Challenges Facing Bolivia

Many Bolivian children face a life of poverty and homelessness.

800,000 Bolivian children are left vulnerable, neglected or homeless each year, at risk of violence and addictions. Social service agencies struggle to keep up with demand. The root causes of child poverty and homelessness are failing to be addressed, despite national strides towards reducing infant and maternal mortality, malnutrition and gender inequality. Bolivia’s marginalized rural indigenous populations experience the worst of the widening gap between urban and rural infrastructure and services.
CFTC Beneficiaries 2,357 children and 1,988 adults

Where We Are Going


Child holding up his creation, Bolivia © CFTC 2012

Safe homes, good nutrition and education will lead to a better future for Bolivian children.

CFTC envisions a Bolivia where:

More children are raised in safe and loving environments Children and parents have access to quality early childhood care and education More Bolivian boys and girls attend and successfully complete primary school Children achieve optimal nutrition for healthy development Parents, caregivers and teachers have the knowledge and resources to improve children’s rights

How We Are Getting There

Programs that give children a head start and a second chance.

Nutrition, Health Care and Child Rights

Nutrition, health care and dental care are offered in pre-school, primary school and drop-in settings to foster healthy development, good attendance and academic success. Some programs also offer nutritional counselling and training to caregivers and parents as a way to support healthy child development.

Programs also sensitize children, parents and caregivers to issues of child rights and positive parenting as a way to address Bolivia’s high rates of addictions and domestic violence.

Residential Programs

Drop-in centres and residential programs are available to homeless children and youth. Social workers offer vital psychological counselling and drug/alcohol treatment, loving and safe shelter, nutrition, health care, education and long-term support for recovering from abandonment, neglect and the violence of life on the streets.

After-School Programs

After-school programs for school-aged children and adolescents prevent children and youth from “falling through the cracks” and offer much-needed social and recreational options, with access to computer labs, music, art and sport programs.

Early childhood care and education

These programs help children achieve developmental milestones, especially during the critical first six years of life when malnutrition, disease, abandonment, social exclusion and lack of stimulation can have lifelong repercussions on health and academic outcomes.

Greater availability of daycare promotes positive parenting by offering parents direct support as well as freeing them to pursue better livelihoods, knowing their children are being cared for in safe, supportive environments.

Shirley Estevez Country Representative – Bolivia

Partners In Change

Our local partners serve and advocate for Bolivia’s children.

Tomás Katari Politecnic Institute (IPTK) offers children safe and structured environments for early childhood care and development, and after-school programs for children up to age 15, where they and their parents can receive academic and technical training and skills.

Niño Jesús de Praga Support Centre (NJDP) offers early childhood care, education and development for children up to age six and after-school programs for children up to age 15, with training for parents, caregivers and educators. NJDP also provides children with healthy meals and health care services.

Sociedad Católica de San José (SCSJ) promotes human development through education, training, family and community participation through early childhood centres, primary and after-school programming. These include health and nutritional assistance.

How You Can Help Children In Bolivia

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