Bolivian Community Partners
We have strong and effective partnerships with local organizations that share our goals, ethics and unwavering commitment to children. Here is a list of our current Bolivian community partners and a snapshot of some of the work we do together.
Our Partner – Alalay
Alalay’s mission is to support the development of boys and girls living on the streets, offering them the option of a better life and reuniting them with society. Through Alalay residences, we provide technical training and educational support to more than 400 children who live in high-risk situations in the city of Santa Cruz. There are two other Alalay locations in La Paz and El Alto, where child sponsorship programs ensure children have access to quality education, a balanced diet and medical care.
Our Programs with Alalay
In Santa Cruz we register children who have been living on the streets into local schools, providing school supplies and uniforms. These classes offer training in textiles, bakery skills and computers, which develops self-confidence and offers a lifetime of new opportunities.
In La Paz and El Alto, we ensure that sponsored children receive a nutrition evaluation to determine the status of their health. Nutritious meals are prepared daily and children learn about proper food preparation and the importance of nutrition. The children have access to medical treatment, are registered in school and are provided with school materials and uniforms.
Our Partner – Tomás Katari Politechnic Institute (IPTK)
IPTK is located in Sucre, and its mission is to assist in a process whereby citizens of Bolivia achieve a sufficient degree of conscience, training, technical qualification and organization in such a manner that they can participate in the building of a new society within their country.
Our Programs with Tomás Katari Politecnic Institute (IPTK)
Recreational, cultural and sporting events inspire the children to stay physically fit and improve their social skills. Environmental education is an important component in this program, teaching the children to pick up garbage and take care of the centre’s garden. Parent Committees are formed and provided with workshops on nutrition, early stimulation and health to improve parenting skills.
Our Partner – Niño JesÚs de Praga Support Centre (NJDP)
NJDP is located in Cochabamba and works to improve the quality of life of marginalized children in the town of Tiquipaya, Cochabamba.
Our Programs with Niño Jesús de Praga Support Centre (NJDP)
Through NJDP, we offer early stimulation programs for children under the age of five and parent training sessions on the healthy preparation of food and nutrition. Healthy meals are served to the children and training sessions are offered to educators at the NJDP Centre.
Our Partner – La Paz Foundation
The La Paz Foundation is located in the city of La Paz and works to assist children, adolescents and women who are in situations of commercial sexual violence.
Our Programs with La Paz Foundation
We provide frequent medical care as well as health workshops and literature. Income-generating initiatives are offered as a transitional step forward, helping adolescents and children develop new expectations towards life and work. We work to supply children with identity documents so they are formally recognized as citizens, and have access to legal protection. Workshops on self-esteem, self-acceptance and identity are offered, as well as individual and group therapy sessions. Shelters allow girls to gain a sense of independence and responsibility, living on their own in safety and with support.
Our Partner – Sociedad CatÓlica de San JosÉ (SCSJ)
Located in La Paz, in the communities of Santa Maria de Alpacoma and San José de Las Lomas, SCSJ strives to promote human development through interventions in education, training, family and community participation as well as in primary health and nutritional assistance.
Our Programs with Sociedad Católica de San José (SCSJ)
In both communities we provide healthy meals and nutritional supplements to malnourished children. To improve child health, we supply dental care and distribute supplies for deworming campaigns. We also provide mothers of beneficiary children with business and technical training, equipping them with the skills needed to pursue careers and gain more independence.