Our Home in Bolivia
On year prior to his demise in 2006, Father Wasson founded the yet youngest children’s village of OUR LITTLE BROTHERS AND SISTERS in Bolivia in 2005. At present we house about 70 children there. Our fosterlings are raised according to the principles of love, sharing and responsibility and also commit themselves outside of the home’s walls.
Why your support is so important:
- 65% of the population live in poverty
- The average life expectancy is 65 years*
- Out of 1,000 children, 57 die before reaching the age of five**
Above all in its rural areas the Andean state of Bolivia is governed by poverty. Decades of military dictatorships weakened state and society. The children and adolescents, who form 38% of the population***, don’t have very promising prospects without medical aid and an access to education.
*Source: World Bank
**Source: Foreign Ministry, World Bank
***Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
Our facilities and programs:
- Facilities at the children’s village „Casa Padre Wasson“ close to Portachuelo:
- HOUSES: Babies’ house „Casa San Jorge“, girls’ houses „Casa Ángeles de Dios“ and „Casa Estrellas de Belén”, boys’ house “Casa Discípulos de Jesús”, “Casa San Francisco” and personnel’s house. Right now we are in the process of finishing two more houses.
- CASA MADRE TERESA – Kinder garden and preschool (according to the Montessori method)
- AGRICULTURE - Fruit- and vegetable-growing
- VOCACIONAL TRAINING – Our elementary school students are taught at a catholic elementary school in Portachuelo run by the Don Bosco Order. The middle school students attend a different school but will presumably attend the Don Bosco School in the future as well.
- Facility in Santa Cruz:
- CASA SAN JACOBO - Dormitory for adolescents attending high school.
- Special programs:
- "MI VOZ SE ESCUCHA" (My voice is heard) – Youth groups that are inspired by the Christian ideal of charity. The adolescents visit the surrounding villages and communities, establish contact with their neighbors and do social service. Sometimes this includes sharing their food with their neighbors.
- "SEMILLITAS" (small seeds) – groups of children with a concept similar to „Mi voz se escucha“ but adapted to younger children. The aim is the strengthening of Christian values, mainly charity.
More children’s villages by OUR LITTLE BROTHERS AND SISTERS:
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