Amanecer'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

More than 23,000 call the urban community Amanecer home, with roughly 7,000 being children between the ages of 0-12 years old. 80% of the population are Andean immigrants, who came from the Bolivian Andes, often to find employment. The remaining 20% ar e indigenous Guarani, and are both Amanecer's longest standing citizens and the group who faces the highest levels of poverty.

There are several issues in the community that affect children and youth. Limited access to health care and a lack of proper nutritional education leaves children suffering from malnutrition, especially those under the age of five. Additionally, poor sanitation conditions and the prevalence of infectious diseases severely impact the growth and development of children.

Poverty, especially as it relates to young people, also has a strong impact on their education, safety and future. Many find themselves as parents from as young as 14 years old, and leave school to earn a living. However high unemployment rates in this community leads to many family problems, including increased drinking, domestic violence, and sexual abuse that directly threaten the wellbeing of children. Many Guarani children are raised by their grandmothers, while parents head to larger cities to find work, while Andean children are brought up by older siblings.
  • 450 children and youth learned about their rights, how to voice their opinions, and ways to protect themselves from harm.
  • 2 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions.
  • 130 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions.
  • 3 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families.
  • 47 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children.
  • 41 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education.
  • 200 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child's learning.
  • 210 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps.
  • 15 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities.
  • 45 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children.
  • 75 people including children learned to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
Health Care
To keep children protected from harmful infections, diseases, injuries and malnutrition, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Equip youth, families and local partners with key practices to prevent poor health, disease and malnutrition.
  • Empower communities to make decisions that will improve their health and their health system.
  • Provide health support and nutritional supervision to young children and pregnant women.
  • Ensure all children are treated for acute respiratory infections and diarrhea.

To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Ensure children between the ages of 2 and 6 years old participate in early childhood development programs.
  • Encourage children, specifically girls between the ages of 6 and 11 years old, to complete their basic education.
  • Equip schools and teachers with the necessary training to improve the education of children.
  • Help adolescents and young people develop age-appropriate skill sets.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Strengthen protection policies to improve comprehensive child welfare and local development.
  • Empower children and women to understand, promote and exercise human rights in their community.
  • Equip local institutions such as schools and churches with resources to promote and enforce child protection.
  • Emphasize health, education and local development with community protection committees and strengthen community participation.
  • Engage churches and community groups to advocate for child care centres.

Explore Amanecer

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 Amanecer

Health Care
In Amanecer, children under the age of five are the most vulnerable to diseases and malnutrition. Many things contribute to this, including poor living conditions, lack of nutritional training and improper sanitation practices. Infectious diseases that damage children's respiratory and digestive systems are common, and many parents don't know how to quickly detect and address the issues affecting their children's health.

Additionally, access to health services is limited, and the community has neither a facility that can provide complete care nor staff who are trained to serve the entire population. Environmental issues such as pollution and unsanitary waste practices impact health, and also keep families from being able to properly care for children.

Similar to issues in health, the most vulnerable group when it comes to education are children under the age of five. 50% of them are affected by the lack of infrastructure and do not have a preschool or daycare"a shortage that primary school teachers say puts children at a significant disadvantage when they start their regular studies, and increases the risk of drop outs.

Parents inability to prioritize education combined with limited access to high schools and a lack of technical training frustrates many students into leaving school. In fact, roughly 70% of the adult Guarani population aged 18 to 60 have abandoned their education, continuing the cycle of poverty, and leaving the community without technical professionals.

Child Protection
In the community, there are no formal institutions that focus on protecting child well-being. The district's police office is in poor shape, and state offices such as the health centre cannot offer good service for patients, including children. Additionally, there are six educational centres in the community that have no child protection processes in place. Overall, community-based organizations tend not to factor in children when advocating for their rights.

Children's vulnerability is directly related to poverty and high unemployment, as many parents must travel far distances to find work and leaving their families behind. This makes children feel abandoned, and leaves them vulnerable to unsafe situations.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Amanecer,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.