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El Zota Collaboration Campus
Costa Rica

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The Refuge Project is partnering with Fundacíon Madre Tierra Verde (FMTV) 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, 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 at El Zota, a biological field station. Located approximately 6 miles from the Caribbean ocean just south of the Barra del Colorado Wildlife Preserve, El Zota is well situated to facilitate all the projects we are developing. Ecologically diverse, including secondary forest, rivers, and existing infrastructure, we can do so much here. 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 ( )


   “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. 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. 


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