Abandonment and exclusion: this is the reality of the families of indigenous territories, such as Alto Telire, in Talamanca.
For this reason since 2015, the bishop of Limón, Monsignor Javier Román, together with priests of the Diocese and sisters of the Sisters of Charity of Mother Teresa, try to take a little enthusiasm to the inhabitants of the most remote areas such as Piedra Mesa, Guayabal, Naranjal, Botubata, Alto Urén, San José Cabécar.
Food, health services and implements for education are part of the gifts they take to these families that have been practically forgotten. To make it a reality, they require donations of all kinds, including helicopter transport, because the road is complicated.
Volunteers must travel part of the way on foot, by trekking in the middle of the mountain, passing rivers and many unimaginable situations in the jungle of Talamanca, according to Monsignor Roman.
Sometimes it takes days to go down, as in the case of the tours to Piedra Mesa, other times both the ascent and the descent are made on foot, equally for two or more days walking eight, ten and up to 12 hours a day and resting in the huts of the families that give us lodging and sometimes even in the open,”
The tours are done periodically. This year they were made in March and last week.
According to Roman, there are basic emergencies that remain unsatisfied and directly affect the quality of life of these people.
One of the issues that I was most concerned to see in the last tour to Piedra Mesa is the state of the schools, completely disgraceful, unsafe huts that fall to pieces, where water floods in when it rains, with dirt floor and without the minimum conditions for an educational process that offers opportunities for improvement for children and young people in those places,”
says the religious man.
Anyone can help with the cause: all you have to do is take non-perishable food to the following points:
The Diocesan Curia of Limón (2758-0093).
Guápiles, at the facilities of Radio Nueva and San José.
Eco Católico (22nd Street, avenues 3 and 5 San José, Headquarters of the Episcopal Conference of Costa Rica, tel 2222-8391, ext 105 and 123).
Taquería Los Conejos in Desamparados.