Much of our work in Bolivia focuses on health care and education. These children are taking part in a vaccination campaign.
Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America. Approximately 60 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, and life is hard for millions of families due to food scarcity and a lack of access to health care and education. ChildFund has worked in Bolivia for more than 30 years, and with the support and generosity of our donors, we have been able to help improve the lives of thousands of children across the country.
Bringing Hope to Bolivian Families
One of the greatest challenges many families in Bolivia face is a lack of nutritious food. This can have serious consequences for children's health, including stunted growth and delayed cognitive development.
However, we have ways to help. A Bolivian family received a cow from our Gifts of Love & Hope catalog. The cow provided enough milk to feed Maria Elena's six children who remain at home, and the surplus was given to other families in the community. This helped ChildFund's regional partner Lucerito work toward its goal of reducing childhood malnutrition in the area. As the cow gave birth to calves, these animals were also donated to needy families, resulting in better nutrition for dozens of people and a stronger sense of community.
Helping Children Learn Through Play
Even children who are fortunate enough to attend school in Bolivia face many challenges. A lot of preschools across the country lack the means to buy new toys, games and puzzles, and as a result, children are forced to make do with games that are often broken, missing pieces or otherwise damaged. Not only does this deny them the chance to experience play like more fortunate children, it can have a detrimental impact on their cognitive and social development.
To address this, ChildFund's Gifts of Love & Hope catalog enables you to make a donation and provide three new puzzles and games to a Bolivian preschool. For just $8, you can help children learn through play and have fun with their classmates.
Bolivia is just one country where ChildFund operates, and our gift catalog offers you many ways to help. From much-needed medical equipment to agricultural supplies, catalog items fill many urgent needs. To help families in some of the world's poorest countries, browse our Gifts of Love & Hope catalog and make a difference today.