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Title: Presentation for the American Chamber of Commerce


1
Making a Difference
The Casa Luz Story
  • Presentation for the American Chamber of Commerce
    Costa Rica
  • October 15, 2009

2
Todays Presentation
  • Presenters
  • Eldon Cooke Founder/Board Member of Casa Luz
    and owner of Hotel Grano de Oro
  • Marianela Chaves Executive Director of Casa Luz
  • Dr. Gary Pletcher Director, Global Business
    Social Justice Institute at St. Edward's
    University in Austin, Texas

3
Todays Presentation
  • The Problem
  • The Solution the founding of Casa Luz
  • Casa Luz current operations and future plans
  • What people are saying about us
  • The need

4
The Problem
  • 41 of births in Costa Rica are to single mothers
  • In 2005, a government agency (PANI) reported that
    over 17,000 of these mothers are adolescents
    girls ranging from 12 to 18 years old. Many of
    these adolescents were forced into prostitution
  • Most of the child prostitutes in Costa Rica begin
    before their 12th birthday and 82 were sexually
    abused at home before turning to prostitution.
  • UNICEF report

5
Founding
  • Founded in 2003 by Eldon and Lori Cooke
  • Used personal funds to establish the center
  • Provides a safe haven for teenage women who have
    been victims of sexual abuse and exploitation

6
the house of light
Mission
  • To break the cycle of abuse and exploitation of
    children
  • To provide a safe haven and a loving Christian
    environment for adolescent mothers and their
    children
  • To offer physical, emotional, and spiritual
    support, as well as education in parental and
    vocational skills
  • To ensure the successful transition of young
    families to productive independence

7
The House of Light
  • Phase I - Learning self worth in a fully assisted
    living environment
  • Phase II - Learning independence in a
    semi-independent environment
  • Ultimate goal Fully independent living

8
The House of Light
Phase I Learning self worth
  • 15 single family rooms under one roof
  • A large, common area, a kitchen, classrooms,
    nursery, play area, daycare, and laundry facility
  • Professional staff
  • Director
  • Social worker
  • Psychologist
  • Two teachers (including special education)
  • 24 hour support for the families

9
The House of Light
Phase II Learning independence
  • Across the street from Phase I
  • Two families live in a two bedroom
    semi-independent apartment
  • Four apartments already built and more are
    planned
  • Need additional funds to complete

10
The House of Light
Whats Coming
  • Continue construction of Phase II apartments
  • Continue to implement specialized computer
    training programs that will help the mothers to
    gain professional working skills
  • Introduction of a cottage industry to improve
    self-esteem and job skills
  • The construction of a daycare facility with
    social and classroom space for Casa Luz families
    and the community

11
The House of Light
My Casa Luz experience
12
The House of Light
  • Claudia (Resident)
  • The Cookes (Casa Luz Founders) have given me
    the opportunity to study and learn and leave this
    shelter further educated and better prepared as
    an individual to face lifeI truly enjoy
    learning...

13
The House of Light
Anita (Staff Member)   One of my greatest
accomplishments and satisfaction was my
involvement in helping a young child who has
cerebral palsy...I assisted with his overall
health and it has been a very rewarding
experience for me and has taught me to love life
and feel a sense of satisfaction.
14
The House of Light
  • Katherine (Phase Two Resident)
  • my experience at Casa Luz was very difficult
    overall but very important to meI learned how to
    love myself as a person and was introduced to a
    spiritual lifestyle through GodThanks to God and
    Casa Luz, I am a better person and more
    responsible individualI truly want to thank the
    Cookes, Casa Luz, and all its staff for their
    help and support.

15
The House of Light
Current Sources of Funding and Support
  • Costa Rica Department of Children Services (PANI)
  • The Council of Social Protection (JPS) 
  • Hotel Grano de Oro
  • Small Distinctive Hotels of Costa Rica
  • La Republica
  • Samaritans Purse of Canada
  • Alumni and friends of St. Edwards University
  • Rockpointe Church (Alberta, Canada)
  • Family and friends of the Founders
  • Personal donations from the Founders
  • The Founders contribute 76 of annual operating
    funds

16
The House of Light
The Need

Current Funding Level
Projected Expenses for the next 3 years
17
The House of Light
Why Support Casa Luz?
  • Unique One of three non-profit organizations of
    this kind recognized and supported by Patronato
    Nacional De La Infancia (PANI)
  • Specialized Casa Luz provides the most
    comprehensive programming for both adolescent
    mothers and their children to break the cycle of
    poverty and abuse.

18
The House of Light
Why Support Casa Luz?
  • Efficient Lean operation - 81 of funds donated
    for operations go towards providing specific
    programs for the mothers
  • Committed Casa Luz is committed to ensuring the
    best care for those who have been assigned under
    their guardianship

19
Why your support is important
  • A generous donation of 5,000 would provide an
    apartment for two families for 1 year

20
Why your support is important
  • Donations
  • 6,000 yr
  • 7,200 yr
  • Provides
  • Clothing and medical expenses for 10 mothers
    children for 1 year
  • Education services for 10 mothers children for
    1 year
  • Repair and maintenance of living facilities for
    5mothers children for 1 year
  • Food for 5 mothers children for almost 4 weeks

21
Other donations
  • Time Volunteers either onsite or offsite to
    assist with mother, children, facility
  • Resources Computers, education computer
    programs
  • Supplies School supplies, clothing, food,
    building materials, household items
  • Training Volunteers to train mothers and/or
    children in various trades and skills

22
the house of light
Visit us at www.casaluz.org
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THANK YOU
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