As a sponsored child in Bolivia, she defied expectations. Now, she’s helping others do the same — teaching children practical steps to guard themselves and others against child trafficking.
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.
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.
- Parents and caregivers attended our sessions on child protection and raising children with tenderness in order to build healthy relationships and safe environments for children.
- Children and youth were trained in leadership, child 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.
- Parents and caregivers were trained in child health and nutrition to ensure that children under age 5 are protected from disease and malnutrition.
- We used health campaigns, household visits, and training sessions to train parents on hygiene, nutrition, vitamins, and vaccinations so they could guard their children's health.
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.
- We educated parents about the importance of early childhood development and trained preschool teachers to prepare age-appropriate lessons for young children.
- Elementary school teachers were trained in fun methods for teaching math, language, and reading to help kids improve their academic performance.
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.
Prayer Requests from Bolivia
World Vision's staff in Bolivia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
The protection of children and adolescents from abuse.
Children suffering from waterborne illnesses due to unclean water.
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