Working With Children in Boliva

Despite the recent strengthening of child protection laws, children in Bolivia continue to face abuse and exploitation. Domestic violence and school bullying are widespread in the country. Women and girls are especially at risk of violence and sexual assault.

We empower children in Bolivia to speak up for their rights through children’s clubs and advocacy programs. Teachers, parents and local leaders work with us to encourage a culture of peace and respect. Poverty is a major factor underlying the abuse of children and our entrepreneurial programs help the most vulnerable youths and their families create paths to improve their lives.

Your impact in Bolivia

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • "100 children received guidance on their spiritual journey to discover, understand and grow their relationship with God"
  • "2 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations"
  • 40 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 5 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 669 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation  
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.
  • 100 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • "214 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy"
  • 47 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children 
  • 1,750 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 863 people, including 230 children, are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.
  • 100 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 170 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 171 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 28 schools were renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students, received classroom tools and resources, were renovated
  • 400 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.
  • 150 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 150 people received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 200 children received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017