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The implamentation of preventive programs for health promotion and prevention of addicts among Indian Guarayo in Urubicha in Bolivia

Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America. Urubicha, a village of around 5,000 Guarayo Indians, lies in the north of Guarayos province, Santa Cruz department. As many adults leave it in search of jobs, the average age of the village resident is no more than 18 years. Close on 10% of the population are HIV positive; alcohol and drug abuse are rampant.

Through education work and fostering active social attitudes the project aims to counter the threats facing children and youth from disadvantaged groups.

The project builds on and reinforces day-to-day actions of the receiving entity.

The implamentation of preventive programs for health promotion and prevention of addicts among Indian Guarayo in Urubicha in Bolivia

The project was implemented on 18 June – 30 November 2014 by a volunteer who stayed in Bolivia from 24 June to 23 September 2014. It includes an educational initiative addressed to Polish pupils.

The sending organization is the Salesian Volunteer Mission YOUNG FOR THE WORLD, Krakow branch; the receiving organization is the Parish of the Mother of God of Angels in Urubichá (Parroquia Santa María de los Ángeles, Urubichá), run by a Franciscan congregation.

The project sets out to improve the situation of children and youth, and to allow them to lead life in dignity. It addresses head-on the problems of alcohol and drug abuse, prostitution, and HIV infections. Through a series of trainings and workshops, as well as more intensive work with local animators, children will become more aware of potential threats, and will learn how to prevent them. The incidence of diseases will drop once the right kind of hygienic habits have been established. The project envisages creating a base from which the institution concerned will be able to pursue its work with target groups.

The project serves to implement Priority 3 – support for disadvantaged groups, and Priority 16 – healthcare, as laid down in the Multiannual Development Cooperation Programme 2012-2015, and will contribute to achieving Millennium Development Goal 6 – combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

The implamentation of preventive programs for health promotion and prevention of addicts among Indian Guarayo in Urubicha in Bolivia

Project’s aim was to even out the chances of children and youth from disfavored rural communities of Native Americans Guarayos, living in town Urubichá in Santa Cruz department, Bolivia, where approx. 5 thousand people live. Volunteer’s work was aimed at counteracting the threats resulting from using stimulants, counteracting prostitution and raising the awareness of inhabitants about hygiene and health for the purpose of reducing the number of people falling ill with HIV, as well as improving the life conditions of pupils and indirectly influencing the whole community of young people through them.

Volunteer’s work was focused on carrying out the prophylactic programme mainly regarding addictions: alcoholism, drug addiction, violence. Volunteer created the active social attitudes, teaching pupils to develop their abilities to have positive relations with their surrounding and promoting equality programme among the beneficiaries. Volunteer worked with group of 90 children and youth, as well as 15 animators from Urubichá, and carried out approximately 100 h of workshops and additional classes in total. Her actions involved art therapy and sport classes, as well as trainings, which contributed to forming the attitudes of pupils. In connection with actions carried out by the volunteer, the old industrial building was converted to educational room for working with children and youth, which approx. 500 people are currently using.