Caring For The Terminally Ill And Destitute In Costa Rica


Caring For The Terminally Ill And Destitute In Costa Rica
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“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” -Margaret Mead


A small team humble Ticos in San Isidro del General, Costa Rica are changing the world one person at a time. Tirelessly working on behalf of the terminally ill and elderly, we’re proud to introduce to your Hogar Betania:


Hogar Betania: An Amazing Nonprofit In Costa Rica


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Photo via Ronn aka “Blue” Aldaman


Hogar Betania was founded in 1992 with a mission to care for people with terminal illness who don’t have families able to do so. In 1993, Hogar Betania officially became a nonprofit in Costa Rica.


Although Hogar Betania’s original mission was to offer shelter and care for the terminally ill, they have now expanded to provide care to elderly citizens with a range of different disabilities and needs, including residents suffering from dementia. Some residents come from extreme poverty, and prior to Hogar Betania, had no resources to get the help they needed. A few of them have even been abandoned, with no one to provide their care.


Who’s Supporting Them?


The home is not a Government institution. It is subsidized by CONAPAM and the Junta de Protección Social, and a small number of residents pay from pensions. For the substantial remaining shortfall, Hogar Betania is reliant on voluntary donations. In the past, the home has been faced with problems in its organization, administration, and lack of sufficient financial resources.


Hogar Betania was at risk of having to close its doors, but thanks to the help of neighbors, friends, and private companies in the Perez Zeledon community, its management has succeeded in making vast improvements to the building, surroundings, and care facilities for the residents.


Thanks to these good people, Hogar Betania has been able to improve its services and reaffirm its founding principle of offering care that respects the human rights of each individual resident. They continue to struggle with limited resources, but strive to provide their residents with care that respects the dignity all humans deserve in their final days.


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Photo via Marjan Lazarevski


Community Efforts


Hogar Betania provides vital community services through the goodwill and effort of all who generously and freely contribute their work. Donations come in the form of funding, but also goods of all kinds, such as fresh produce, food supplies, games, clothing, and furniture.


The International Women’s Club


This page has been sponsored by the Perez Zeledon International Women’s Club which adopted Hogar Betania as its first community service project.


“It is a privilege to witness the home’s determination to enable its residents to live as valued human beings – given quality care, dignity and respect in their final days. We know the home will be sincerely grateful for any help Every Digit readers may be able to provide.” -a word from the Women’s Club


The International Women’s club is a band of expats working to see lasting change in their community through a variety of services. There are many ways to get involved with the Women’s Club by joining them in their work, or supporting them as they continue to love and serve the community.


Want To Learn More?


For more information call 2772 6441 (to speak to the Administrator in Spanish) or contact Perez Zeledon International Women’s Club.


Want To Give?


For donations, please use the following account:
ASOCIACIÓN HOGAR BETANIA Banco Nacional: 100-1-0100007349-0
Cédula juridical: 3-002-142152Cuenta Cliente: 15101010010073493
TELÉFONO: 2772 6441


The work that Hogar Betania strives each day to achieve is profoundly admirable. There are many ways to get involved, be it through volunteering, giving, or advocating. Let’s stand by these heroes who sacrifice much on behalf of the most destitute in the community.


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