Several Kansas University faculty members, citing KU's close connections with Costa Rica, have joined in an appeal for local contributions to aid earthquake relief efforts in that Central American nation.
KU anthropology professor John Hoopes, who conducts research in Costa Rica, said, "Given KU's strong association with the University of Costa Rica and all they have done for our students for more than 30 years, there's a very strong feeling at KU that we should help out our colleagues in Costa Rica.''
A major earthquake struck the nation April 22.
Hoopes said the group of faculty interested in the local relief effort determined that the most efficient process for getting aid to Costa Rica is to give donations directly to the local Red Cross office and note on checks that it is for Costa Rican relief. Those donations will go to the Costa Rican Red Cross and will have an immediate impact, Hoopes said.
The local Red Cross office is at 115 W. 11th.
Hoopes said there is no goal or timeframe for giving, but said the sooner aid reaches there, the better. The Red Cross in Costa Rica, Hoopes said, is providing food and shelter for people left homeless by the earthquake.
KU has had an exchange program with the University of Costa Rica for more than 30 years.