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Times are tough in Costa Rica, but there’s still hope.

Income inequality is on the rise, making it harder for people to afford basic necessities. This is where art and community action come in.

“Yo soy de aquí – Embelleciendo Bajo Los Anonos” is a project that aims to improve the quality of life in low-income communities through art, biodiversity, and public space improvements. It’s a multi-sectoral response to extreme poverty that’s giving people a sense of hope and belonging.

The project is creating a space for people to come together, share, and recreate. It’s also promoting art and culture as tools for social transformation.

“Yo soy de aquí – Embelleciendo Bajo Los Anonos” is a reminder that even in tough times, it’s possible to keep smiling and build a better future.

Why “Yo soy de aquí – Embelleciendo Bajo Los Anonos” is important

This multi-sectoral project is making Bajo Los Anonos a better place to live by improving the environment, culture, sports, and social life of its residents. It’s also aimed at preventing crime, and it’s based on the following research:

People who live in areas with high biodiversity are less likely to suffer from heart disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases (PLOS Medicine).

Kids who take art classes are less likely to commit crimes (University of Pennsylvania).

People who live in neighborhoods with murals are less likely to report crimes (University of California, Irvine).

Art programs in schools can help reduce school violence (University of Texas, Austin).

How “Yo soy de aquí – Embelleciendo Bajo Los Anonos” will help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

The “Yo soy de aquí – Embelleciendo Bajo Los Anonos” project will help achieve the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

SDG 1: End poverty: The project will improve the quality of life for people in the Bajo Los Anonos community by providing them with access to cultural, social, environmental, health, and sports activities. This will help them improve their income, reduce inequality, and create opportunities for development.

SDG 2: Zero hunger: The project will promote regenerative development processes so that people can grow their own food. This will allow them to have access to a healthy and nutritious diet, and it will also help them reduce their dependence on markets.

SDG 3: Good health and well-being: The project will promote the health and well-being of people in the Bajo Los Anonos community by organizing health education and promotion activities. This will help them prevent diseases, improve their health, and quality of life.

SDG 4: Quality education: By offering art workshops and classes in art, music, dance, and theater, the project will help the community develop their skills and talents, and it will also help them learn about their culture and heritage.

SDG 5: Gender equality: The project will promote gender equality in the Bajo Los Anonos community by involving women and girls in project activities. This will help them to empower themselves and take a more active role in society.

SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation: One of the great challenges of the project is to create incentives for people to clean up the spaces where water flows and to improve sanitation in the Bajo Los Anonos community by cleaning the drains and the storm sewer system. This will prevent diseases and improve their health and quality of life.

SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities: The project seeks the sustainability of the Bajo Los Anonos community by promoting recycling, waste management, and reforestation. This will help them protect the environment and create a more sustainable future for generations to come.

SDG 15: Life on land: The project meets this goal by promoting reforestation, forest and biodiversity conservation, and the protection of terrestrial ecosystems. The project also seeks to reduce land degradation and desertification.

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