Bolivia Children

About Bolivia

Two-thirds of Bolivia's people, many of whom are subsistence farmers, live in poverty. Save the Children focuses on reducing hunger and chronic malnutrition. We have also made significant progress in improving household water and sanitation. We work with state and public schools, impacting 15,000 children. We address the educational needs of girls and boys and also include teachers and parents in our initiatives. Save the Children will continue to expand community-based activities that help improve the health, education, food security and nutrition of Bolivian children.

Facts About

More than 10 Million
live there

The average girl stays in
school only until she's 13

41 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $6 a day

Our Work

Save the Children implements simple, low-cost measures to keep newborns alive and healthy, including “clean delivery” practices and promoting exclusive breastfeeding. In collaboration with Save the Children, the Bolivian Ministry of Health and Sports has developed a strategy to reduce newborn deaths. Additionally, Save the Children developed and implemented a program in Oruro and El Alto that trains children, youth and teachers in technology skills.

Save the Children will continue to expand community-based activities that help improve the health, education, food security and nutrition of Bolivian children. These include:

  • An integrated food security initiative that will use strategies such as behavior change to help families increase and then sustain their household incomes and closely monitor the nutritional status of their children.
  • A multi-faceted adolescent program that will expand the Making Decisions model to the Lake Titicaca region, as well as maintaining its current national presence.
  • A newborn health focus on post-natal care.

    Our Work in

    Last Year, Save the Children...

    protected 3,903
    from harm

    supported 496
    in times of crisis

    provided 4,388 children
    with a healthy start in life

    helped 173 families
    feed their children

    Sponsor A Child

    Since 1987, Save the Children in Bolivia has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs, while our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Bolivia continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.

    Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

    Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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