The van der Wielen-Paskel family has been conscious of our social responsibility since we became active in the hotel business in 1965; the expression has become popular years later.
We created our first “ASOCIACIÓN SOLIDARISTA” (similar to what is known in the US as Credit Union) in the late sixties, in the Amstel Hotel; it is one of the pillars of any business we are involved in.
In 1980 we were one of the founders of the “HOGAR INFANTIL de SANTO DOMINGO” and participated in building a center for local art in Río Azul. We also helped obtain financial help to build a similar center in Boruca, for indigenous art.
In recent years, we have participated in the restoration of the Pipe Organ in the Basílica de Santo Domingo; we have built ten classrooms in the Santo Tomás elementary school, (our neighbors), we have made donations to the local Red Cross, to the Children´s Hospital, the Hogar Infantil de Santo Domingo, the Hogar María in Santo Domingo for the elderly, ANAMPE for special attention adults, etc. We also offer office space to DEBRA de Costa RICA.
To comply with the requirements of the Social Responsibility and the Certification of Tourism Sustainability program, we now keep records of all our Social Responsibility actions.
We created the FUNDACIÓN BOUGAINVILLEA, in order to manage our social responsibility programs, such as giving economical support to elementary school children from poor families, in 2013.
There are six organizations under the umbrella of the FUNDACION BOUGAINVILLEA; we hope to be able to help 10 organizations in the next five years.
We ask our guests for a voluntary donation of $1.00 to help with our social responsibility programs.
Fundación Debra de Costa Rica
The “Fundación Debra de Costa Rica” is a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to raising awareness of the skin disease called Epidermolisis Bullosa (EB), and promoting education and investigation of EB, and giving support and treatment to families of children affected by EB.
Asociación Hogar Infantil Santo Domingo
The Asociación Hogar Infantil Santo Domingo is a private, not-for-profit and non- governmental organization, created in 1980. Its aim is to provide a home to children in social risk, and functions as a transitory home for children referred by the Costa Rican Child Care Department.
Asociación Casa de Pan
The Hogar Casa de Pan was created by Mr. Victor Guzmán and Mrs. Melba Jiménez, about thirty five years ago. When one of their children was cured of a serious illness, they decided to dedicate their lives to caring for children and young adults in social risk.
Some 95 children have lived with them during these years, many of them professionals now, married and with their own children.
They had a home in Cartago for many years, and since December 2012 they have moved to a donated house in La Florida de Tibás, where they have more space for the 42 children living with them at the moment.
Asociación de Transplante Renal Infantil
Some five years ago, Jessica Barahona and Marianela Castillo , mothers of children that have had a kidney transplant, decided to create the Association ATRI, to raise funds to help families of children who have had a transplant, since the care of the mentioned children has a high cost, and many of these children come from poor families.
Asociación Nacional de Atención Múltiple para Personas Excepcionales
This Association was created in 2001, and their aim is to help families with “special care” young adults. At the day care center, the purpose is giving them support in education to enable them to be an active part within the community of Santo Domingo.
Fundación Clínica del Dolor y Cuidados Paliativos de Santo Domingo de Heredia
Created on February 9, 2009 by 33 associates.
Its aim is to raise funds for the Pain Management Clinic, in order for them to offer services for terminal patients and for others who suffer chronic pain.
As soon as it is economically possible, the necessary equipment will be acquired to offer home assistance to such patients.