CEPIA (Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents)is a nationally accredited non-profit organization, located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica that supports hundreds of children, teenagers, and their families from poor backgrounds. This support is provided through after-school programs, psychological help for victims, educational projects for high-risk youth, professional trainings, a food bank, a library, and movie nights.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
Acrylic Brushes and Paints,Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Clothing Catalogs, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Fabric Scissors, Knitting Needles, Sewing Needles, Sewing Scissors, Sewing Patterns, Tape Measures, Thread,and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Tablets and Working Laptops
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.