Arani's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2016

The Arani project is located in the heart of Bolivia's Cochabamba Department, 2,700 meters above sea level. The families in these 35 small communities are mostly indigenous Quechua - descendants of the ancient Incan Empire. Many still speak their native Quechua, one of Bolivia's 3 official languages.

Arani was an impoverished area, where families struggled to survive. Classrooms were overcrowded and teacher absences and illiteracy rates high. Roughly 43% of children under 5 were malnourished and health care was inaccessible. Farmers struggled to produce enough food to feed their families and earn an income.

Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Arani has improved. Children and families have grown stronger and are working together to overcome their challenges. Your support has opened doors that will have a lasting impact for years to come.
  • 29 schools were improved with newly built classrooms, additional equipment and teaching materials
  • 99% of students regularly attend class and 4 school boards were trained to promote education
  • Student illiteracy dropped from 24% in 2001 to 12% 
  • 99% of families can access drinking water, up from 37% in 2001.
  • 70% of them have toilets
  • 18 community health workers now conduct home visits
  • 18% reduction in chronic malnutrition from 44% in 2001 to 26% in 2016
  • 31% of families diversify agricultural production with vegetables to improve family nutrition
  • 130 families were provided with the resources to raise guinea pigs as an alternate source of income
  • 25 family farms were established, each with an average of 150 egg-laying hens

Explore Arani

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Arani

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Arani,  is in Phase 3

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!