Tres Ríos is a district in the San José province with a population of 10,884. Tres Ríos is known worldwide for their distinct and unique coffee flavour. It is one of eight coffee producing regions in Costa Rica. Some of the land had been lost to urban growth in the metropolitan area of the capital city of San José.
The Central Region, where Tres Rios is located, has some of the lowest levels of poverty in Costa Rica. However 18% of the population lives in poverty in the region.
Since 1975, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Tres Rios.
In Costa Rica’s Central Region, where Tres Rios is located, around 18% of people live in poverty.
Households headed by single mothers are more likely to live in poverty. The majority of single parent households in Costa Rica are headed by women.
In most cases, single mothers earn low wages, work part time or find it hard to find a job.
Poverty affects nutrition, which in turn has a negative impact on children’s development and even ability to learn in school.
Around 40% of children and young people experience physical punishment in Costa Rica.
Girls are more likely to be victimized than boys. Violence includes bullying, corporal punishment and murder.
In 2020, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child were especially concerned that 15% of adolescent girls were murdered. The Committee called on Costa Rica to crack down on sexual and domestic violence.