What was once a coffee plantation became a refugee settlement when thousands of people fled for their lives during the 1980’s civil war in neighboring Nicaragua. As refugees, basic supplies like water, food, electricity and shelter were not immediately available to them. So a church was planted 25 years ago to help alleviate the all too evident needs of the community now known as Costa Rica’s largest slum, Rincon Grande de Pavas.
With very little in resources, the church made an impact but was constantly struggling with the overwhelming needs. In 2012, Hope Partners International adopted this initiative and built on the foundation that had already been laid. A new Hope Center was born with a transformational strategy designed to not only provide rescue for those immediate needs but also to equip each child with the tools to impact the world for Christ.