The donation of 104 sinks to Puriscal schools was part of 728 sinks donated to several public schools in the country.
- Ministry of Security photo -
Published on Thursday, September 2, 2021
Representatives of the Puriscal Educational Circuit, which includes seven schools located in Puriscal Canton in the rural zone of San José Province, thanked the United States government for their donation of sinks.
According to the Ministry of Education, the donation of 104 sinks to Puriscal schools was part of 728 sinks donated to several public schools in the country, made by the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Department of Defense. The sanitary equipment is valued at $210,000.
The delivery of the sinks began in June, but on Tuesday, the schools held an act of appreciation to the Embassy and Department of Defence representatives which took place at the Puriscal Professional Technical College.
"It is important to have these modern sink stations (for students to wash their hands) so that they can return to their studies in a healthy and safe way, protecting themselves, their parents, their families and teachers," the new Minister Counselor of the embassy, Marcos Mandojana said. He participated in the activity. "We are very happy to be able to make this donation, not only in Puriscal but in all parts of Costa Rica."
The donation is part of the Humanitarian Assistance Program of the Office of the Defense Representative.
"This year we have donated a total of 1,560 sink hand washing stations to 310 schools, which is equivalent to a $450,000 donation," the embassy said in its statement.
"It is very important for us that students can return to the schools. It is important for education and for parents too. They need to work and it is very difficult when students are at home,” said Commander Lawrence Tinstman, Representative of the Defense Office. "This donation is just a small part of the embassy's support to help communities in Costa Rica."
A video of the student's activities attended by the embassy representatives was released by the Ministry of Security, which can be seen on the AM Costa Rica YouTube channel.
According to the embassy, the U.S. Department of Defense also delivered additional sinks to schools in Upala, Alajuela, Puntarenas, San Carlos and in indigenous territories.
Recently, the embassy announced its support to the police security program "Ligas Atléticas Policiales" (Police Sports League in the English language) with the donation of eight mobile units to Social Security.
In August, Authorities of the United States Embassy announced Mandojana as the new Chargé d’Affaires, replacing Gloria Berbena.
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