Bolivia, with her 11 million people, remains the poorest country in South America.
Although there have been some improvements in the vital areas of health and education, the statistics about Bolivia’s poverty and its crippling effect on her people are still very sobering.
- 43% live below the national poverty line, with 36% living in “extreme poverty”
- 75 % of marriages end in divorce
- 75% of children suffer abuse with in their home
- 80% of children experience violent discipline with in their homes
- 50 % of female teens within relationships experience violence
- 50% lack access to adequate healthcare, and 60% lack any type of insurance
- 60% lack access to safe drinking water and adequate sewage
- 26% of children between 5 and 14 years of age work, as child labor is legal
- 3% of Bolivians report reading a maximum of two books per year
Fundación HOPE worldwide Bolivia (FHwwB) began its outreach to the impoverished population within La Paz, Bolivia in 2011. The Centro Médical International HOPE Clinic (CMI) provides high quality healthcare to the La Paz population, while also serving as a social enterprise supporting our social programs. HOPE in Bolivia has developed many strong relationships with other respected healthcare institutions, non-governmental organizations, as well as with multiple community children centers. We serve together in a variety of initiatives that support and empower vulnerable children and families. HOPE’s focus is in the areas of health, education, mentoring, and empowerment. We are currently developing health and social initiatives within the rural areas of Bolivia, as well. FHwwB is one in heart with the La Paz Church of Christ, loving and serving with God’s love and compassion.
2. HOPEww Volunteer Corps #2 – La Paz, Bolivia (July 12-July 24, 2018)
La Paz is the capital city of Bolivia. It was voted one of the “Seven Most Marvelous Cities in the World” because of its amazing beauty and high altitude within the Andes Mountains. HYC participants will serve within a variety of HOPE’s programs which support impoverished children and families. We will focus in these areas:
1) Repairing/renovating family homes or community centers, while also building trusted relationships.
2) “B-Olivia Lending Library” activities. Participants will create and provide hands-on reading and educational support/activities with our amazing lending library. We will focus our efforts within a hospital, orphanage, community center, and/or individual family homes.
3) Campus Outreach with the La Paz Church!
And of course, everyone will enjoy a beautiful mountain hike!!! ☺