- It is the first of its kind in the province.
- Facilities will house offices of CEPIA and allow various community uses.
With great enthusiasm, on November 15, the first Integral Community Center officially opened in Huacas. This is a cultural-educational community project born from the strategic alliance between the Association of Integral Development of Huacas, Santa Cruz and CEPIA Association (www.cepiacostarica.org).
The “Integral Community Center” aims to be a space of solidarity and citizen participation, a public space for dialogue and teamwork between civil society, public institutions and private companies to comprehensively address the needs of people and improve the quality of life of children, families, and adults in Guanacaste.
The opening ceremony was attended by Ana Helena Chacón, Vice President of the Republic, who expressed her gratitude to the efforts of everyone involved in this project, noting the active participation of the population in the realization of this community work.
Chacón urged to join forces between the government and the private sector in order to work towards the development of the province of Guanacaste. “The fight against inequality, the rights of girls and boys, and the active participation of all can be agents of change”, emphasized the vice president.
The contemporary dance group from University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the group of typical dance of Villarreal offered a beautiful show for the 150 visitors and special guests that attended the event.
Roundtable on Local Economic Reality
Hours prior to the opening of the Community Center, Executive Director of CEPIA Association, Laetitia Deweer, together with Mr. José Aguilar, President of the Youth Action Foundation and Director of the Horizon Positive Foundation organized a roundtable in which socioeconomic statistics revealing the real situation in which the province of Guanacaste is immersed were presented as well as how initiatives like this Community Center can be a means to lift hundreds of people out of poverty and social exclusion by working closely with volunteers, private enterprises and government, and by generating innovative ideas and creating leaders in communities.
Mary Fullmen, Vice Minister of Public Security, and Carlos Alvarado, Director of the Costa Rican Institute on Drugs, and other state institutions as: INAMU, PANI, IMAS, MINISTRY OF HEALTH, INA, UNA , UNED, AYA, Banco Nacional were noted for their attendance, as well as the participation of organizations and private companies such as Four Seasons Hotel, Flamingo Beach Resort, Do It Center, Social Defense of Bar Association of Attorneys (Santa Cruz), Reserva Conchal, Coopenae, CATURGUA, and CRUSA foundation, who enthusiastically support and team up to fight against social and economic problems of the province.
The Community Center is a building of 1200 square meters, which was funded by IMAS, private companies, and individuals, such as Tamarindo Beach Marathon, Do It Center, Rudelman, Bill & Ann Macheski, Patricia Coester and Christian Steinmann, Troper Wojcicki Foundation, Bart Van Vooren, The Fries Foundation, John & Donna Sommer, Surfoam Central America, Reserva Conchal, Coopeguanacaste, RL, The Beach Bungalows, Pequeño Mundo, MONGE, Casa Nova, SUR, Gasolinera de Tamarindo, ELOY, Circuito, Maquinaria Fulvio, Equipo Salas, Acacia del Norte, Imagine & Design, and the Poolstore.
The Centre has administrative offices, a psychology clinic and legal advicers, two classrooms dedicated to professional courses, an internet cafe, computer training classroom, a well-being and physical therapy room, a kitchen with dining area, two classrooms for the Child Care Center, a public library, a room for youth, and an art gallery.
The Center is open to the public Monday through Saturday and is provided to organized groups that require it. Volunteers are always needed. You can visit the website www.cepiacostarica.org or the Facebook page, CEPIA COSTA RICA, for more information.
CEPIA is a nonprofit association that was born in 2005. It has substantial financial support from the Board of Social Protection of San Jose, Hotel Cala Luna, Colores del Pacífico, Flamingo Beach Resort, Robert August Surf & Turf Event, Sugar Beach Hotel, Blue Water properties, CRIA, Super Massai, Hotel Luna Llena, Capitan Suizo, Ted Alexander, and CRUSA.