Bolivia is one of Latin America’s poorest nations, with high levels of wealth inequality. Caritas Australia’s programs in Bolivia promote economic development, ecological sustainability and human rights in both urban and rural communities.
Why do we work in Bolivia?
Bolivia, a landlocked country in South America stretching from the Central Andes to the Amazon basin, is one of the poorest in Latin America.
Development in the country is highly unequal, with one of the highest levels of income inequality amongst Latin American countries. Health, life expectancy and education levels are also low compared to its neighbouring countries. Bolivia’s Indigenous groups are particularly vulnerable. They are often too poor or live too remotely to access basic health and education services.
Widespread deforestation and soil erosion also compound the difficulties facing Bolivia’s rural and indigenous communities.
Our work in Bolivia
Caritas Australia supports five programs in Bolivia implemented through four local partners. Programs focus on education for vulnerable young people, improving food security, agriculture, disaster preparedness and responding to emergencies.
Examples of our recent work
- The Educar Es Fiesta (education is celebration) program provides educational opportunities for disadvantaged children and adolescents. These opportunities help transform the lives of children at risk of exploitation in marginal urban areas, and strengthen their self-esteem and self-worth.
- Our program with our partner INDEPO works in drought-affected Pasorapa. Seedlings were planted to mitigate against soil erosion. These plantations will also help the community by improving food security and generating income.
- The Ethno Eco Tourism project has introduced disaster preparedness and mitigation strategies to 3 communities in Bolivia. Community farms were relocated inland and pipes installed to aid drainage in the case of flooding.