Aid to Bolivia's Children
According to UNICEF Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America.
In a country of just over 10 million, almost 2 million Bolivian children and adolescents are at risk, living in conditions of extreme poverty. About 800,000 of those aged 11 to 17 toil in menial jobs to make a living, rather than attend school. Tens of thousands of these children live in orphanages or worse, in the streets. And of these, many are swept into the world of prostitution.
There are three local organizations partnering to assist Bolivia's children at risk:
The Salvation Army is at the forefront in the aid to orphans in Bolivia. They currently have orphanages in Viacha (outskirts of La Paz) and Cochabamba. These safe-houses are in need of repair and maintenance. They have also asked for assistance in acquiring computers to help teach kids (and adults) marketable employment skills, thus breaking the cycle of poverty.
His Healing Hands will facilitate a supply of medications for day-to-day use at the orphanages.
Central Coast Choir members purchased and delivered 10 computers to two orphanages this August. These computers will be used in a study lab during school hours and to establish an adult vocational center.
AID GIVEN to date by Central Coast Choir
Here are just a few examples of how the Central Coast Choir and your generous donations have assisted the Salvation Army in Bolivia:
Pacific Eye Project - 2013 - 600 reading glasses were distributed by CCC Team members and medical staff from the Harry Williams Hospital of Cochabamba. This project was made possible by the ophthalmology office of Pacific Eye, San Luis Obispo, CA. Hundreds were given sight again!
Home for Boys - 6 pentium computers delivered, eye exams for 35 boys, prescription glasses for 2 boys, painting of exterior of facility, new wood floors for classroom.
William Booth School - state of the art CAD/CAM computer delivered to begin a manufacturing/engineering vocational curriculum for senior high students.
Home for Girls - 4 pentium computers delivered with educational software, eye exams for 32 girls, prescription glasses for 10 girls, dental exams for all the girls.
Sustainability Grant - U$750 was given to Cochabamba girl's orphanage as seed money to open an on-site bakery. Trained staff will teach girls commercial baking skills and entrepreneurship. Income from bakery will assist orphanage financially on an on-going basis.
VIACHA ORPHANAGE & SCHOOL
Conditions are far worse than the pictures show. Broken desks, few school supplies, unsanitary bathrooms, drafty classrooms. How about the classroom without any books or supplies? Saddest of all, look at the teacher's desk and work area. Please help!
ADDITIONAL PROJECTS YOU CAN PARTNER WITH
School chairs - $15 each needed for classrooms
Dental Exam/Filling - $50 to ease the pain of a tooth decay
Repairs to Young Women's Home - $2,500 needed to correct plumbing and sewage seeping from walls and ceilings
Welding Shop for Boy's Home - $3,500 needed to establish a Vocational Center to teach older boys the welding trade and entrepreneurship
Water Well at Boy's Home - $1,200 needed for drilling a potable water well
Wood floors - $200 per classroom (needed for warmth during winter months)
Structural cracks - $500 needed for correcting major cracks in walls
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