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Voluntary work as tutors in childrens home in Tupiza in Bolivia – continuation of the project 6

Bolivia belongs to the poorest countries of South America, lagging behind other countries of the region in many areas of development. The country is situated in the central part of the continent. The project is performed in Potosi, the poorest region of Bolivia, with a high level of poverty and illiteracy. The locality Tupiza is located in the southern part of the country, at 3,000 m above sea level.

Due to a lack of financial resources, many children are bound to go to work, they have neither any possibility to go to school nor receive any basic care by the family. The local orphanage cares about children and teenagers from dysfunctional families, in particular those emotionally neglected, and in consequence requiring special care and equal opportunities in comparison with peers. The project activities are directed to 33 children placed in the orphanage. The project continues, extends and strengthens results of the assistance that has been provided to the institution since 2009.

Voluntary work as tutors in childrens home in Tupiza in Bolivia – continuation of the project 6

During the period from 17 July until 31 December 2015, the Salesian Missionary Voluntary Service - Youth for The World in cooperation with the Congregation of the Servant Sisters of Virgin Mary Immaculate Conception performed a project aimed at increasing the quality of life and access to education for children and young people in the District of Potosi in Bolivia. The project was performed in Tupiza. The project directly covered 33 children of the orphanage in the age between 4 and 19 years.

The project directly referred to the Millennium Development Goals: Goal 1: Reduce child mortality and Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education.

The above mentioned goals were achieved by enabling pupils to develop and providing them with equal opportunities in comparison with their peers through conducted workshops and classes, as well as providing them with all-day care. An important part of the project was to ensure professional psychological care for children and teenagers. In the performance of the project, pupils’ self-esteem and emotional balance increased, their creativity and independence strengthened, which enabled beneficiaries of the project to become better prepared for continuing education and taking up employment giving the possibility to develop and support their family.

Voluntary work as tutors in childrens home in Tupiza in Bolivia – continuation of the project 6

The project was performed during the period from 17 July until 31 December 2016, while volunteers stayed in the institution from 14 August until 31 December 2016.

Under the main project activities, female volunteers conducted classes in English, geography and culture, arts and crafts, sports, cuisine, as well as bibliotherapy. Pupils participated in workshops and individual psychological consultations. Furthermore, female volunteers assisted by managing the orphanage. The performed activities and learning support resulted in the increase in the level of education, the transfer of positive patterns of behaviour, as well as the increase in the creativity of pupils. Children were making up for delays in learning on an ongoing basis, improved their English skills, as well as learnt their region. Sports classes enabled to decrease the level of aggression, while psychological consultations strengthened pupils’ assertiveness and ability to cope with difficulties. By providing permanent care for pupils, female volunteers managed to increase their feeling of security.

The project was completed by a thorough evaluation, while performed activities were being steadily evaluated during its performance, on the basis of which a conclusion was drawn that provided assistance was appropriate and it was necessary to continue providing similar assistance for a larger number of pupils and to strengthen achieved results on an ongoing basis, as well as persisting deficiencies and difficulties were identified.