What is CEPIA?

CEPIA stands for Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents and is a Costa Rican 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. We’ve been active since 2005.



Poverty, violence, school drop outs, health problems, unemployment… all of these are an every day reality for thousands of children and families in Guanacaste. CEPIA supports 800 children and teenagers, and 600 adults from poor backgrounds yearly, through after-school programs, psychological help for victims, legal counseling, educational projects for high-risk youth, professional trainings, medical care, food banks, free computer access and a library. CEPIA received the French-German Prize of Human Rights 2012 in Costa Rica. Our founder and vice president Laetitia Deweer is selected as a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI), a branch of the Aspen Institute. In August 2014, CEPIA built the Integrated Community Center, a model for community development, and human capital development.

CEPIA ’s board of directors, staff, volunteers and participants deeply thank the people, businesses and governmental institutions that support our work!

Want to Volunteer?

We need all the help that we can get, and would greatly appreciate any time that you can give us.