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The Challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the world in very different ways. In Costa Rica, we are experiencing an economic collapse that is leading to a humanitarian crisis where entire segments of the population cannot afford to feed their families.

In a town like Manuel Antonio, the beautiful beach resort area where Hotel Téva is located, most of the 20,000 residents depend on tourism for their livelihood, specifically the high season months between December and April. With half of this season erased by the pandemic — and with predictions of another 12-18 months before a return to normalcy — hotels, restaurants, tour companies, and supporting industries are all shuttered.

Thousands of workers who already live paycheck to paycheck are now down to their last savings and do not have a solution for feeding themselves and their children, aside from a $220 stipend that the government has promised to certain people who have lost their jobs (though this is not nearly enough to feed a family).

While we know all of you have been impacted by the pandemic (and we send love to all of you who are struggling through your own hardships), we are appealing to those of you who are fortunate enough to still have a paycheck, who still have your health, and who would love to take an adventure to the beaches and jungles of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica when this is all over in exchange for a donation to help feed our community!

 

Meet some of our families who appreciate your help:

Our Solution

Téva is blessed with 8 hectares (20 acres) of beautiful jungle. A portion of the land along the road front, historically used for horse pasture and farmland, currently remains clear and unused.

We’ve decided to convert this sunny, open space into a vibrant garden that we will use to grow food for the 20 families that dedicate their time and energy to our hotel. And whatever surplus we can grow beyond these needs, we will distribute to those in need in the larger local community of Quepos and Manuel Antonio.

A portion of the forested area along the road front is full of historically planted tropical fruit trees, which we will revitalise and integrate into the farm using tried and tested permaculture techniques, to make sure we can provide food that is not only healthy, but that is sustainable and chemical-free.

We have already started raising chickens, who will help to fertilize the soil as they forage for food, and whose eggs will be wonderful addition to our produce, and we are looking into the feasibility of sustainable-tilapia farming, to create a closed-cycle system that will recycle nutrients and waste water back into the organic gardens.

All we need now is some financial help to get the project up and running as quickly as possible, while it’s still dry before rainy season!

Give Now!

Your investment at work, with perks!

Your donations to our project to feed our community come with rewards! You’re welcome to donate any amount you’d like, but for giving certain amounts (or above), Hotel Téva is showing our thanks, on behalf of our staff and community, by offering you a variety of benefits like free meals, free hotel stays, free adventure activities and tours, and even free massages and yoga classes!

This is how we plan to put your donation to work right away:

1

Professional consultation and planning

Working with local partner ConstruVerde for garden engineering and design, soil analysis, hydrological study, plant suitability recommendations, sunlight optimization, terracing strategy, water conservation and recycling, composting plan, and seedling sourcing
2

Construction materials and equipment (this part will be the most expensive)

We will need stones to build retaining walls for terraces, wood for framing planter beds, good soil to supplement the clay we are working with, roof and greenhouse structures, materials or shading canopies, and tubing for irrigation
3

Feeding our volunteers

In addition to making sure they stay safe and healthy (social distancing and sanitized equipment), we will be supplying our local volunteers with housing and meals throughout construction, so we will need the basics! Rice, beans, etc

Donations in Dollars

Just a Taste

$ 100

or more, 2 pax
  • Meals: A delicious, private dinner at Azulëo Restaurant, prepared with fresh ingredients picked from the garden

Eat and Stay

$ 500

or more, 2 pax
  • Lodging: up to 5 nights in a Comfort Double room at Hotel Téva
  • Meals: 1) Welcome cocktail, 2) A delicious lunch bowl at Azulëo made from organic produce picked from the garden that you made possible

Eat, Drink, Be Merry

$ 1,000

or more, 2 pax
  • Lodging: Up to 5 nights in a Deluxe Apartment at Hotel Téva
  • Meals: 1) Welcome cocktail, 2) A gourmet dinner at Azulëo made from organic produce picked from the garden that you made possible
  • Experiences: 1) Guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park, 2) Choice of adventure tour: – White water rafting, – Zip lining, – ATV adventure
  • Wellness: Private massage in Téva’s brand new Jungle Wellness Center

Group Fun!Best deal

$ 700

per pair, min 3 pairs
  • Lodging: Up to 5 nights in Comfort Doubles at Hotel Téva (2 per room)
  • Meals: 1) Welcome cocktails, 2) Special group dinner at Azulëo made from organic produce picked from the garden that you made possible
  • Experiences: 1) Guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park, 2) Choice of adventure tour: – White water rafting, – Zip lining, – ATV adventure
  • Wellness: Group yoga class in Téva’s brand new Jungle Wellness Center

Yoga Time!

$ 1,500

plus, per pax
  • Get a full holistic healing retreat with the Sisters That Stray!
  • When: September 2-8, 2020 at Téva in Manuel Antonio
  • Included: Daily Yoga & Meditation, Holistic Health and Fitness Workshops, Healing and Restorative time spent in Nature, Plant-Based Cooking Demos, Heart Opening Cacao Circle, Creative Life Force Workshops, Organic, locally-sourced plant-based meals, Ecstatic Dance & Live Music, An Indigenous Costa Rican Cacao Ceremony & Drum Circle, Beach Sunset Bonfire & Mandala

Donations in Colones (Locals)

Let's Lunch!

20.000

or more, 1 pax
  • Meals: A delicious lunch bowl at Azulëo Restaurant, prepared with fresh ingredients picked from the garden

Lunch and Stay

50.000

or more, 1 pax
  • Meals: Every time you reserve and stay at Téva, get a free lunch bowl made from the produce you helped to grow!

Grupo de Amigos

150.000

por pareja, 3 par min
  • Lodging: 2 to 5 nights in a Deluxe Apartment at Hotel Téva
  • Meals: 1) Welcome cocktail, 2) A gourmet dinner at Azulëo made from organic produce picked from the garden that you made possible
  • Experiences: 1) Guided tour of the gardens, 2) Jungle Night Tour
  • Wellness: Private massage in Téva’s brand new Jungle Wellness Center

DeluxeBest Deal

500.000

or more, 2 pax
  • Lodging: 2 to 5 nights in a Deluxe Apartment at Hotel Téva
  • Meals: 1) Welcome cocktail, 2) A gourmet dinner at Azulëo made from organic produce picked from the garden that you made possible
  • Experiences: 1) Guided tour of the gardens, 2) Jungle Night Tour
  • Wellness: Private massage in Téva’s brand new Jungle Wellness Center

$6,120 of $8,000

76%

Please fill out this form, and then make your contribution using any of these methods:

Foreigners: PayPal or Venmo

Locals in Costa Rica: Transfer to BAC account (details inside form)

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* All rewards are redeemable through calendar years 2020 and 2021. Lodging rewards are not redeemable during Dec 8 – Jan 4 and Mar 26 – Apr 5.

Volunteers

Although we appreciate your financial help, and we can’t do this without your donations, you can also donate your time and energy! Join our team of volunteers for any of these activities:

  • Construction, masonry, earth moving
  • Nursery, planting, caretaking
  • Harvesting, distribution
  • Feeding and caring for chickens and fish
  • Administration, organization, team planning, community outreach

What we can offer volunteers, supported by donation funding:

  • Lodging in simple accommodations at Téva
  • Access to the communal kitchen and staple ingredients (rice, beans, etc). When the restaurant opens again, free breakfast and simple lunch bowl
  • Access to the grounds and facilities at Téva (forest trails, jungle swimming pool, café workspace, free wifi, jungle yoga platorm)
  • Official certificate of completing the volunteer program
  • Access to the beauty of Manuel Antonio

What we ask:

  • Commitment of at least 1 month of time
  • Sign the COVID-19 community safety standards agreement to ensure health and safety of all volunteers, staff, and community members
  • Please post on your social media to help us raise money for the project!

How to participate? Email huerta@tevacr.com to join the project!

If you live in Quepos or Manuel Antonio and you’d like to receive food from the garden, please email us at the same address.

Si usted vive en Quepos o Manuel Antonio y desea recibir vegetales y frutas de la huerta, por favor enviarnos un mensaje al mismo correo.

Progress

Overall garden design:

  • Yellow: plants that like to receive more sun, with intentional shading (peppers, chiles, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, etc)
  • Green: plants that we can plant under the shade of large, preexisting trees (arugula, beets, broccoli, celery, garlic, spinach, basil, mint, parsley, rosemary)
  • Red: plants that like flat land and sun (corn, beans, squash)
  • Purple: food forest of fruiting trees and shurbs that will coexist harmoniously (breadfruit, rambutan, guava, macadamia nut, cacao, cashew, water apple, pineapple, bananas, plantains, coconut, jackfruit, cas, papaya, cinnamon, avocado)

Donations received:

Thank you so much for your support!

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