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Into the future - Rehabilitation of women leaving prison and provide comprehensive care of children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Santa Cruz in Bolivia

In the project, which was implemented between 11 June and 31 December 2012 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia, participated two volunteers, who stayed there from 15 July until 31 December. The coordinator of the project was Salesian Missionary Voluntary Service - Youth For The World, and the local partner was Servants Missionary Congregation of the Holy Spirit.

The project aimed to equal opportunities for women leaving prison and with no  livelihood, as well as to equal opportunities of those women’s children, and children from dysfunctional families. During the project, the volunteers worked with a group of 6 women and 21 children in the order’s centre in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Among their duties was participation in the administrative tasks of the house, equipping the house bakery in necessary utensils, organising and conducting workshops for the women and activities for children.

As part of the project, the volunteers carried out several trainings and workshops for women, among others about hygiene and first aid, nutrition and child care, computers, self-development and handicrafts, in total 20 hours. Moreover, 21 children attended art classes (20 hours), sport activities (20 hours), and assistance with homework (80 hours).

20 poorest families from the neighbourhood were given constant support and care. The volunteers helped the families with errands, organised leisure time for them, and helped the children with homework. They also organised workshops for the women. 

As a result of the activities, a house for women and a bakery were established and equipped. Thanks to that, 6 beneficiaries of the project have gained a permanent workplace. Women also participated in the baking course, gaining professional competences and the ability to support their families.