A REEL DIFFERENCE
Fishermen feeding the hungry.
FISHERMEN FEEDING THE HUNGRY
A REEL DIFFERENCE is a program initiated by Justin DeBoom and Captain Brandon Walton who fish out of Los Sueños Resort & Marina. Watching the economic devastation take hold in the coastal communities of Costa Rica due to Covid and the measures taken to combat the virus, they knew they wanted to help.
Brandon and Justin live in Costa Rica and witnessed the strict measures of the government in its efforts to combat the pandemic. In March, tourism was shut down as Costa Rica’s government stopped all incoming tourism traffic to slow the spread of the virus. Things got tough almost immediately. It was in July, just days before the second full lock-down that Jaco was dealt another blow. They witnessed areas of Jaco suffer extreme flooding with many households losing everything because of these floods. Because of the government restrictions, household goods and clothing had been deemed "not essential" and were outlawed from being purchased. The thought of the economic hardship faced by those who also were suffering from a natural disaster drove Justin and Brandon to seek ways to help. And, being fishermen, they went fishing.
But their vision goes beyond just donating fish. With the donations, they plan to feed more families by utilizing the world-class charter fleet. Supporting these local fishermen who have not had a client since March is another way to improve the lives of all those affected. They also plan to sponsor educational days in the town of Herradura and Jaco to teach children and teens the potential for a better life through work in the fishing world. Finally, they support other local organizations who strive to better our coastal communities through education, cleanup and conservation!
Neighbors Outreach Worldwide (NOW Costa Rica) proud to have adopted the program until its becomes its own charitable entity.
VIDEO: A REEL DIFFERENCE
Justin DeBoom is from Florida, lives in Jaco, Costa Rica, and works for Costa Rican Vacations as a travel agent specializing in sportfishing vacations.
Captain Brandon Walton
Brandon Walton is the captain of "War Party", a 60' Viking whose home port is at Los Sueños Resort & Marina.
WAYS TO HELP
Fishing out of Los Sueños? Donate your catch.
Financial contributions help to pay for fuel costs and charter boats - keeping the sportfishing businesses alive as well as providing much-needed fish.
FEED THE HUNGRY
Thanks to our local partners Horizon Church and Jaco Impact, we are able to put fish on the table for many local people in need.
We are grateful to our partners who help this effort - together we are making a big impact. Our partners Horizon Church and Jaco Impact distribute the fish we catch to local families in need. Fishing Vacations support the cause with direct access to all the charter boats and international tourist interested in donating their catch.