Yarley was born and raised in the village of Ojochal, in southern Costa Rica. Describing herself as a “positive person who loves helping other people”, Yarly is currently enrolled at university studying Physical Therapy. Yarly aims to complete her studies and open a physiotherapy clinic for newborn and young children in South Costa Rica. Her interests include swimming, reading, and cycling, she loves to eat seafood, and her favourite books include Paulo Coelno’s The Alchemist.
In Her Own Words...
"Yarly Marin was born on February 11, 1990, in Ojochal de Osa, Puntarenas, which is located in the south of Costa Rica. Yarly is currently studying physical therapy with a focus on newborns and young children.
Her personal mission in life is to establish the first rehabilitation clinic for children in the south of Costa Rica. The nearest rehabilitation clinic for children is 4-6 hours away in the capital, San Jose. For children injured in an accident or at birth, this distance has a critical impact on their ability to seek treatment. The majority of the population in the south of Costa Rica is low income and so they are unable to afford the time off work and the cost of travel it would require to provide their children with access to adequate rehabilitation. Without access to treatment, the impact on a child’s health and potential can be lifelong. Many children become permanently disabled, needlessly, and as a result they no longer see themselves as capable of living a “normal” life.
Yarly believes that if you want something to change in your community, you must take responsibility for changing it yourself. She is committed to honing her skills and completing her degree so that she can be one step closer to her vision, which is to enable these children to have the best possible chance at a normal, healthy life."