HOTEL GRANO DE ORO & SUSTAINABILITY?
We are currently in the process of being certified in the Program of Sustainable Tourism. We have invested a great deal of time and effort into making positive changes in all of the four aspects of the CST program. Information of what we are doing within the hotel can be found in the guest information given to you at check in or in the rooms.
Here are a few of the ways the Hotel Grano de Oro helps out within its local region as well as within Costa Rica as a country.
The Hotel Grano de Oro signed the Code of Conduct for The Protection of Children and Adolescents from Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism in Costa Rica. In accordance with our agreement to work with the Costa Rican Ministery of Tourism and avoid all forms of prostitution and illegal sexual exploitation we only allow registered guests to enter rooms.
More information can be found at http://www.protegiendoles.org/english.htm
In 2003 the owners of the Hotel Grano de Oro opened Casa Luz, a home for young mothers who have been sexually abused and/or exploited, come from extreme poverty and are at high social risk. The home provides shelter, emotional support, educational and vocational development, Christian spiritual counselling and training in parenting skills.
The young mothers arrive with many needs and the process of helping these girls heal is very labour intensive. There are currently four live-in house mothers, a director, a psychologist, an early childhood development specialist, a school teacher, one nursery worker and a cook, providing 24 hour care and counselling. On average each mother and her children need a minimum of two years in the first stage of fully dependent living at Casa Luz.
The long term goal for these girls is to help them realize they can live socially healthy lives and have a productive future. Unconditional love, acceptance, responsibility and accountability have produced many encouraging results in these young women. Stage Two of the project, which consists of four, two family apartment units across the street from Casa Luz, was opened in January of 2009. This stage of the project provides the young mothers and their children with subsidized housing and support in a semi-independent living environment. This allows the moms who are ready, to move out into the community and workforce while still being closely linked to the support at Casa Luz. The objective is for the moms and their children to remain living here until they are able to be emotionally and financially independent.
For more information visit www.casaluz.org
The Grano de Oro is a member of this non profit organization that protects the Nacional Parks of Costa Rica and educates the public on how they can help. For more information on National Parks please visit ‘Activities’.