Kids Saving the Rain Forest
About Kids Saving The Rainforest KSTR
Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR) is a non-profit organization founded in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica by two school children, Janine Licare and Aislin Livingstone, and Janine’s mother, Jennifer Rice. In 1998, the girls, at merely 9 years old, sold painted rocks at a roadside table with the hopes of raising enough money to save the rainforests and Titi monkeys of the Manuel Antonio area.
In 1999 the girls’ idea took off when they opened the Kids Saving the Rainforest store, originally located in the corner of the restaurant at Hotel Mono Azul. Today, the successful store not only sells the children’s artwork, but also the work of local artists and craftspeople, KSTR merchandise, and serves as an information source about the organization and environmental issues. KSTR receives 100% of the profits from all of the sales.
Since 1999, KSTR has expanded its mission. Through a number of projects, we hope to educate children about the rainforest, preserve local rainforest land, rehabilitate baby and injured animals, have a wildlife sanctuary for animals that can never be released into the wild, and insure the survival of the endangered Titi monkeys.