We continue to build relationships with many wonderful people in Costa Rica at the Santa Elena Coffee Farm: Jim and Luz Marina Stuart, all of the fine personnel of their farm and beneficio, and the many returning migrant and local coffee pickers. It was nice to see many of the same faces return to say “Hi” and “thank you for helping.” Cindy Elliott, the medical provider and founder of the trip, along with husband Todd Elliott, organizer and coffee service owner, plan to continue this trip annually. We had second-year veteran volunteers: Patricia and Kelvin Dasher; Jason and Andrew Marsden of Tucson, AZ; as well as Sara, and Britta Diefenbach from Hershey, PA. First-year volunteers included: Cailyn Bunce from Denver, CO; and Veanna Oldaker from Tucson, AZ; and fund-raiser and photographer Kerri Goodman. During the trip, the volunteer group was able to treat approximately two hundred men, women, and children in the fields of the Santa Elena coffee farm. Jason acted as the on site dispensary assisting Cindy as she used medications for procedures and prescriptions. Sara was our 2015 photographer. Andrew and Veana helped set up and tear down camp at each site. Kelvin and Todd coordinated, transported, and navigated. Patricia served as our interpreter and cultural attaché. Financial support came from: Pat Hagerty and Vistar distributing, Todd and Cindy Elliott, Tom and Sandra Elliott, Tomdra Vending and Coffee, Abundant Health Family Practice, Stu Kaner, Thom Depaola, Coding continuum Inc., and Carolyn Moore.
This trip has allowed us as Coffee entrepreneurs, major coffee drinkers, and human beings to give back to those who work so hard every day in the fields of Santa Elena Coffee farm hand-picking every bean. We have been able to take care of the people by meeting some of their very basic medical needs. We were also able to do some more advanced care such as joint injections, minor surgical procedures for skin infections, provide education about health and family planning, all while caring for each person with love and respect.
Readers can help by
Helping us to care for Santa Elena coffee pickers by supporting this annual trip financially and through prayer.
How to Donate:
1. Go to alivechurch.com
2. Choose the drop down menu “Giving” and Choose “Give Now No Registration”
3. Give to: choose Missions and then use the sub-category Costa Rica.
4. Finish the rest of the form for payment type, then review and complete.
All funds are tax deductible, and a year-end giving statement can be provided.
If you prefer to mail a check mark comments “for Costa Rica Missions” and send check to:
Alive church 9662 N La Cholla Blvd Tucson, AZ 85742
If you have any questions please call Cindy Elliott at 520-869-1232 (cell) or 520-326-1457 (work).
United States, Santa Elena Coffee Farm
Benefiting migrant coffee pickers and the families of Santa Elena Coffee Farm in Costa Rica.