Sports for Development in Bolivia


Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Every day children face poverty, abuse, discrimination, insecurity and exclusion. Life expectancy is only 66 years and infant mortality is high at 40/1000 live births. Bolivia also has one of the highest levels of malnutrition, comparable only to Haiti and Dominican Republic, 51% of children under the age of five are malnourished (Source: WHO).

Many Bolivians cannot access healthcare and education, especially in indigenous rural communities. Exploitative forms of child labor are spreading and HIV and AIDS is a hidden problem.

What we do

Save the Children has been working in Bolivia since 1985 working with children, youth and their families on programs in intra-intercultural education, children’s rights, prevention of exploitation health and nutrition, emergency relief, economic development and water and sanitation. Our projects include:

Sports for development

We support Sports for Development a strategic alliance with the Inter-American Development Bank to Promote Gender Equity which creates a Sports Center in El Alto contributing to the development and social inclusion of children and youth through sports.

Sports for Development is benefitting the largest urban municipalities in the capital, La Paz. The social and economic needs of this population are vast and the poverty rate in this area is around 67%. The project will reach 768 female youth who will be trained in sports like volleyball, basketball and soccer. The skills of 100 trainers, 500 parents and 3000 children will be informed, and improved, about sports and gender issues.

Master’s program on child rights

Save the Children Canada supports a network of eight universities in the region in the realization of a Master’s Program in Children’s Rights. Forty students have graduated from this program to date from the Center for Higher Studies of the State University in Cochabamba. These young professionals are now occupying important positions in non-profit organizations and government agencies. Children throughout the continent are benefiting from improved local and national policies and higher quality programs that respond to their needs and the needs of their families.

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