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Bolivia

We have worked in Bolivia since 1974. Currently, we support 18 projects that allow us to support around 21,100 children and young people.

Bolivia

The poorest country in the Andes region

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.

The challenges

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.

Children in traditional dresses with ponco and hat. (Source: Jürgen Schübelin)
Our partners support children from indigenous communities.

Due to a lack of school education and prospects for the future, many parents have no opportunity to find a safe and sufficiently paid job that would generate enough income for the entire family. As a result, many children suffer from malnutrition.

In rural areas, approximately 80 percent of all children under the age of five live in poverty. Government programmes have largely failed to reach the marginalised rural population. Many families have insufficient access to health, education, and food.

Bolivian children and young people with disabilities are particularly disadvantaged and remain largely invisible. In many cases, their fundamental rights are violated. Government support remains insufficient and the general population is unaware of the rights of children with disabilities.

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.

  • Our work in the country

    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.

  • Key figures on Bolivia

    • 10.6 million people live in Bolivia
    • 33 % of all Bolivians are under the age of 15
    • 4.5 % of all children under the age of 5 are underweight
    • 26 % of all children have to work
    • 39 out of 1,000 children die before their first birthday

    Sources: World Factbook, United Nations

Bolivia: Children with disabilities

Bolivia: Children with disabilities

In Bolivia, children with disabilities have little chances to choose a profession. At our therapy centre they learn how to stand up for their needs.

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Who we are

Who we are

Kindernothilfe is a Non-Governmental Organisation founded in Germany in 1959. We partner with local non-governmental organisations in 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe to realize and protect children's rights.

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How we work

How we work

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