Culinary kitchen, computer lab give women in Costa Rica a chance at a better life

Women in San José, Costa Rica, learn cooking skills in a kitchen funded by the Rotary clubs of Portland Pearl, Oregon, USA, and Belén, Belén, Costa Rica.

By Donald Q. Smith, a member of the Rotary Club of Portland Pearl, Minnesota, USA.

If teenage girls from a barrio of suburban San José, Costa Rica, earn a high school diploma, their quality of life is likely to improve.

And if their mothers learn cooking skills, their lives, too, will be changed.

Those have been the goals of two successful projects by the Rotary clubs of Portland Pearl, Oregon, USA, and Belén, Belén, Costa Rica, both funded in part by grants from The Rotary Foundation.

The two clubs forged their first links at a project fair hosted by Central America Rotarians. Continue reading