Eleven-year-old Capri Everit is using her voice to help children in need. The Canadian girl and her family visited Costa Rica as part of a anthem-singing tour of 80 countries to raise $1 million for SOS Children's Villages.
The #GraciasCostaRica campaign invites members of the public to upload messages thanking Costa Rica for what it's given them. The messages help raise awareness of nonprofit initiatives in education, conservation and rural development.
Young people took the stage to tell their stories of coming to Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents (CEPIA), the organization that Laetitia Deweer cofounded with her friend and fellow Belgian Lotje Deridder to improve the quality of life of impoverished Guanacaste children and teenagers and their families.
A group of special needs children with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and developmental delays such as autism traveled to Avellanas, in the province of Guanacaste, Saturday to enjoy, some for the first time, a day at the beach.
These students, parents, teachers, volunteers and donors are expert foragers, turning unused classrooms, time and resources into educational gold. Their determination, commitment and selflessness also represent a broader spirit of giving that we seek to celebrate.