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Laetitia Deweer is the founder and development director of CEPIA (Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents), an award-winning nonprofit nationally accredited organization that promotes since 2005 cultural development, educational and labor opportunities, physical and mental health, social cohesion and participation of children, teenagers, their families, and adults from poor backgrounds in Costa Rica to improve their quality of life. CEPIA supports yearly over 2000 children, teenagers, and adults through 14 comprehensive programs in Guanacaste. Laetitia was born in Belgium and as a university student she participated in social projects in Guatemala and Mexico. At age 23 she moved to Costa Rica and worked in a family business for one year before getting deeply involved as a volunteer with the government child protection agency PANI. During this time, she became deeply concerned with the economic development shadowing extreme poverty and human distress. Laetitia has a Master in Family Education from the University of Ghent, Belgium and a Master in Clinical Psychology from the Universidad Latina of Costa Rica. She also works as a private EMDR psychotherapist and transformational breathworker. Laetitia speaks Spanish, English, French and Dutch. She loves surfing, yoga, and has one daughter. She is a fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute.