Written by Alexandra Carelli / Photography by Jonathan Katzenberg
Here at Abriendo Mentes, we spend a lot of time preparing the youth of Playa Potrero for the future. We teach them the language, skills, and concepts that will allow them to propel themselves into the developed world, and leave their lives of poverty and discomfort behind. However, quite often when communities are rapidly industrialized, trademark ties to the traditional culture are completely lost. Songs, recipes, clothing, and dances that have been a hallmark of the community for generations are dissolved into a new culture of ipods, skinny jeans, and cell phones. The youth become distracted by their new access to the greater globe, and no longer have an interest in learning the secrets and trades of their elders.
This problem is something that we, as an organization, have a deep appreciation and awareness of. We see the differences in the lives of the grandparents and grandchildren, and while we recognize that many of these changes are positive, some are certainly a sad movement aware from the beautiful, traditional culture. As we move forward in assisting in the development of this rural community, we want to insure that the traditional Costa Rican culture moves forward with us.