"We are not here to curse 

the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us 

through that darkness to a 

safe and sane future."

- John F. Kennedy

At a Glance

We are Saving Hearts Together, a 501(c)(3) organization registered in the USA. 

We believe every child deserves dignity and the right to be free. With therapeutic support and education, children who have been sold and sexually abused will thrive.

Mission:  Saving Hearts Together is restoring the lives of children in Costa Rica who have been removed from the sex trade by providing a live-in program that meets their physical, emotional, psychological, and educational needs.


The Problem

Costa Rica's current government placements rarely have the facilities to provide for the holistic development of a sexually abused child. Most of the time they are simply a place to stay.


72% is the runaway rate of child survivors from safe houses

By the time they are 18, survivors have already gone through various jurisdictions, government agencies and facilities. This fragmentation affects their ability to thrive and often leads to their return to sex work.


Inadequateinefficient & fragmented approaches to victim protection programs

Costa Rica is a global hub for child sex tourism. Extreme poverty is one of the driving forces. 80% of the sex tourists are from the USA and Europe.


One of the leading countries in Child Sex Tourism

 According to the latest US government report, while there is some improvement in Prevention and Prosecution, Protection of victims is highly neglected. This is the major reason why the country is not showing improvement in its rating for the past 7 years.


Costa Rica is rated Tier-II in the Trafficking in Persons Report


The Solution

Our holistic residential program has state of the art inhouse facilities for education, life skills, therapy, vocational training and recreation.

This gives these survivours much-needed love, support and healing to thrive. 


Comprehensive residential program

Turning 18 does not mean a person is ready to face the adult world without support. Our mentors provide guidance, emotional support and temporary financial assistance as needed


 Aftercare rehabilitation 


We provide enriching opportunities for children to discover their interests and talents and develop vocational skills that lead to meaningful work.


Interest-based vocational and life skills education for survivors 

We work with child protection agency staff to increase their knowledge of evidence- based practices that uphold the dignity and wellbeing of children rescued from sexual exploitation thereby reducing the risk of retraumatization.


Advocate, train and support government agencies for running an effective protective 



Our Programs


Our 24-36 month comprehensive residential program for survivors between the ages of 8 and 18, empowers them to heal and acquire skills to thrive.

After Care

Our Program Alumni are supported for 24-36 months to ensure a safe and gradual transition into the community.

Out Reach

We work with gov’ts in CR to advocate and train current best practices against human trafficking.

Above the Clouds
Building Confidence
Building Confidence

5K Race Goal - Completed!
5K Race Goal - Completed!

Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Building Confidence
Building Confidence


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The only way we are able to heal these young girls is with your generosity and kindness. TOGETHER we can save lives. We can’t give them back the innocence that was stolen from them but we can give them a future.

Stop now and donate. 

Give the gift of hope and and help these innocent victims by committing to a monthly donation or a one-time gift.

Each donation DOES make a difference in a girl's life.


 Get Involved 


Partner with Us

We are always looking for partners/supporters in the USA & CostaRica. Please contact us below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Volunteer/Intern with Us

We have volunteer and internship opportunities both in Costa Rica & the USA, many of which can be done remotely. Please contact us below for more details.

Join our Team

We are always looking for passionate individuals to join our team both in Costa Rica & the USA. Please contact us below for more details.

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Our Supporters


Meet the Team


Maria Fejervary


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Brooke Johnson-Roper


Board Member

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Janice Englander Katz


Programs Advisors

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Erin Kristina Lamb


Board Member

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Kenna Haley


Board Member

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Shashi Shekhar


Technical Advisor

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