International Ministries

Women Forging New Paths in Costa Rica

This project seeks to raise $5,830 to provide 30 scholarships for women in Costa Rica to take the two basic courses, Being a Woman is Wonderful and Healthy Relationships, over the course of a year.

Goal: 30 scholarships for women ($5,830)

About this Mission Project

Although Costa Rica looks like a tourist paradise, many women there live with social and domestic violence, filled with frustration and desperation.

Carmen is 50 years old and married with three adult children. She has been around domestic violence all her life: first by watching her parents, and then experiencing abuse at the hands of her husband and children. She felt there were no options and she never told anyone at church, though she is an active member.

Carmen took two courses, which strengthened her self-esteem as she learned that she was not alone and that she did have options. As a result, she began taking GED classes, filed a police complaint against her abusers and now motivates other women in her church to forge new life paths.

A gift of $65 will provide a partial scholarship for 1 course. $130 provides a full scholarship for 2 basic classes. $260 provides 2 full scholarships.


Mission Project Specifics

This project seeks to raise $5,830 to provide 30 scholarships for women in Costa Rica to take the two basic courses, “Being a Woman is Wonderful” and “Healthy Relationships,” over the course of a year. The purpose of the project is to provide training from a liberating Christian perspective for 30 women in marginal areas.

This project will be managed by IM missionary Sue Hegarty and by Rebeca Cascante, coordinator of Pastoral Care for Women in Costa Rica. It is anticipated that this project will improve the women’s self-esteem and promote healthy relationships in their families and communities.


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Rebeca Cascante (right), Coordinator of Pastoral Care for Women in Costa Rica, works with a student, helping her understand her reality and her options for change. The two basic courses help women see their worth in God´s eyes, look at strategies for making changes and study the elements of healthy relationships.