CEPIA (Culture, Education, and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents) is a Costa Rican non-profit organization that seeks to promote culture, health, sports and education for children and teenagers from low-income families in the coastal communities of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Many children and teenagers in our villages have no access to cultural and recreational activities; schools are poorly equipped and have little staff. Computer and English instruction are almost not available although the area is marked by an important economic development (tourism). Lots of children and women live in poverty, are victims of violence, live in difficult family situations. The main problems for youth in Guanacaste are teenage pregnancy, domestic violence, drug abuse, unemployment, and the lack of counseling, prevention, and health promotion.

The organization CEPIA offers these children and teenagers better opportunities through free cultural and educational activities, nutritional and psychological support as well as through collaborations with local schools and many organizations and public institutions. CEPIA implements educational initiatives such as computer classes, English classes, and professional training. CEPIA spearheaded the area’s first public library. The organization educates youth about rights, substance abuse, and violence, while at the same time providing psychological guidance for children who live in unhealthy or abusive environments.

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