Compassion partners with churches to help them provide Bolivian children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.
Compassion's work in Bolivia began in 1975. Currently, more than 66,500 children participate in more than 200 child development centers.
Population: 8,9 millions
Life expectancy: Male 63 years, Female 68 years
Under-5 mortality rate: 5,3%
People with HIV/AIDS: 4.900
Drinking water sources: 83%
Adequate sanitation facilities: 70%
Literacy rate: Male 93%, Female 81%
Population in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day): 64%
Compassion began its ministry in Bolivia in 1975, when the Child Sponsorship Program was started.
Compassion Bolivia is now geographically positioned in almost 70 percent of the Bolivian territory and has built a positive reputation both inside and outside of the evangelical community.
Children receive Bibles or a portion of the scriptures while participating in the program, up to three times.
Each child receives a snack and lunch at the child development center twice a week. A snack consists of an egg sandwich with tea, fruit shake with crackers, fruit salad, oatmeal or bread. Lunch consists of vegetable soup, a lentil burger, salad, rice, dessert and apple juice. Both the snack and lunch menus are prepared by a nutritionist.
The children participate in sports teams and church and regional retreats. Adolescents ages 12 and older also participate in service activities, include cleaning up town squares and painting, campouts, youth counseling and technical training, such as computer training, pastry making, dressmaking and English.
Parents participate in monthly meetings where the Bible is shared and information about the center is given. We also offer family programs and bring in specialists on various topics that are of interest to families, such as discipline, parents' roles, marriage, sexuality, etc. There are nine topics covered in a year, one topic per month. We have social activities and celebrate occasions such as Mother's Day and Father's Day. And in some cases, we have health campaigns that provide medical care, such as dental and ophthalmologic care, to the parents and siblings of sponsored children.