Tackling Child Poverty: A Mission of Hope in Costa Rica

In the heart of San José, Costa Rica, is a district know as Pavas. This poverty-stricken community has 60,000 people that live in a one square mile radius. It’s one of the most populated areas in the Greater Metropolitan Area and where God has opened the door for us to serve the community for the past eleven years.

Expanding Our Reach: The New Hope Center

The grand opening of our new Hope Center marks a significant stride in our ongoing mission to combat child poverty. It will double the number of children being cared for daily, in turn making a greater impact on the community. We will have 3 classrooms plus our new computer lab…triple what we had previously. We pray that our new Hope Center will stand as a symbol of HOPE in Costa Rica for years to come.  But why is this mission critical, and how do we approach such a daunting challenge?

Below is a short video recap of what we celebrated together

Understanding Child Poverty

The Impact of Extreme Poverty on Children

Child poverty is more than just a lack of financial resources. It’s a complex issue that deprives children of their basic needs, education, and security, impacting their physical and emotional development. In extreme cases, poverty can lead to malnutrition and vulnerability to exploitation.

Tackling Child Poverty - One of the children in the district of Pavas in Costa Rica.

Tackling Child Poverty - One of the children in the district of Pavas in Costa Rica.

Breaking the Cycle

Breaking the cycle of child poverty requires a multifaceted approach of “rescue and transformation through acts of compassion in Jesus’ name.” And despite the  bright smiles and clean appearances of these precious children, their lives are often marred by cycles of abuse and neglect, a common narrative in poverty-stricken communities. But how does Hope Partners International intervene in this cycle?

TACKLING CHILD POVERTY - The community gets to see the new Hope Center for the first time

TACKLING CHILD POVERTY - The community gets to see the new Costa Rica Hope Center for the first time

Our Approach to Solving Poverty

Steps to Making a Difference

1. RESCUE: The first pillar is about addressing the immediate needs of a child.

  • Safety: At all of our Hope Centers, we focus on ensuring each child receives a safe place to grow and learn.
    Food: A balanced meal every day to receive all the nutrients they need.

It’s about removing the day-to-day burdens from their shoulders and providing a consistent place of refuge and nourishment. So every time they come to our Hope Center, they get a belly filled with food and a safe environment where children can dream, grow, and realize their potential.

2. TRANSFORMATION: This represents our commitment to the “long-term journey” with each child. We emphasize two key areas for a child’s transformation:

  • Spiritual Growth: Fostering a deepening relationship with Jesus, helping each child recognize their worth and purpose as divinely created beings.
  • Education: Supporting children in identifying and pursuing the dreams God has placed in their hearts through mentorship and educational classes that will take them through college or vocational school.

Each Hope Center around the globe, while sharing these core pillars, adapts its approach to meet the unique needs of its community. It’s about creating a tailored path of rescue and transformation for every child we serve.

TACKLING CHILD POVERTY - How we break the cycle of child poverty

TACKLING CHILD POVERTY - How we break the cycle of child poverty

TACKLING CHILD POVERTY - The new Costa Rica Hope Center

TACKLING CHILD POVERTY - The new Costa Rica Hope Center

Why Child Poverty Matters

The Long-term Effects

The consequences of child poverty extend far beyond childhood, affecting individuals and communities for generations. By addressing child poverty, we’re not only changing individual lives but also fostering healthier, more vibrant communities.

A Global Responsibility

Child poverty is a global issue that requires a global response. It’s not just about charity; it’s about justice, equity, and human rights. Supporting efforts to reduce child poverty is a way to build a better, more equitable world for all.


How You Can Help

Joining the Fight Against Poverty

Your support can make a real difference in the lives of children in Costa Rica and beyond. Whether through donations, volunteering, or simply spreading the word, every action counts. Together, we can provide children with the opportunities they need to break the cycle of poverty.

Looking Ahead

Our Vision for the Future

As we celebrate the opening of our new Hope Center in Pavas, it’s evident that the story of our Hope Center in Pavas is one of unity and divine collaboration. It’s a tale of how God’s kingdom works together, uniting local and international forces—churches, financial partners, volunteers, and even government bodies—to rescue and transform lives.

Thank you to everyone who has joined us on this journey. Your prayers, support, and belief in the power of love and community have been instrumental in bringing this vision to life. Together, we’ve witnessed God’s work unfold expanding His kingdom, one child, one family, at a time.