April Focus: BoliviaPhoto: ©2011 Jon Warren/World Vision[/caption]
We’re continuing our Strong Women, Strong World country series, focusing on one country a month. We’ll share stories and World Vision projects from that country throughout the month. For April, our focus is Bolivia.
Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. More than eight percent of Bolivians are unemployed and about 60 percent live below the poverty line. Child malnutrition rates remain high throughout the country. The World Food Program estimates that about a quarter of Bolivian children under the age of five suffer from stunting. World Vision has been working in Bolivia since 1965, offering educational programs, family healthcare, agricultural training, and human rights advocacy. World Vision’s child sponsorship program plays a vital role in this partnership, with donors from the United States sponsoring more than 17,400 children.
World Vision’s Strong Women, Strong World initiative has two areas of focus within Bolivia. Currently, financial training, services and savings groups are provided for women entrepreneurs in Bolivia. Loans are offered to disadvantaged Bolivians, allowing them to generate income through agriculture, raising livestock, neighborhood services, and local trade.
In the near future, the Channels of Hope for Gender program will train faith leaders and empower churches to serve the needs of their communities by highlighting the scriptural basis for reaching out in compassion to those in the community who are most vulnerable. Currently this program is in its initial stages in Bolivia after successful implementation in other countries.
Give to World Vision’s Strong Women Strong World initiative at worldvision.org/swsw.
Stories in this series: