Raymundo's story

Raymundo featured in Project Compassion 2013.

I had the opportunity to start learning something new that turned my life around in a complete circle"

One of six children, Raymundo, 24, was born into a very poor family. At eight years of age, he was told that he had good hands and good legs, so he can go and start earning money for the family.

Participants of the Educar es Fiesta (Education is Celebration) program in Bolivia

At first, Raymundo cleaned mini buses, and delivered and cleaned water tanks. Later, he found work washing cars for visitors to the cemetery and carrying 25 litre buckets of water for women cleaning the gravestones. It was a hard life and he and his friends sought escape in sniffing glue; quickly becoming addicted. Raymundo was earning money and giving it to his family but was spending more and more time with his gang.

When some gang members started to attend Educar es Fiesta (Education is Celebration), a circus school for vulnerable children, Raymundo went along to be with them. At first he enjoyed the musical activities but when they moved on to street theatre, such as acrobatics and juggling, he began to see new possibilities for his life.

Today 250 young people are involved in Educar es Fiesta, a Caritas Australia partner. Set up by Edson Quezada, the school is run by children and young people, and is a place where orphans and vulnerable children can learn, not only reading and writing, but how to work together and build a brighter future.

My wish for the kids is that no one is poor. We as Bolivians and Australians have the opportunity to work together to create new paths with Caritas Australia.”