Supporting the development of girls in Saint Francis Dormitory in Cochabamba, Bolivia
The project was implemented between 1 June and 31 December 2013 in Cochabamba (Bolivia), and counted with participation of two volunteers, who stayed there from 19 June to 31 December 2013. The coordinator of the project was the Social Integration Association THE HARBOR OF CULTURES, and the local partner wasSt.Francis Dormitory for Girls, Sisters Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The main aim was to improve the quality of life of the beneficiaries of the project: the children living in the dormitory, by equalling their educational and social opportunities and minimalizing the aftermaths of poverty. Another element of to increase competences of the teachers and educators working with youth in the schools and centres of the area.
Over the course of the project, 304 h of classes were carried out (computer workshops, film, sport, art and cooking classes), attended by all the children living in the dormitory (61), 152 h of psycho-educational and health-oriented classes (61 participants). The volunteers organised also 380 h of compensatory classes for 61 girls, out of whom almost a half improved their marks at school.
The volunteers organised a Neighbourhood Fair for the local community, attended by approx. 100 people, and 5 excursions for all the girls from the dormitory. In order to improve the staff’s skills, the volunteers conducted 14,5 h of workshops for 15 educators working with children and adolescents in the region of Cochabamba.
Another important element was health care. As part of the project, the volunteers created and supplied the medical centre in the dormitory, and provided all the girls with basic health care. They monitored the girls’ health through coordinating the doctors’ appointments and screening tests, etc. Thanks to the investments and purchasing cleaning products, the sanitary conditions in the dormitory improved greatly.
As part of the educational initiative, a calendar for 2014 “Bolivia in children’s eyes”, featuring the girls from the dormitory, was published in 300 copies and distributed in 100 schools in the Greater Poland Voivodeship.