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Voluntary work as tutors in childrens home in Tupiza in Bolivia – continuation of the project 5

Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America; it ranks last in the region in many categories of development.

Bolivia occupies the central part of the South American continent. The project is being implemented in Potosi, the country’s poorest region. The town of Tupiza lies in the south of Bolivia, at an elevation of over 3,000 m above sea level.

Economic hardship forces many children to take up work. A local children’s home shelters youth from problem families who have often suffered emotional neglect. The project’s direct beneficiaries are 33 residents of the home. The initiative follows up, builds, and expands on the results of support which has been given to the home since 2009.

Voluntary work as tutors in childrens home in Tupiza in Bolivia – continuation of the project 5

The project runs between 18 June and 31 December 2014. Under the scheme, two volunteers stay at Tupiza in Bolivia from 15 July to 31 December 2014.

The sending organization is the Salesian Volunteer Mission YOUNG FOR THE WORLD; the receiving organization is the Sisters Servants’ Congregation of Debica – mission vicariate in Bolivia.

The project addresses the problem of poverty and limited access to education in the region. Its key objective is to ensure comprehensive, 24/7 care for 33 residents of the Hogar de Niños “Maria Inmaculada” children’s home, which the Sisters Servants of Debica run in the Bolivian town of Tupiza. Children and youth will attend a wide range of classes; the home’s administration will also receive support. These measures should make it easier for the children to integrate into society. The 24/7 care will contribute to instilling values in children who have been neglected by their families, and help them develop strong personalities.

The project follows up on the previous five editions, in which volunteers have made it possible for children and youth to gain new knowledge and skills.

The project serves to implement Priority 13 – education, as laid down in the Multiannual Development Cooperation Programme 2012-2015, and will contribute to achieving Millennium Development Goal 1 – eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.

Voluntary work as tutors in childrens home in Tupiza in Bolivia – continuation of the project 5

Volunteers were abroad from 15 July to 31 December 2014.

Volunteers carried out educational classes. They constantly took care of 37 pupils and helped them studying (300 h in total). At the same time they organized additional classes animating free time of students: 27 h of English for 17 children, 60.5 h of art therapy for 29 people, 60.5 h of sport classes for 28 people, 21 h of film therapy for 29 people, 25 h culinary classes for 23 people and recreational trips for 28 people.

All the actions carried out by the volunteers have contributed to increasing the sense of safety of pupils in Children’s Home in Tupiza, building lasting attitudes and developing abilities and creativity of children. Constant help of volunteers in Tupiza serves the proper development of children’s home pupils, who in the atmosphere of safety and care, can prepare for independent life and work in the society.