Educar es Fiesta, Centro Creativo Artistico - 'Puertas Abiertas'

Puertas Abiertas  or 'Open Doors', is a human rights program that focuses on the needs of children who live and work on the streets of Cochabamba in Bolivia.

A truck takes children to a performance, Bolivia

About the program

Puertas Abiertas or 'Open Doors', is a human rights program that focuses on the needs of children who live and work on the streets of Cochabamba in Bolivia. The project works with youth at risk, child workers, homeless youth, and young victims of sexual abuse.

A child plays along on his drum

The program uses artistic expression to help young people strengthen their self-esteem and self-worth, develop their creative potential, give them life skills and improve their educational opportunities.

The program also aims to improve relationships between street youths and their families, schools and wider communities by educating people about the discrimination and maltreatment suffered by child workers on the streets of Cochabamba. The program educates the wider community on the need to respect and support the homeless youth of their city. Street theatre and other performance projects are used to teach children and their families, employers and communities about human rights.

Puertas Abiertas encourages young people to participate in activities that give them skills in personal development, safety, identity and risk reduction. The children take part in productions that address issues like domestic violence, the rights of the child, and environmental sustainability. Theatre and circus workshops are conducted five times a week.

The program also provides certification for undocumented children, so they can access basic rights of citizenship such as the right to enrol in school, receive a basic wage and join a union.

Raymundo from Bolivia

Raymundo's story
Find out about how this program has helped Raymundo, who, after being sent to work from the age of eight, joined street gangs and began abusing substances. After joining the Educar es Fiesta school, Raymundo has begun to see new possibilities for his life.
Read more and see a video of Raymundo's story »

 

Program details

  • Issues: Women and development; EducationHealth; Climate justice
  • Partner Agency: Centro Creativo Artístico (Educar es Fiesta)
  • Funding in 2014/15 financial year: US $90,000
  • Geographic location: Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • When established: 2005
  • This program is supported by Australian Aid.