Programs

Find out more about the various programs you can sponsor

After-school program

Children and teenagers are taught weekly by volunteers and staff in 17 villages: English language, computer instruction, arts and crafts, swimming, martial arts, surfing, soccer, dance, yoga, kids' club, girls’ club, etc. Weekly a total of 500 children benefit from these classes. In January and in July Summer Camp is organized for 100 children daily.

Early Intervention center

35 children age 6-13 living in high-risk situations (extreme poverty, family conflicts, violent neighborhood, etc.) are receiving daily integrated support (emotional, academic, physical-nutritional) at the center between 7 am and 5 pm outside their 4 hour time spend in public school. Program financed by PANI (national Child Protection agency).

Psychology and Education

CEPIA staff provides weekly psychological and educational counseling to children that were referred by teachers, parents, and others. Our professionals offer support to victims of sexual abuse, physical and emotional maltreatment, and commercial sexual exploitation, through 800 sessions a year. Volunteers and staff also organize workshops about gender violence, bullying, drug addiction and alcoholism, sexual education, etc. for hundreds of youngsters.

Youth entrepreneurs and creatives

High-risk youth (teenagers excluded from school, living in the street, in poverty, prostitution, pregnancy, with family problems) participate weekly in a program that consists of English classes, Computer instruction, cultural activities, volunteering, teamwork, psychological counseling, educational and material support. Every year 20 teenagers participate in this intensive program to promote their empowerment and autonomy in the future. The teens that finished the program return mostly to formal education or training. In total, 120 young people receive today follow-up from CEPIA staff, which means our staff and volunteers have strong knowledge about the challenges teens face and the individual and social dynamics of this generational group.

Care for children in poverty

Volunteers and staff visit families that ask for help. 11 mothers and their children living in extreme poverty have been selected yearly to participate in the integrated women’s empowerment program: receive weekly support (food, clothes, furniture, school necessities, etc.), participate in trainings, workshops and volunteering, meet monthly. In addition, the participants are helped in finding a job and in seeking governmental help of housing, medical care, etc. At Christmas, 160 families receive food, toys, school supplies and school uniforms.

Professional Training & Continuous Education

CEPIA offers training and courses to 600 people (older than 15), such as beauty care, English, yoga, cooking, surf instructors, bartending, pool maintenance, entrepreneurship, administrative assistant, etc. Some of these training programs are developed in collaboration with the National Apprentice Institute (INA). At night, the community center is used by the program Open Education (6th to 11th grade) of the Ministry of Education.

Daycare

CEPIA opened a daycare in the Community Center where infants, whose mothers have a low income and work or study, receive preschool education. Beneficiaries: 30 boys and girls between 2 and 6 years, from 7 am - 4 pm. Financed by PANI and IMAS.

Scholarships

CEPIA offers every year a package of school supplies and school uniform to 650 children and teenagers. Some children receive a scholarship for school, high school or even university thanks to the individual donors.

Environment

CEPIA realizes projects of reforestation and cleaning of schools, beaches, and streets in collaboration with other organizations, businesses, and public institutes. Environmental education, recycling, and environmental friendly actions are part of everyday life at CEPIA and part of every activity, course or project.

Culture and Community

Monthly Movie nights and educational talks for the community (about the environment, education of children, etc.) to improve education and social cohesion.

Library & Smart Community Center

The library in the CEPIA center daily lends books and didactic materials as well as computers for free use.

Legal orientation

Consultants for public law are offered to issues of labor rights, women's rights and property procedures including legal advice.

Social Business

The community center incorporates social companies within the center, as mechanisms of self-financing and vocational training centers for participants and beneficiaries:

  • Mini Shop CEPIA: Second-hand clothes of the women's group
  • CEPIA Restaurant: authentic dining experience in Guanacaste
  • Going Local: a volunteer experience for tourists. Huacas Cultural Community tour by young adults from the village

Vida Mujer Project

As a way to fight poverty, CEPIA attacks one of the causes of the problem. The organization offers women copper intrauterine devices, or IUDs and provides the necessary information and medical background to encourage women to use this cost-efficient method for birth control.

The project has reached government interest at a country level, so it also has the support of the Costa Rica government and it is spreading to other areas of the country.

See the video explaining the details ->

Partners & Associations in Close Collaboration

Governmental:

  • PANI (National Organization on Infancy): CEPIA identifies and accompanies children and their families in the process of information, counseling and reporting abuse and violence. In addition, CEPIA finances some necessities of the shelter in Santa Cruz.
  • Ministry of Public Education (MEP): CEPIA received permission to work in the schools and with the teachers. CEPIA also works with the MEP to improve teachers’ training and basic and higher education.
  • Associations of Integral Development (ADI): CEPIA collaborates with the association of every village to improve health conditions and infrastructure for children and teenagers.
  • Public Force: CEPIA and the Public Force of the villages collaborate in situations of violence, crisis, and school desertion. CEPIA organizes trainings for officials from the Public Force.
  • INA: collaborations on matters of education and professional formation for teenagers and adults.
  • Ministerio de Ciencia, tecnología y telecomunicaciones
  • National Women’s Institute (INAMU)
  • Ministerio de Salud, CCSS & Clínicas EBAIS (Health Ministry)
  • UNED (Distance University)
  • Ministerio de Justicia y Paz
  • Ministerio de seguridad, OIJ
  • Ministerio de Bienestar social y familia; IMAS (Instituto mixto de ayuda social)
  • IAFA
  • Universidad Libre de Costa Rica
  • Cuerpo de Paz / Peacecorps USA
  • Consul de Nicaragua (en Liberia)

Civil Society:

  • Asoc. Banco de Alimentos
  • Centro Civico para la paz, Santa Cruz
  • Fundación Acción Joven
  • Fundación CRUSA International
  • CRIA
  • Asociación Abriendo Mentes
  • Escuela comunal La Paz
  • Colegio Católico Huacas
  • Do it Foundation
  • Asociacion Salvemonos
  • Nutrivida
  • Fundación CALI
  • Paul Chester Children's Hope Foundation
  • Fundacion Futuro Brillante

Private companies donating technical training in projects:

CEK, Neptuno Surf School, Kelly's, Frijoles Locos, Witch's Rock Surf Camp, Beachside Clinic, Optica Huacas, Hospital Clinica San Rafael Arcangel, Movistar, Hotel Luna Llena, TIDE academy, Colores del Pacifico, AVOTZ, Oceanconnect Diving Center, Hotel Westin, Hotel Selina, etc.

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