Children with disabilities in Bolivia. (Source: Kindernothilfe)

Aurelio is on his way to a brighter future

Bolivia: Anyone who meets Aurelio is delighted with the spirit of this seven-year-old boy. He may be blind, but he has a good chance of pursuing a career and having his own family. Kindernothilfe supports a project that will accompany this boy on his way to a brighter future. Please help with a donation.

A false sense of shame

In late 2008, Kindernothilfe’s local partner organisation FAPIZ (Fundación Arquidiocesana Padre Ignacio Zalles) launched a pilot project to support people with disabilities. Deeply impressed by the success of this initiative, we decided to closely collaborate with FAPIZ. “Aurelio was born into a life of utter poverty”, says FAPIZ Director Mauro Morató Camacho. "His parents were ashamed of him. After all, in Bolivian society, disabilities are often viewed as a punishment. So when staff members reached the village where he lived, it took a while for them to gain the family's trust. Finally, Aurelio’s parents introduced them to the boy.”

Medical care 

A Bolivian boy with a disability. (Source: Jürgen Schübelin)
Children with disabilities have a difficult position in Bolivia.

Today, Aurelio travels twice a week to the FAPIZ therapy centre in the town of Cochabamba. A FAPIZ-owned bus picks him up and drops him off at the centre that has a curriculum tailored to students with special needs. Medical care and physical therapists are available on demand. The centre raises the awareness of children and young people about discrimination issues and works towards boosting their self-confidence. After gradually learning about their rights, children are able to stand up for themselves and take charge of their lives.

Mobile teams

A girl with a disability in class with a project employee. (Source:Jürgen Schübelin)
A girl with a disability at our school facilities. 

In addition to youth education, the centre serves as a key training institution for mobile therapists. These volunteers travel large distances to visit villages scattered throughout the region. They help families to interact with their disabled children in a more positive way. During regular home visits Aurelio learns how to walk with a cane and steadily increase his level of independence. The hope is that Aurelio will ultimately be able to attend a regular state school. It's an ambitious goal, but the dedicated volunteers are determined to succeed. The project aims to reach 150 children over the coming years.

Unique project characteristics

A wide range of workshops and informational events are designed to raise the awareness of both parents and members of the general public for the special needs of children with disabilities. In pursuit of these efforts, FAPIZ produces informational materials, organises campaigns and creates radio shows.

Access to adequate medical care, education and information helps to integrate these children into all areas of society so they can lead independent and dignified lives.

Project No. 90042

Our objective: Realising children's rights

Our objective: Realising children's rights

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