Help Save Children in Bolivia

Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Nearly 40% of Bolivia's people live in poverty – and that rate increases dramatically in vulnerable communities. Hunger, chronic malnutrition, natural disasters and lack of education plague many Bolivian children. Many children are forced to work in order to survive and are at risk of exploitation and trafficking.

The Challenge for Children in Bolivia

Without access to food, education and medical care, children in Bolivia need your help.*

  • 39% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 29 dies before their 5th birthday - 5 times that of the United States
  • 16% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 12% of school-age children are out of school
  • 26% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 12% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 14 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 11% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
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Our Work for Children in Bolivia

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’s experts have established technology training for children, youth and teachers to help provide economic opportunity and a love of learning.

Save the Children’s staff will continue to expand community-based activities that help improve the health and education, as well has reduce hunger and malnutrition of Bolivian children. These include:

  • Helping families feed their children by providing farming supplies and small business training to they can earn more money and grow more food. 
  • Preventing malnutrition by teaching parents and caregivers to know the warning signs and giving children access to health and nutrition support. 
  • Empowering students and providing educational materials so that teens can learn leadership skills by forming student governments and taking on community improvement projects. 
  • Helping newborn babies and mothers through community outreach to improve care before, during and after delivery and improve access to hospitals.

Since 1986, Save the Children 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 sponsors support 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. Our sponsors also support 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.

  • Protected 785 children from harm
  • Supported 2,943 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 1,492 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 411 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs

How to Help Children in Bolivia

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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