2024 Project Story: Costa Rica San Jose

Costa Rica is a country of extreme economic disparity. Although Costa Rica is more developed than a lot of other Central American countries, it is one of the few where extreme poverty is on the rise. A major issue that Costa Rica faces is early childhood education due to lack of facility resources in the mountainous rural areas of the country.

Due to its relatively low crime rates and more stable government, Costa Rica is an asylum for many Latin American refugees. The addition of these displaced people increases economic and political pressure on the Costa Rican government and society. With a myriad of problems to address, the importance of educational progress has been a lower priority compared to other in-country issues.

Education in Costa Rica is free; however, many parents cannot afford to pay their child’s lunch fees or provide a packed lunch. Because of this, it is estimated that only 30% of students graduate from High School.

A typical school in Costa Rica has about 300 students that attend each day. They only have 8 classrooms, leaving very little room for students in each classroom.

In response to these challenges, HXP Builders is working on a project to construct a structure aimed at supporting local students. While the final details of the project are still being finalized, this initiative reflects a concerted effort to address the educational needs of the community in light of the ongoing economic and health challenges.