Lomas

Lomas's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of Canadians, we’ve started work to improve the well-being of children and families in this community. These are a few of the areas we will focus on this next year


Lomas, which means “hills in Spanish, sits amongst the mountains and plains of southern Bolivia. The population of this urban slum continues to grow as families migrate from rural communities toward the city in search of better lives. Most make their living as drivers, masons, street vendors, and, particularly for women, selling wares at the market. Family income generally ranges from $1.30 to $2.75 USD a day.

Lomas population is very young - 53% are younger than 20 - and unfortunately, under-education is extremely common. Most families are struggling to get by, and with parents working long hours outside the home, children are usually left on their own during the day with no one to monitor their studies and nutrition, or keep them out of risky situations. Alcoholism, drugs and crime are constant worries.
Education
  • 32 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 4 schools were renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 8 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children

Health
  • 101 young people learned about sexual and reproductive health, including how to prevent and manage HIV and STIs
  • 12 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 150 parents learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
  • 300 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished

Livelihood
  • 150 people harvested nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 30 gardens are in place for community members to grow fresh produce, improving children's access to healthy food
  • 90 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families

WASH
  • 238 community members are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 45 new latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
 
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018