Bolivia

Why World Vision is in Bolivia


Despite the recent strengthening of child protection laws in Bolivia, children continue to face abuse and exploitation. Domestic violence and school bullying are widespread, with seven of every ten children suffering physical or psychological abuse at home, school, or work. Women and girls are especially at risk of violence and sexual assault. We are working closely with community members to build child protection networks and empowering children to speak up for their rights through children’s clubs and advocacy programs. Teachers, parents, and local leaders are joining with us to encourage a culture of peace. Poverty is one of many factors underlying the abuse of children. Our entrepreneurial programs are helping the most vulnerable, including young adults and women, create long-term plans for their lives and achieve their dreams.

We never give up on people

World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Bolivia

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • We worked with local partners and schools to educate teachers and parents on violence prevention, child rights, and good treatment in families, schools, and communities.
  • Children, youth, and local child protection networks were trained in leadership, children rights, and the prevention of violence, child labor, and human trafficking.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • Health centers and community health workers were equipped with training and materials to educate parents and guardians on nutrition, immunization, and other child health essentials.
  • Pregnant women and community members attended health workshops on prenatal and postpartum care, childbirth, and the importance of breastfeeding babies to prevent malnutrition.
  • Through our health education programs, youth learned about reproductive health issues such as teen pregnancy and were trained to share their knowledge with their peers and in their communities.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Elementary school teachers were trained in fun methods for teaching math, language, and reading to help kids improve their academic performance.
  • Preschool teachers were trained in early stimulation practices to support the physical and mental development of children under age 5. They were also trained to share their knowledge with parents so they could practice the activities at home.
  • Parents learned ways to stimulate their children’s learning and development and were encouraged to take their children to preschool so they can reach their full potential.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • Our local staff served children and families as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love, seeking always to be faithful ambassadors of Jesus, the reason for our hope.

Prayer Requests from Bolivia

World Vision's staff in Bolivia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • Children to be safe and free from fear.

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  • Job opportunities for people who are struggling to meet their children’s needs.

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News from Bolivia

A father’s heart transforms

This Father’s Day, we are celebrating this father whose heart has changed towards his wife and children so that he meets the needs of their stomachs and, more importantly, is also nourishing their hearts and planting seeds for a brighter future.