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Monday, March 24, 2008

A Member of our Community Needs Your Help - Olga

2008  -  TAKEN CARE OF


Patrons and friends seek to help mother of well-known Santa Ana worker

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff http://www.AMCostaRica.com

Olga Efimenko moved to Costa Rica from Russia about eight years ago and lived with her 86-year-old mother in Santa Ana, according to a coworker. But Saturday a fire left all her hard work in ashes and inflicted severe burns on her mother.

Maria Paula, Ms. Efimenko's mother, heard the family's German shepherd, Rocky, barking Saturday morning and opened the bedroom door, according to friend Joanne Loewen. A curtain of flames rushed at her, and she tried in vain to fight the fire with a garden hose, said Ms. Loewen. Instead, Maria suffered burns to 50 percent of her body, according to Alonso Umaña Calzada, a fireman based in Santa Ana. As for the house, there is nothing left. Even the steel structure melted, said Ms. Loewen.

The house fire is speculated to have started from an electrical problem, but the case is still being investigated, reported Umaña Sunday evening.
Ms. Efimenko, has been a beloved waitress at Rock & Roll Pollo in Santa Ana for two years. Coworkers describe her as friendly and kind. “We all love her a lot, and so do the clients,” said Lina Carrero Congote, a fellow worker.

“She is very special to us and always cares for everyone above herself.” Before that she worked nearby in another establishment frequented by expats.

Ms. Loewen, decided to start a fund when she found out what happened. After a beach trip, Ms. Loewen planned to meet Ms. Efimenko at her house. When she saw the damage and heard what happened she began to spread the news and raise funds. Today, Ms. Loewen will set up a bank account and give the number to friends of Ms. Efimenko. She will also hang up posters and donation boxes in local restaurants.

By noon on Sunday she had already received $300, she said. The money will go to pay medical bills and provide an existence, she said. Ms. Efimenko's mother has a 60 percent chance of survival, said Ms. Loewen.



I JUST hung up with Bill Russi (the owner of Rock and Roll Pollo) who said he will be hosting a BENEFIT to help raise MUCH NEEDED funds for Olga (a WONDERFUL GAL/his employee with such a SUNNY personality!!) and her mom after their fire and to help with her mom's recovering.

WHEN: Sun. March 30 - 2pm till ??

WHERE: Rock and Roll Pollo - Santa Ana (see detailed directions below)

WHAT: FREE food (NO host bar though), LIVE Music and a RAFFLE (PLEASE be generous with buying tickets or at least making some sort of donation [don't just mooch!! That's my comment, not Bills]).

Speaking of Raffles, do you have ANYTHING to gift/donate? Got any gifts that someone else gave you that you do not use/care for (pay it forward and put it to GOOD use, not just hidden in the closet!!). No matter how big or small I am sure it will be greatly appreciated and it betters all of our chances of winning something!!!

You can email Bill at willbill@racsa. co. cr (all run together) or call him at 8-848-3003*

DIRECTIONS: (20 min. SW of San Jose)
From Escazu - Going down the windy hill/Calle Viejo/the Old Road - pass El Escribo (the restaurant with LOTS of people dancing at night on the left!) - about 300 mts. West (200 mts after you’re on the flatland, 200 mts West of Plaza Intigua [they have a day spa]) . If you hit Ceviche del Rey (300 meters - where the road splits into one-ways) - you’ve gone too far.

From Santa Ana - 1km East of Cruz Roja - about 300 meters after the street merges from being a one way (East-bound) to both ways.

OFF THE PISTA/HIGHWAY: Get off at the Santa Ana/Airport Exit. Turn Left/South at the exit/light. At the end of the road (where the Red Cross/Cruz Rojo is) turn Left onto the second street (a one-way street heading Left/East) passing through Santa Ana Centro, 1km past the Cruz Roja.

Sharing their parking lot is a little store called Mimbres selling wicker furniture.

The sign is pretty small with a BIG YELLOW Imperial sign on top.

(I'm giving ALL these details because it's quite easy to pass it by).


*If you would like to donate something and do not have time to get it to RRP in time but can make it to Escazu ON Calle Vieja near Calle Country Club (an easy bus ride from the CocaCola building) - you can bring it my place and I will get it to them by Sun. Contact me at 8-378-6679 orLivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com - Vicki

DONATIONS CAN BE MADE AT: Banco de San José in account number 907-556-004


Anil said...

A very humane attempt. The humane nature of Costa Ricans like love for children was known to me thru costaricahq.org

Sissi said...

I have to agree with Anil, the love of the human race is shown thru the Costa Rican community. They are a tight knit group and was also revealed in Costaricahq. it was revealed to me how much strength and resolve there is in such a small but wonderful area. I hope to vacation there soon where i can personally experience this community feel.

Anonymous said...

A very rare post. After going through this post i resloved to make a visit to Costa Rica. Visiting Maquengue is high on my agenda.Its a true paradise on earth. To know more about this place go to costaricahq.org . It is filled with real life experiences.