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Abriendo Mentes

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Abriendo Mentes is a grassroots, non-profit organization that has been promoting education and social well being in Guanacaste, Costa Rica since 2009. A recently donated property in Playa Potrero will transform into the town’s first community center, where hundreds of children and adults will receive comprehensive educational and social support, to guide them to lead productive, healthy lives free from the bounds of poverty. Please help equip this community center by making a donation and help change lives.

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Abriendo Mentes is a grassroots, non-profit organization that has been promoting education and social well being in Guanacaste, Costa Rica since 2009. A recently donated property in Playa Potrero will transform into the town’s first community center, where hundreds of children and adults will receive comprehensive educational and social support, to guide them to lead productive, healthy lives free from the bounds of poverty. Please help equip this community center by making a donation and help change lives.

About Us

Abriendo Mentes is a nonprofit organization empowering individuals in Guanacaste, Costa Rica to access enhanced education and employment opportunities. Established in 2009 at the request of local residents, we are a small, community-based project, taking pride in making a big impact with limited resources. We give local residents the skills they need to enhance their lives through an innovative and engaging education program.

Guanacaste is a rural region of Western Costa Rica. Despite its natural beauty, limited infrastructure and scarce resources have created major disparities in the local education system compared to the rest of the country. Only 12% of the adult population in Guanacaste has graduated from high school. In the towns where Abriendo Mentes work, elementary school children receive classes in public schools for an average of 4 hours per day, 85 days per year.

Our Mission

To offer innovative social and education programs in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, so children and adults can create better living conditions for themselves and reach economic stability.

Our Vision

A region of thriving, educated and economically stable communities in Guanacaste that are free from economic and social despair.

Our Programs

We have served over 1,000 participants and have offered over 16,000 hours of educational support. We currently offer the following programs:

- Youth Development - Delivering a comprehensive afterschool education program for children 4-12 years old that focuses on English and computer instruction, as well as activities that promote social, emotional and physical health.
- Adult Education Program - Conversational Adult English, Vocational English Training Courses, and Adult Technology Classes
- Women's Program - Social and emotional support, workshops, vocational training classes, health and fitness
- Community Engagement - Beach clean-ups, food banks, and community celebrations

Opening Doors, Opening Minds Campaign

Support our latest campaign here by helping us equip our newly donated space that will transform into an inclusive center of educational, emotional, and physical growth in Potrero, Guanacaste. This community center will enable us to: expand our children's programming hours by over 88%, launch 2 new adult vocational training programs and be the host of the first children's playground in Potrero.

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