costa rica

ICCM Costa Rica operated from 1991-1997 and reopened in 2017. The community of La Loma, where the new project is located, is a community of over 400 homes and 300 children in elementary school. The area has a history of some drug activity and domestic issues. Many children in the community of our Free Methodist Church in Costa Rica play in the streets. The ICCM Uno+ (Uno Más) after-school program encourages the children and assists them in their studies with tutoring, enriching and supplementing their education by offering art, English and other classes. The project also teaches them developmental and interpersonal skills, from ABC’s to being good friends, sharing, taking turns as well as values like honestly, integrity and trust. But most importantly, the project shares the gospel and gives the children a chance to respond to it, learn from God’s Word, and know that they are loved dearly. ICCM helps the kids find constructive activities to take part in and develops the next generation in order to positively influence their community.

stories from costa rica

facts about costa rica

Languages: Spanish (official), English

Religions: Roman Catholic 76.3%, Evangelical 13.7%, Jehovah’s Witness 1.3%, other Protestant 0.7%, other 4.8%, none 3.2%

Population: 4,930,258 (July 2017 est.)

Median Age: 31.3 years (2017 est.)

Literacy: (age 15 and over can read and write) Total: 97.8%, Male: 97.7%, Female: 97.8% (2015 est.)

School life expectancy: – Total: 15 years, Male: 15 years, Female: 16 years (2015)

Percentage below poverty level 21.7% (2014 est.)