Sumaj Kawsay

Sumaj Kawsay'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: 

Sumaj Kawsay is a community of contrasts in the heart of the Cochabamba district. Located between 3,400 and 4,420 metres above sea level, the region is known for its lakes, and is famous for the endangered Puya raimondii, a gigantic plant thought to be a living fossil. At the same time, it is also one of the poorest municipalities in all of Bolivia. Of a population of around 14, 836 people, 94.9% cannot provide for their basic needs.

Most families are indigenous Quechua, and Quechua is their first language. However Spanish is the official administrative language and is taught in schools. One in four people is bilingual, but most often they are men. Illiteracy is still high in the area, and is more prevalent in the female population (54%) than in the male (20%). The soils in the region are rich, fertile, and good for cultivation. Springs, streams, and irrigation dikes enhance the potential for agriculture in most communities. Temperatures average a cold 13℃, but can dip below zero.

World Vision began a project in this area after a group of community organizations asked for help. They had seen the impact of a similar program in a neighbouring area, and hoped that World Vision could help also help them address the poverty in their community.
Child Protection
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 329 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 70 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children

  • 12 schools were renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 5 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 70 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication

  • 100 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 20 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 214 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy

  • 200 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income

  • 1 renovated water source is providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
  • 100 community members are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 150 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 22 new latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
  • 80 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
  • 5.5% of children were underweight according to their age, as a result of malnutrition in 2017 significantly decreasing from 10.5% in 2014.
Statistically significant whereby Type-I error is less than 5%    Results of World Vision Canada's evaluation in Sumaj Kawsay, Bolivia in 2017