The World Letter has already visited 3 continents, and more than 30 cities (or villages) around the world! In Central America, it has been to Mexico, Costa Rica, and Panama. Embark on the journey, from the streets of Tepito, Mexico City, to the indigenous tribe Ngäbe in Bocas Del Toro, Panama…
La Carpio, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA
La Carpio is one of the poorest areas of Costa Rica. It is geographically secluded from the rest of San José, the capital city, by a valley, and considered a very dangerous neighborhood due to its high crime rate. I was able to bring The World Letter to La Carpio thanks to the local organization SIFAIS.
About the organization: SIFAIS promotes self-advancement and social integration through artistic and athletic educational programs, with social inclusion as the main goal.
Photos: Mariam Wo Ching
SAN MATEO TLALTENANGO, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
San Mateo is a neighborhood south west of Mexico City, up in the mountains. We brought The World Letter to the local kids, as a collaboration with the Mexican organization Arte Pro, whose mission is to empower children born in prison and other vulnerable situations through practicing art and mindfulness.
isla popa dos, Bocas del toro, panama
Popa Dos is a small island of the Bocas del Toro archipelago in Panama, and home to the indigenous tribe Ngäbe-Buglé., I collaborated with the local organization The Darklands Foundation, who helped me bring the letter to …
About the foundation: The Darkands Foundation aims to preserve the rainforest of Bocas del Toro by helping and supporting the people responsible for maintaining the forest ecosystem - the Ngäbe.
TEPITO, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Tepito is an area of Mexico City famously known as the "Barrio Bravo”, or fierce neighborhood. Both a commercial space (it is home to one of the largest informal markets in the city), as well as a highly populated residential area, Tepito has the reputation of being the most dangerous neighborhood in Mexico City. I collaborated with the amazing local organization Fundación Renacimiento, who helped me bring the Letter there!
Photos: Aaron Sanchez
Puerto Viejo, LIMON, costa rica
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a town in southeast Costa Rica, on the Caribbean coast. It’s known for the its beautiful beaches and incredible surf spots. In collaboration with the local organization Planet Conservation, we were able to bring The World Letter to… a beach, for the first time!
About Planet Conservation: the organization works in environmental education, promotes a greener lifestyle with the locals. Their initiatives such as the “Environmental Kids Club” or the “Caribe Libre De Plasitco (Caribbean - plastic free)” aom to inspire people to take action for a cleaner environment.
Special thanks to Hotel Aguas Claras for your help.
Photos by Gary Zambrano
People I have met along the road…
Bocas Del Toro, Panama