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Voluntary work as tutors in childrens home in Tupiza in Bolivia - continuation of the project 4

One of the problems of Bolivia is the lack of access of children and youth to education. This is particularly evident in rural areas and areas based far from the main urban centers. Bolivia is a multiethnic country, hence it affects largely indigenous population like Qechua or Aymara, which represent respectively 30 and 25 percent of the population. At the same time, it is a female part of the population that is more endanger by illiteracy. According to 2009 data, 13 percent of women in Bolivia were illiterate, while among men illiteracy rate was estimated at 4 percent.

The project was implemented during the period 1 June - 31 December 2013, while two volunteers were in Bolivia from 4th August to 31st December 2013.

The contractor of the project (the sending organization) was the Wroclaw Branch of the Salesian Missionary Voluntary Service - Youth for the World, and the local partner (the host organization) was the Order of the Sisters of Immaculate Conception and the missionary Vicariate in Tupizie in Bolivia (Las Siervas de la Madre de Dios River Virgen Inmaculada Concepción Vicariato Misional en Tupiza).

In the town of Tupiza, the Sisters run an orphanage. This facility is a home of 35 children (aged 5-20 years), who come from dysfunctional families, and hence often possess limited growth opportunities. Tasks of the volunteers working in Tupiza were to support the Sisters in their daily care of children and to carry out additional educational activities. As a result, the volunteers conducted approximately 200 hours of English, IT, bibliotherapy, art, sports and music classes. For nearly 300 hours they accompanied to children with their homework. The indirect result of activities carried out by the volunteers was strengthening children’s motivation to learn, as well as helping them to discover their own talents by participation in art classes. As an additional activity, the volunteers examined eyesight of 72people, including 46 children associated with the orphanage.