This project is part of the Covid-19 mitigation effort ×
Costa Rica

COVID-19 Response for the self-protection of Indigenous peoples in the Talamanca Rainforest

By Love For Life E.v.

Registered Charity

COVID-19 Response for the self-protection of Indigenous peoples in the Talamanca Rainforest

Executive Summary

Indigenous peoples are extremely vulnerable to pandemics due to persistent inequalities, discrimination, and their geographic isolation. COVID-19 represents an existential threat to their physical and cultural survival. 
Sources of food in Indigenous territories are already diminishing due to the impact of climate change and other sources of income are highly limited or non-existent. Therefore, these sustainable emergency actions aim to prevent food shortages or difficult access to food due to the loss of markets for Indigenous products and the loss of sources of income due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Emergency funds are only effective when part of long-term strategy to prevent and alleviate the negative impact of the pandemic and restrictions, your support promotes sustainable food sovereinty and health.

Impact Indicators

People: Social Impact

Number of Lives Impacted:



Female, Male


0-3, 4-11, 12-17, 18-25, 26-40, 41-60, 60+

Employment Status:



Disabled, Non-Disabled


Rural, Remote

Planet: Environmental Impact







Topic and Activity Grid



Health & Medical

Food and Hunger


Women Empowerment




Goods Provision

Infrastructure Provision

Services Provision

Research & Development

Raising Awareness




Costa Rica

Project Outcome Indicators

Short Term:

— Access to Food, Medicines & Hygiene

2000 families have access to food, medicines and hygiene products.

Long Term:

— Long-term Food Security

80% of the project families secure their access to food by establishing household / community gardens, product exchange fairs


Your donation will support the following immediate actions:
Radio alerts in Indigenous languages with information on prevention & response;
Information material on public health in the local language;
Implementation of travel restrictions into Indigenous territories;
Food, hygiene and basic necessity kits for families;
Medical assistance and supplies to hard-to-reach Indigenous communities.
Your contribution will also support sustainable action towards food security and health:
Promotion of the Indigenous Cabécar women to strengthen their role and participation in Covid-response activities; 
Securing access to seeds as part of a larger strategy on food sovereignty based on the Indigenous system of cultural production;
Strengthening of Inidgenous women's food security initiatives to facilitate the exchange of food and agricultural produces among families and Indigenous territories;
Creation of alternative livelihoods for processing Indigenous cultural and agricultural production;
Strengthening knowledge and production of Indigenous traditional medicine;
Ongoing pressure and advocacy on government and national institutions to include Indigenous communities in official communications, resource allocation, and for the promotion, strengthening and safeguarding of their local and traditional production.



UPDATE #1 | 2 years ago

Indigenous Women Partner Organisation Wins UNDP Equator Prize 2021

We are deeply grateful and joyful to announce that our local partner, Kabata Könana, the Indigenous Women Association serving the self-empowerment of Cabécar women in Costa Rica’s Talamanca Forest won the prestigious UNDP Equator Prize 2021. 

The Equator Prize, organized by the Equator Initiative within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), recognizes the work of local and indigenous organizations from across the world showcasing innovative, nature-based solutions for tackling biodiversity loss and climate change. 

The Women’s Association Kábata Könana, meaning “Defenders of the Mountains”, promote the use of traditional practices and knowledge for food security and sovereignty, medicinal purposes, and strengthens women’s leadership and Indigenous rights while protecting their forest and culture. 

Since the crisis due to Covid-19 measures hit Costa Rica in March 2020, our local partners and Indigenous leaders from the Talamanca rainforest worked tirelessly to implement a prevention and recovery plan based on their ancestral culture and traditional food production system.

It is within the framework of LOVE FOR LIFE’s women empowerment program that the “Estanco Indígena de Trueque Virtual” was co-created by our Indigenous partners Kábata Könana, the Association for the Integral Development of the Talamanca Cabécar territory (ADITICA), and the Indigenous Bribri and Cabecar network (RIBCA). 

In the face of the ongoing health and socio-economic crisis, the women quickly established a virtual market based on communication technology and social media to trade and share food during the closure of regular markets. Indigenous women, trained as community coordinators, locally known as “weavers of knowledge”, have led the initiative with over 200 families of 15 communities. These families actively participate in the traditional production system for food sovereignty, sustainable change, and effective crisis response. 

With your support, we can continue to move not just money, but power, to Indigenous grassroots movements, organizations, and leaders. 

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Project Budget:


This project is currently not available for online funding through Maanch. Please get in touch to learn more about how you can support this project.

will provide awareness campaigns in 10 communities


will provide seeds and plants for 5 communities


will provide training women as change agents and food sovereignty expert


1 year

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How does this work?


Goal 1: No Poverty

This goal focuses on the poor and vulnerable, and aims to: reduce the population living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions, build a policy environment that is supportive of the poor and vulnerable, ensure that the poor and vulnerable have equal rights to economic resources and basic services, land & property, and reduce their exposure to the risks of economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

This goal focuses on all areas of food access, nutrition, agricultural productivity, sustainable production and consumption systems, and fostering a resilient ecosystem to shocks and disasters by promoting the diversity of crops. In addition it promotes investment in rural infrastructure, makes a commitment to addressing trade issues, and to oversee a functioning food commodity market.

Goal 3: Good Health And Wellbeing

This goal covers all aspects of health and wellbeing from infant mortality to effective service provision to those suffering from substance addiction. There are special commitments to ensuring access to affordable healthcare, the development of disease treatment, cure and prevention, and to strengthen the capacity of all countries for early warning, risk reduction and management of global health risks.

Goal 4: Quality Education

This goal seeks parity in access to education. There is specific focus on areas of early years development, and throughout the educational landscape, from literacy and numeracy to technical and tertiary education. There is a specific mention of upgrading educational infrastructure to be fully inclusive in terms of gender, disability and culture, offering bursaries and scholarships to address imbalances, and also to ensure high quality training and supply of educators.

Goal 5: Gender Equality

This goal seeks to end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. There is a specific focus on violence, trafficking and other types of exploitation, as well as a recognition of unpaid care work, provision of basic public services, and full reproductive and sexual rights. In the spirit of equality of access and opportunity, there is a workplace leadership and economic element, as well as the creation of an empowering policy environment for women and girls at all levels.

Goal 6: Clean Water And Sanitation

This goal champions universal and equitable access to water and sanitation for all people. There is an element around hygiene promotion, efficiency of use, championing the building and maintenance of appropriate infrastructure and technologies, and building strong international partnerships to ensure equality and sustainability of water and sanitation services worldwide.

Goal 7: Affordable And Clean Energy

This goal focuses on access to energy in a way that is modern, affordable, sustainable and reliable. There is also a commitment to promote and expand the share of energy production by renewable means, championing research and investment into energy efficiency and technologies, and ensuring that the infrastructure and technology has the capacity to support these aims, especially in developing countries.

Goal 8: Decent Work And Economic Growth

This goal covers all aspects of sustainable economic growth and providing full and productive, decent work for all people. The goal is progressive in its promotion of development-oriented policies around entrepreneurship and job creation, resource efficiency, and an end to forced labour and slavery. There’s also a special consideration to reducing the unbanked population, and promoting an integrated strategy around the future of work and the employment of young people.

Goal 9: Industry Innovation And Infrastructure

This goal supports the building of infrastructure and innovations to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation. The focus is on equality of access to economic development within countries, regions and across borders. There is specific promotion of research and development of technologies both in country and cross-border, and in turn increase access to connectivity, information and communication through access to the internet.

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

This goal seeks to reduce inequality within and among countries, in terms of economic, social, and political inclusion. There is a commitment to achieve and sustain the income growth of the bottom 40 percent of the population at a rate higher than a national average, reduce and eliminate discriminatory laws and practices, monitor international financial markets, encourage development assistance and financial flows, from nation states to individuals in the form of remittances.

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities And Communities

This goal pertains to the urban environment in terms of safety, sustainability, respect for heritage, environmental considerations, and the connectivity between urban, peri-urban and rural settlements and areas. Specifically, ensuring that cities are safe, inclusive and of net benefit to its inhabitants, the wider population, and the planet as a whole.

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption And Production

This goal promotes the move towards sustainability of consumption and production on a national and global scale, and covers everything from transparency and clarity on consumer choice, to the sustainable management of waste from industrial production. This Goal specifically looks at influencing businesses (through recommendation and policy) to incorporate sustainability into their procurement, staffing, and reporting, such that sustainability is embedded in the consumption and production cycle.

Goal 13: Climate Action

This goal covers all aspects of addressing and combating climate change. From strengthening resilience of populations at risk of natural disasters and climate based hazards, to education at a human and institutional level on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

Goal 14: Life Below Water

This goal encompasses all elements of the protection, restoration and sustainable use of our oceans, seas and marine resources. With an emphasis on reducing marine pollution, increasing the resilience of coastal and marine ecosystems, research on and minimisation of marine acidification, and sustainably managing water-reliant economies to ensure biodiversity while also ensuring fair work and income for those dependent on the oceans.

Goal 15: Life On Land

This goal encompasses all elements of the protection, restoration and sustainable use of our terrestrial ecosystems. This includes a commitment to protecting forests, creating a coherent plan against soil degradation, desertification, and the destruction of habitats of flora and fauna, all of which are critical to biodiversity and sustainable development. This is to be encouraged at a policy level, with a commitment to mobilise resources (financial and non-financial) to enable this conservation.

Goal 16: Peace, Justice And Strong Institutions

This goal focuses on the promotion, development, and maintenance of strong institutions to ensure peace, justice, and inclusion in society. This is detailed as promoting transparency, reducing crime in all forms including terrorism, violent and financial crimes, ensuring every individual is provided a legal identity and has equal and fair access to these institutions.

Goal 17: Partnerships For The Goals

This goal promotes working together, which will strengthen the means of implementation from a local to a global level to achieve sustainable development. Specifically the partnerships are divided into financial, technological, capacity-building, trade, policy and institutional coherence, including multiple stakeholders, and monitoring and accountability. By partnering on any or all of these bases will assist in the reliable achievement of the other 16 Goals.

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How does this work?

Your project is addressing the following pillars:


An end to poverty and hunger in all their forms and dimensions. A world where all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality, and in a healthy environment.


Protecting the planet from degradation, creating cycles of sustainable consumption and production, management of natural resources and taking action on climate change. This is all to ensure the planet can support the needs of present and future generations.


Fostering peaceful, just, and inclusive societies that are free from fear and violence. This is a necessary state for sustainable development.


Ensuring that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives, and that technological, social and economic progress occurs in harmony with nature.


To mobilise the means required to achieve the other four impact themes, through including the participation of all countries, stakeholders and people.

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