population that wants to pursue work in tech fields.