Nueva Esperanza'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

Nueva Esperanza is the name of three community neighbourhoods near the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Most families here are indigenous Aymará and Quechua farmers who moved to escape the poverty they experienced in the Andean highlands. They came hoping for a better life, but in Nueva Esperanza, which means “New Hope, they found a different kind of poverty.

In this rapidly growing suburban area, there were few jobs and limited government services like schools and healthcare centres, minimal access to clean water, and very little sanitation and waste management. Even the physical environment was challenging " the terrain was salty in some areas and rocky in others, making it hard to practice agriculture. As a result, most people looked for work in small trades, transportation or service industries, while trying to grow enough food to feed their families on the side.

Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Nueva Esperanza 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.
  • 600 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation.
  • 200 children and youth learned about their rights, how to voice their opinions, and ways to protect themselves from harm.
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions.
  • 40 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions.
  • 25 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being.
  • 11 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms.
  • 37 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children.
  • 35 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education.
  • 138 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child's learning.
  • 907 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps.
  • 3 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities.

Explore Nueva Esperanza

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 Nueva Esperanza

In a community where almost half of families can’t access clean water and 80 per cent don’t have latrines, waterborne diseases are common.  Drinking dirty water coupled with a lack of information of good hygiene and sanitation practices leaves children suffering with repeated bouts of diarrhea. This preventable illness is life threatening in babies, and hinders the development of children as they age, leaving them more susceptible to other illnesses.  Almost half also suffer from respiratory infections.

Economic Development
Most families in Nueva Esperanza struggle to make ends meet. Whether working in service industries such as transportation, or selling goods out on the street, many don’t earn enough income to cover their families’ basic needs. Fundamental to this issue is the lack of education most parents suffer from, which prevents them from receiving necessary training to look for higher paying jobs, or find alternate income streams.

Community Leadership
Leadership and a collective voice is needed to advocate for better schools, safe water, waste management, and good health care. The largest influence in the community is partisan politicians, however the community does not have a collective voice that can influence the political system to invest in their community.  Poor public services like schools, and water and waste management, continue to jeopardize children’s health and their education.  Families in the community, especially children, remain impoverished and underdeveloped.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Nueva Esperanza,  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!