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.

  • Parents and caregivers attended sessions on child protection and raising children with encouragement to help build positive, safe environments for children
  • 1,858 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
  • 273 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 8 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • Through health campaigns, household visits and training sessions, parents were trained on hygiene, nutrition and vaccinations
  • 83 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 119 malnourished children in Bolivia were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 112 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • Elementary school teachers were trained in fun methods for teaching math, language and reading to help kids improve their academic performance
  • 2,611 children in Bolivia received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 2,131 children and youths are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 102 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 220 youth were equipped to enter the job market through apprenticeships, vocational training or career counselling
  • 160 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 86 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children
  • 823 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children