Costa Rica Literacy Global Grant Awarded to Club for $61,910

We are excited about the opportunity to develop a Rotary International education project with our Rotary friends in Costa Rica and partners in the Richmond, Va. area through a District 7600/Rotary Foundation Global Grant.   Participants include:

Rotary (Host) Club San Pedro Curridibat (Costa Rica) -President Gerardo Lorenzen

Rotary Club of Richmond (International Club) -President Kelly Keene

Rotary Club of South Richmond  -President John O’Reilly

Rotary Club of James River  -President William Mulvihill II

Rotary Club of Huguenot Trails  -President Julie Franklin

Costa Rica Ministry of Education -English Program Adviser, Paula Artavia



1)       Donate simple 10,000 English reading educational books to elementary level schools, in the Costa Rica Occidente community to be used by children;

2)      Deliver books to over 20 schools and up to 4000 students

3)      Provide training workshops for 50 teachers and school librarians in the use of the books for children and best practices

4)      Measure/report what improvements occurred as a result of the Give-A-Book program at respective schools


 Mr. Carl Dickerson the founder of the Give-A-Book Foundation and a Rotarian, initially contacted Mike Little, then President of the Rotary Club of Richmond in 2016-17 to consider partnering with Give-A-Book to grow the program in the U.S. and Costa Rica.  The primary aim of the program is to provide early school aged children English books to improve their reading skills. The program was initially set up in elementary school programs in the U.S. and is now established in Costa Rica  See: 

The program is aligned with the Costa Rica elementary school curriculum with the intent to improve English speaking skill as students will be better prepared for jobs in the nations’s tourist industry and furthering their early school education. Costa Rica is a Central America country with a population of approximately five million people.

In the fall of 2016, President Mike asked two Rotary Club of Richmond members, E.M. Miller and John Delandro to visit the "Escuela de San Pedro de Jicaral" elementary school in the Nicoya Peninsula of Cost Rica.  Once there they met with teachers, students and Peace Corps volunteers and reported back to the Club about the educational needs of the school.  After that visit, the Richmond Club's Board of Directors approved a check for $900 for books for the Jicaral school.  Photo's above show the children and instructor with those books.

In March 2017, President Mike, and Past President and District Asst. Governor Jeanne Walls, visited the Jicaral school bringing additional books.  They also met with Gerardo Lorenzen then President of the the San Pedro Curridibat Club in San Jose to pursue a Rotary International Global Grant.  In March 2018 Mike Little met with Occidente School District, and Costa Rica Ministry of Education personnel to assess community needs and to finalize the grant application with San Pedro Curridibat club officers.

Subsequent trips will be made to Costa Rica in March 2019 to deliver books and monitor the grant. For more information contact Mike Little, Chair of the Club International Committee and grant writer at