About Our Organization

CEPIA is a nationally accredited non-profit organization that seeks to promote culture, health, sports and education for children and teenagers and their families from poor backgrounds in the communities of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

CEPIA helps more than

0

children & adolescents

We are active in

0

Guanacaste communities

School supplies & uniforms for

230

kids living in poverty

Arts & sports programs for

5

children and teenagers

Psychological counseling for

50

children at social risk

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Guanacaste is the second poorest province of Costa Rica. Poverty reached 22% of all households, 6% of them were extremely poor. Women are mostly single mothers with several children. Fathers mostly do not support the kids responsibly or have very low-income jobs. Women have often been victims of violence in their lives, as well as their children. Some children have been neglected emotionally, socially or suffered malnutrition in childhood. Too many girls have been abused or are touched inappropriately and 25% of teenage girls are pregnant. 40% of youth don’t finish high school.

We cover 18 communities within our area of influence: from Potrero along the coast to San José de Pinilla in the south, and from 27 de Abril to Lorena up north.

How We Help

CEPIA helps children by offering them educational opportunities such as informatics, reading, math, English, social skills, sports, arts and more. We also provide nutritional support, legal support, medical and psychological care, as well as working with their parents.

CEPIA staff provides weekly psychological and educational counseling to children that were referred by teachers, parents, and others.

CEPIA has weekly medical clinic in our center for all the community so they can control overall health, vaccination and other health programs.

CEPIA offers women copper intrauterine devices or IUDs and encourages women to use this cost-efficient method for birth control.

35 children living in high-risk situations (extreme poverty, family conflicts, violent neighborhood) receive daily support.

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We have specific programs for children, teenagers, and women in our communities, and some are expanding countrywide.

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