IOM and the Municipality of San José inaugurate a children's playground in the community of Barrio Cuba

Costa Rica
10 November, 2020

On November 9, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Costa Rica, together with the Municipality of San José and the Association for the Integral Development of Barrio Cuba (ADI), inaugurated the recreational park for children "La Esperanza", located in the southern sector of the El Pochote community in Barrio Cuba, San José.


Within the framework of the Western Hemisphere Program, financed by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), IOM Costa Rica promotes social integration through a recreational environment among the migrants and nationals who live in the Pochote community in Barrio Cuba by rehabilitating this community space.


The La Esperanza recreational park has been designed and constructed jointly by ADI Barrio Cuba, IOM and the Municipality of San José. The works consisted in the rehabilitation of the micro courts as a safe space for boys and girls 1 to 10 years old, as well as for their caretakers, through the installation of a renewed security perimeter, security protection in each access in front of the public street, solar illumination, internal benches and free games aimed at reinforcing independence, creativity and social relations.


In this regard, Johnny Araya, mayor of San José, indicated that "strategic alliances like this one strengthen the vision of the capital as a city that should be a meeting point and a space for social inclusion, for all people, with special emphasis on children".


"These community stabilization initiatives come to create and strengthen social cohesion, promoting essential actions for the socioeconomic development of migrants and their host communities in Costa Rica," said Francisco Furlani, Officer in Charge of IOM Costa Rica.


All these actions seek to strengthen community coexistence between Costa Ricans and migrants, promoting a culture of peace, and build a strategy for violence prevention, through the recovery of spaces for community use.


More Information: Allen Ulloa, IOM Costa Rica Press:, +(506) 83184442