BOLIVIA

Bolivia’s children face the burden of the country’s income disparities. We support them with early childhood care and development, good nutrition, and safe spaces to learn and grow – giving their families peace of mind.


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The Challenges


FACING BOLIVIA’S CHILDREN

HOMELESSNESS & NEGLECT

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.

HIGH LEVELS
OF POVERTY

Despite national strides towards reducing infant and maternal mortality, malnutrition and gender inequality, the root causes of child poverty remain entrenched.

INDIGENOUS
INEQUALITY

Bolivia’s Indigenous populations experience systemic disadvantages and bear the greatest burden of the widening gap between urban and rural infrastructure and services.

Our response


To Bolivia’s Challenges

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & CARE

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.

NUTRITION

Daily meals are provided in pre-school, primary school and drop-in settings to foster healthy development, good attendance and academic success. Many programs also offer nutritional education and training to caregivers and parents as a way to support healthy child development.

CHILD RIGHTS

The chronic and widespread issues of domestic abuse and violence are identified and addressed with community education and parenting workshops. In-home visits from qualified educators provide support and follow-up to vulnerable families.

SCHOOL GARDENS

School gardens increase knowledge about proper nutrition, build skills, and provide produce that supplements school feeding programs. Knowing how to grow fresh fruit and vegetables and incorporate them into children’s regular diets reinforce healthy eating behaviours and support food security for families living in poverty.

The results


We are achieving together

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CFTC provides more than one million meals and snacks to 1,893 children in Bolivia each year.

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In 2015, 353 parents and guardians attended education sessions on healthy child development and child rights.

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13 early childhood care and education centres are operating, providing 906 children with safe spaces to learn and grow in their first six years.

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1,069 children are attending six primary schools with CFTC support.

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Seven PTAs and 51 teachers are helping to ensure quality education for Bolivia’s children.

Our Partners


DELIVERING COMMUNITY-LED RESULTS

CFTC delivers impact by selecting, monitoring, evaluating and capacity-building local partners.
In Bolivia, two local partners serve and advocate for Bolivia’s children:

TOMÁS KATARI POLITECNIC INSTITUTE (IPTK)

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.

SOCIEDAD CATÓLICA DE SAN JOSÉ (SCSJ)

SCSJ promotes human development through education, training, family and community participation. They operate early childhood centres, primary and after-school programs, which include health and nutritional assistance.

The team for Bolivia


SHIRLEY ESTEVEZ

Country Representative
La Paz, Bolivia

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Shirley is supported by a team of development professionals and technical experts in Canada. See full Programs team.

Sector Participation

CFTC Bolivia participates in CONGI, a 32-member organization that coordinates development policy action among its members to benefit all Bolivians. CFTC is acting in the role of Vice President 2016-2017.

CFTC is a founding member of COCAB, a non-profit institutional network of 19 NGOs and INGOs that implement programs and projects nationally or through strategic partners in Bolivia.

The Future


YOU CAN HELP US REACH

 
icon-child-parent More children are raised in safe and loving environments
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icon-hand-heart Parents learn positive parenting skills to create healthy, safe environments for children
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Bolivia_03 Children receive optimal nutrition for healthy development in early childhood care centres and after-school programs (supplementing state-supported primary school)
 
My mother recently died, and my brothers and sisters and I were split up. Without the sponsorship program, I wouldn’t have been able to stay in school. My dream is to have my own house so I can reunite our family.Dayana, Sponsored child from Bolivia
How you can help

How You Can Help


A BOLIVIAN CHILD

MAKE A DONATION

Make a single, monthly or in memoriam donation and help feed, educate and protect Bolivian children.

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Tangible gifts, like funding after school programs, make a real difference in the lives of Bolivian children.

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SPONSOR A CHILD

Sponsor a Bolivian child for just $29/month. You’ll be providing your sponsor child with all the basics they need to get a good education and grow up healthy.

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