The brightness of a cloud’s silver lining is determined by how we rise to the challenge. As we face an unprecedented situation, we have been uplifted by many examples of solidarity, collaboration, and friendship. El Silencio Lodge & Spa is proud to be a leader among Costa Rica’s hospitality industry and as such has responded to the trying times that the country’s tourism community is enduring.
At the onset of the crisis Costa Rica’s government authorities took decisive actions and had to make difficult decisions, including closing the border to international travel. These decisions have been successful in managing the health situation, but they have had a strong negative impact on the many families that count on tourism as their main source of income. As we support and implement the directives of the Ministry of Health, El Silencio Lodge & Spa has taken an active role in addressing our community’s most pressing economic needs and the clear threat to their livelihoods.
On March 27, 2020 we set up a $10,000 fund to assist our neighbors in the small rural town of Bajos del Toro. Local residents have been encouraged to submit requests for aid and we are addressing their needs quickly and efficiently. Every submission is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and our own staff has delivered the assistance in person.
We hope this small contribution has a large impact during these challenging times. And we hope it inspires other hotels and resorts to share their means with their own neighboring communities.
To date, we have distributed $X in monetary and -in-kind donations. These are the human stories so far: