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Newsletter

July - September 2013

 

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CEPIA Costa Rica

Huacas de Santa Cruz
300m oeste del cruce de Huacas
Guanacaste
Costa Rica

FOR A BETTER FUTURE

The San Diego State University volunteers at CEPIA worked with the Teenagers' Committee of Huacas on a community clean up. The clean up took place on Saturday July 13 and began at CEPIA and went towards the Huacas intersection, the cemetery, the Plaza and Camaco Construction. The community clean up was sponsored by the Guaymi Restaurant, Restaurant Alondras, Super Compro and Playa Flamingo´s Subs and Pizzeria who donated drinks, ice cream, pizza, trash bags and gloves. Many volunteers from other organizations participated in the clean up including the Red Cross, Hotel Villa Amarilla, Abriendo Mentes, Restaurant Alondras and the municipalidad. Communities came together to show support for this local youth group and their efforts to make their community cleaner and more unified. 

ASSEMBLY OF ASOCIATES 

  1.  Laetitia Deweer, Van Mai-Salcedo, Simona Daniele, Magno Duarte, John Osborne, Gerardo Brenes, Courtney Borquet, Melina d'Alolio.




GREAT RESPONSIBILITY

We are very happy to share the  news that our board president Laetitia was selected as a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI), a branch of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. During several seminars the leaders will share experiences and ideas about social and economic progress and work for better strategies to create happiness and prosperity for all! 



SPECIAL STAFF DAY
On July 26 our staff had their well deserved trip to strenghten their teamwork and celebrate their union outside the office. Ana Francis, Max Chaves, Cesar Abarca and Laetitia Deweer spent an adventurous day thanks to Pura Vida Ride. We want to thank all of you for the trust placed in our work, we want to remind you that what we do is done with lots of love and effort and the reward for us, rather than the economic part is seeing more children, youth and mothers emerging and projecting their lives to achieve a better quality of life. 


         

CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW GUANACASTE INTEGRATED COMMUNITY CENTER
With great pride and great enthusiasm CEPIA initiated the first stage of construction of the Community Center in Huacas. On  July 29th, machinery and lots of earth announced the start of this major proyect that will beneffit over 2000 people in the area, and where all organized groups of the civil society, socially responsible businesses and the governement will work together in projects of education health, culture, progress and social cohesion
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TRAINING TEENAGERS INTO THE FUTURE 

The Youth group of 13 teens at high social risk continued studying Spanish, sports, personal growth workshops, English, computers, mathematics, art, group dynamics, ecoturism  and general culture, in the CEPIA center. We thank the teachers who kindly and wholeheartedly collaborate to strengthen these young people: Alex Hill, Walner Gutierrez, Sonia Solis, Kenya Chaves, Emilia Flores, Katie Turner, Andrea Arraya, Helen Soto, Juan Jose Santana and Andrea Diaz. The teens also enjoyed the movie theatre in Liberia, the visit of the Baula Turtles in Playa Grande and the national amusement park in San Jose, thanks to Don Brasilitos. 

 

SUMMER CAMP
From
July 2nd to July 12th you could hear laughs, cries and emotions of 60 children who participated every day in different activities of the summer camp in the center of Brasilito. We gratefully thank the volunteers Nadja, Christine, Maela,  Stefanie, Nathalie, Melanie, Berenice, Marta, Drew, Leslie, Carolina, Victor, Jesica, Justin, Morgan, Katherine, Leah family, Isa, Melissa, Valeria, Rachel, Stacy, Lindsay.Thanks to  Yendri and Amada of the women's group for their help with the daily clean up! This camp proved that the partnership between Peace Corps (Katie Turner), Abriendo Mentes and CEPIA induces great results! Thanks to Reserva Conchal for the snacks!!



ADULTS IN CLASS
Basic English classes for adults are finally available in Villarreal thanks to Stela Borbas and Dora Baldwin! Dialan Rodriguez continues her tremendous work with the adults at intermediate level. Paz Lopez and Shannon Dworsky offered English in the Villarreal high school. In Tamarindo Cindy witht he help of Simona organize English for adults in Hotel Luna Llena, and in Brasilito the volunteers from Abriendo mentes offer ESL to interested adults! Women in Huacas get weekly aerobics with Carolina Ruiz and yoga with Colleen! Computer classes continued with Katie Turner and Carlos Cortes. Congratulations to the girls that graduated in manicure with Brenda!

GRACIAS:
THANK YOU:
          

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF CALGARY 

LA JUNTA DE PROTECCION SOCIAL

·     Reserva Conchal Homeowners Association

Fundacion

CRUSA

Coon

 Foundation

  

Agradecimiento especial para:
Special thank to:


Importadora Gerki

HOTEL BARCELO PLAYA LANGOSTA

HOTEL LUNA LLENA

HOTEL CAPITAN SUIZO

RESERVA CONCHAL

THE WESTIN

LAS MAREAS (Tamarindo)

Philippe & Antonia Bernard

HOTEL CALA LUNA

VIA DON BOSCO

Contabilidad Murillo y asociados

Abogado Einar Villavicencio

ATLANTIC COOLING (USA)

OPTICAS PACIFICO

EMERGENCIAS DE LA COSTA

HEALTH & BEAUTY CLINIC

Salon de belleza Konny

Javier Abad

Ana Cristina Blanco

iCON

Paz Lopez

Evan schultz

Roberta Roper

Witch's Rock Surf camp

Neptuno

WAVES CR

Costa Rica Surf club

Kelly's surf shop

Hotel luna llena

Capitan suizo

Barcelo

Don brasilitos

Carlos Bustamante

Pedro Martinez

Ana Centeno

Helen Soto

Alexandra & John Hill

John O'Toole

Special thank to our partner non profit organization Abriendo Mentes and the Omprakash Foundation!

PYSICAL THERAPY
our volunteer Jim offers every Monday at CEPIA quiropractic sessions for anyone in pain.  The University ULICORI also offers free physical thrapy on Fridays to children with a dissability. Thanks to Arelys Obando and Grace cabanas for their great work!

TAMARINDO BEACH MARATHON


We deeply thank to organizers of the Tamarindo Beach marathon for promoting sports and the local economy, and at the same time we thank their committment to youth by supporting
CEPIA!
additionaly, 50 teenagers of the Huacas youth committee helped during this amazing event with 4000 runners!

Thanks to Kristen Morin, as well as Laurianne, Cristophe, Cynthia, Stela, Isabelle, Bru, Natasha, Geneva, Lourdes, Lynn, Patty, Richard, Alfredo, Irene, Courtney, for selling raffle tickets!!


The teenagers of the CEPIA-WAVES CR surf team enjoyed a trip to Hacienda Guachipelin, thank you!!



AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM
In August the after-school program came back to life in all the coastal communities: sports, arts, informatics, English, tutoring, for a total of 505 kids every week.
thanks to our volunteers:

Sophie menou
Francela Zamora
Katie Turner
Maela y Berenice from University La Rochelle
Abriendo Mentes
Fransisco Milla
Mery & Debbie de PANACEA
Lynn Franken
Neyra Davila
Diana Cortes
Carlos Cruz
Fabiola Cruz
Stela Borbas
Sabrina Barreto
Jonathan Zamora
Ariel Solano
Jose (Comite Huacas)
Jarvi (Huacas)
Samuel Isenmann
Andrea Diaz
Lorena (ReFLEXion YOga)




 FOOD BANK

The Food Bank is a non profit organization in San Jose, that works with CEPIA to  offer basic food to 14 single mothers and their children living in extreme poverty. Each of these families, in exchange for food, help us in many things, such as cleaning the center, bringing material for recycling or producing handicrafts. You want to help a mother and her kids for 40 US$ per month? Email us! 

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Newsletter

April-June 2013

 

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Facebook: CEPIA Costa Rica

Huacas de Santa Cruz
300m oeste del cruce de Huacas
Guanacaste
Costa Rica

Succesful after-school program

This first semester 2013 the CEPIA volunteers broke the record: 544 children and teenagers participated in weekly after-school classes such as art & craft, surfing, dance, soccer, swimming, English and computer instruction and physical therapy. It is fascinating to see how wonderful work volunteers can achieve during a few hours per week! we deeply thank and express our gratitude to Paz Lopez, Grettel Solorzano, Andrea Diaz, John & Jamie Nabers, Katie Turner, Mary& Debbie from Panacea, Jarvi, Neyra Davila, Carlos Cruz, Fabiola Cruz, Diana Cortes, Anita Etmanski, Grace Cabañas, Carolina Varela, Ariel Solano, Sabrina Berreto, Stela Borbas, Martin Salerno, June Karja. Also our foreign volunteers and university students deserve our gratitude for their work over the last 3 months: Samuel Isenmann, Olivier Besombes, Maela Le Scouarnec, Berenice Comparin, Pablo Campos, Nathalia Neuner, Stefanie Schmidt, Javiera de Abriendo Mentes, Lien Bekkers, Madeleine Ehrig, Anne Habicht, Katja Iza Blanck, Morgan Phillips, Leslie Niiro.

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CLEANING CAMPAING
At the end of April, CEPIA and the Youth Committee organized a new and successful cleaning campaign in the village of Huacas. The 29 participating teenagers, CEPIA-members and international volunteers not only assembled to plan the event, but also talked about their responsibility towards the environment and the constructive changes that cna be achieved with recycling.  In total, 15 big bags were filled with different waste – a result everyone could see afterwards! Many neighbours thanked and motivated the youth to continue this exemplary work. Others also dedicated effort to mother earth. We sincerely thank all the local businesses, restaurants and associations who helped us accomplish this project by donating food and drinks for our volunteers or by placing their vehicles and installations at our disposal: Alondra (Vanessa), Super Huacas (Berta), ASADA (Yorleny), Mama Mía Pizza (Adalfio), Minisuper Anderson (Karol), Cabinas Huacas (Roy), ETS (Walner) y La Boya.

World Environment Day
June 5th, CEPIA volunteers organized a educational activity and cleaning of beaxches and streets with a total of 130 kids in the schools of Cartagena, Brasilito and Huacas. The students of la Paz Community School joined the Brasilito public school kids to clean beach and the Los Angeles neighbourhoud.

Intelligent Community Center (CECI)

In accordance with the Law for the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Development, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (MICITT) established within its objectives to facilitate scientific research and technological innovation that will lead to greater economic and social progress of the country.In this section CEPIA takes part as an being now an institution called CECI, which aims at reducing the digital gap between different sectors in the country. At the moment we are working on the first stage of computer classes with a total of 120 students of the school of Llano and more than 35 adults at the CEPIA facilities in Huacas. We thank the students Neyra, Diana, Fabiola and Carlos for their time and dedication.


Local Management Development in Santa Cruz 2017, with Florida Foundation and Fundación FLASCO

The 2017 Santa Cruz group aims to build a single agenda for the development of the canton and work based on it, establishing urgent and important issues for Santa Cruz. To choose the participants FLACSO and Florida Foundation conducted a selection process canton actors taking into account those who have a higher degree of alignment (affinity) to the objectives and working methods of Florida Foundation and others who can bring through the process. In this sense,CEPIA plays a very important role, not only because the actors were identified and located as one of the highest level of affinity in Florida Foundation in Canton, but also, because it represents one of the few institutions in Santa Cruz that has high impact on the theme of childhood and adolescence.

Movie Nights

Last April 24th,a movie night in the village of La Garita Nueva took place, counting nearly 80 children and adults. The event was organized to share some pleasant movie time together and strengthen our yet existing relations with this community. CEPIA likes to thank its volunteers Katja Iza Blanck, Madeleine Ehrig, Anne Habicht, Michaela Brühl, Samuel Isenmann, Randy Toltz and Olivier Besombes for getting involved in this beautiful purpose as well as the local Asociación de Desarrollo for their precious collaboration.

In May 60 kids in Santa Rosa came to the Salón Comunal to see the movie “UP”.

El Llanito enjoyed the same movie in June, where about 75 kids and parents shared a nice community time.

Workshop for children: Anger Management, Motivation and Self Esteem

The children of 5th grade received a workshop on anger and emotion management in Santa Rosa and El Llano. A total of 41 children participated.

Consulate of Nicaragua at the CEPIA center

On May 26th, the CEPIA doors were again open to the Nicaraguan community to solve immigration status. During the visit an estimate of 100 people was recorded.

LONG LIVE SOCCER

CEPIA's soccer team in Brasilito, together with   Abriendo Mentes  and volunteer john nabers played against the Potrero boys. Great cohesion and challenge!

COURSES FOR THE COMMUNITY

CEPIA feels committed with people's health, in mind and body, which is why we keep actively offering rhythmic dance classes, yoga,  Computing, English. a total of 170 adults participated in these classes during the first semester. We thank the volunteers: Paz Lopez, Dialan Roriguez, Cinde Jeheber, Louiza Vande Woestyne, John and Janie Nabers, Cathy Deweer, Coleen Nicholson, Carlos Cortes Chaves, Carolina Ruiz, Neyra Davila, Carlos Cruz, Fabiola Cruz, Diana Cortes, Katie Turner.

Skate Park Villarreal High School

The purpose of the visit of Blue Valley high school San Jose to Villarreal was to get to know the Team Rider of Villarreal and to explain how discipline and motivation problems an be disminished.

Also, the fence around the skate park started to be build, in order to open the place during weekends to the whole community, asking 1000 colones for non-students.

Gracias a Nuestros Aliados de Oro 2013:

Thank you to our Platinum Allies 2013:            


CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF CALGARY 

JUNTA DE PROTECCION SOCIAL

·     Reserva Conchal Homeowners Association

Fundacion CRUSA

Coon

Foundation

  

Agradecimiento especial para:
Special thank to:

Importadora Gerki

HOTEL BARCELO PLAYA LANGOSTA

HOTEL LUNA LLENA

HOTEL CAPITAN SUIZO

FOTOGRAFO FAVIER ABAD

 
Salon de belleza KONNY

RESERVA CONCHAL

THE WESTIN

LOLA's

SIPLAST

Paul Tudor Jones

Philippe & Antonia Bernard

Michael Sutor

Federacion Nacional de Surf

VIA DON BOSCO

Bond Enterprises Ltda.

Curtis Custer

Mas Agradecimientos:

More Thanks: 

 Dr Mario Romero Ledezma

Bryan nunez

Evan schultz

Hotel luna llena

Capitan suizo

Barcelo

Don brasilitos

Carlos Bustamante

Pedro Martinez

Wili Avila

Gitanjali

Diane Levy

Steve Mack

Robert Roper

Ildri Eidem Løvaas

Ana Centeno

Ivon Arias

Maricruz Avellan

Maria Cubas

Sebastian Tonelli

Hotel Barceló

Alexandra & John Hill

Diane Levy

Sugar beach hotel

Frank Vanderbiest

Dustin Penner

Holly Kingdon

The Beach Challenge

On May 11th, Country day school Guanacaste organized its annual sports event, in which 8 teenagers from CEPIA participated, winning medals in the surf categories. Congratulations boys for your integration and participation in this event, that raised $400 for sport materials for CEPIA activities in our surrounding communities.


Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

CEPIA's director and psychologist have been trained in a new technique of energetic psychology, to work with their patients. Trainings have been in San jose with Dr. Kristin Holthuis, specialist in this technique.







 FOOD BANK

The Food Bank is a non profit organization in San Jose, that works with CEPIA to  offer basic food to 13 single mothers and their children living in extreme poverty. Each of these families, in exchange for food, help us in many things, such as cleaning the center, bringing material for recycling or producing handicrafts.

You want to help a mother and her kids for 50 US$ per month? Email us! 

Contactenos! Contact Us | TEL: (506) 26538533 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Succesful after-school program
This first semester 2013 the CEPIA volunteers broke the record: 544 children and teenagers participated in weekly after-school classes such as art & craft, surfing, dance, soccer, swimming, English and computer instruction and physical therapy. It is fascinating to see how wonderful work volunteers can achieve during a few hours per week! we deeply thank and express our gratitude to Paz Lopez, Grettel Solorzano, Andrea Diaz, John & Jamie Nabers, Katie Turner, Mary& Debbie from Panacea, Jarvi, Neyra Davila, Carlos Cruz, Fabiola Cruz, Diana Cortes, Anita Etmanski, Grace Cabañas, Carolina Varela, Ariel Solano, Sabrina Berreto, Stela Borbas, Martin Salerno, June Karja. Also our foreign volunteers and university students deserve our gratitude for their work over the last 3 months: Samuel Isenmann, Olivier Besombes, Maela Le Scouarnec, Berenice Comparin, Pablo Campos, Nathalia Neuner, Stefanie Schmidt, Javiera de Abriendo Mentes, Lien Bekkers, Madeleine Ehrig, Anne Habicht, Katja Iza Blanck, Morgan Phillips, Leslie Niiro.

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