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
children & adolescents
We are active in
School supplies & uniforms for
kids living in poverty
Arts & sports programs for
children and teenagers
Psychological counseling for
children at social risk
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.