Bolivia: Children with disabilities
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We have worked in Bolivia since 1974. Currently, we support 16 projects that allow us to support around 7,800 children and young people.
The poorest country in South America, Bolivia is struggling with widespread poverty and unemployment, poor healthcare, and insufficient access to education. The indigenous rural population is particularly destitute and has hardly any access to basic state services. We support partner organisations that are dedicated to safeguarding the rights of children and their families. Our work focuses on promoting children from indigenous rural communities and those with special needs. Additionally, our work is combating child labour in the mining sector and violence against children.
Although government programmes have managed to reduce Bolivia's poverty rate in recent years, roughly 2.9 million children and young people continue to live in poverty or extreme poverty.
To help their families make ends meet, many children from poor backgrounds are forced to work. Those who work in the informal mining sector are exposed to huge safety risks. The health impacts can be severe, leaving them with dim prospects of creating a livelihood. Another serious problem is the high rate of violence against children, young people, and women. In many cases, the perpetrators are family members.
To improve the livelihoods of children and young people from poor, rural indigenous communities, we support local partner organisations with in-depth expertise in community-building. Project initiatives support children, families and communities in asserting their rights and sustainably improving their livelihoods.
As Bolivian children and young people with special needs are particularly disadvantaged, we help them assert their right to inclusion. The projects also raise awareness among the general population of the special needs of children with disabilities. The community-based rehabilitation programmes help improve the living conditions of children with disabilities. Prevention programmes are key in reducing the number of future disabilities.
Sources: World Factbook, United Nations