Bolivia

A country growing hope
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Bolivia

A country growing hope
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Welcome to your Employee Giving Page
The Canadian Feed The Children team wants to offer our sincere thanks to the dedicated employees of BMO who are donating funds specifically to CFTC programming in Bolivia. Together, we are working to create a world where children and their families can thrive, free from poverty, and reach their full potential through community-led action. Discover more about our Bolivia programming below.  

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About Bolivia

Despite high economic growth and relatively low inflation, Bolivia’s most vulnerable groups – largely Indigenous people who represent close to half of the population – continue to experience discrimination that leads to greater food insecurity, poorer quality education, and less access to the health system compared to the general population.  
 
But together, we can tackle the root causes of poverty and homelessness among Bolivian children and youth by supporting them with early childhood care and development, good nutrition, and safe spaces to learn and grow – giving their families peace of mind. 
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The Challenges

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE &
CHILD / YOUTH EXPLOITATION

Bolivia has the highest rates of domestic violence and child sexual exploitation in Latin America. Children and youth are subjected to bullying and violence in school and at home. More than 60% of adolescents ages 15-18 experience some form of gender-based violence each year. Child labour is rampant and until recently was codified by law. Millions of Bolivian children are at risk of neglect and homelessness.

LACK OF ACCESS TO
HEALTH AND EDUCATION

Despite significant progress, Bolivia still has some of the highest rates of child and maternal mortality in the region, critical levels of malnutrition, and poor access to early childhood education. Rates of teen pregnancy and drop-out are high, especially among Indigenous girls. Parents and youth need support including education on positive parenting, nutrition, healthy masculinities, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

INDIGENOUS INEQUALITY
AND POVERTY

Bolivia’s Indigenous populations experience systemic disadvantages and bear the greatest burden of the widening gap between urban and rural infrastructure and services. While child poverty has been declining overall, levels of poverty still remain high for Indigenous children, youth and adults, who experience poorer health and wellbeing than the general population as a result.

Our Response

EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT, SCHOOL & AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

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You can help make it possible for girls to get a good education by:
  • Supporting safe, healthy, well-equipped schools, early childhood education centres and after-school centres
  • Encouraging youth involvement in clubs and extracurricular activities
  • Training educators and parents to address issues such as sexual and reproductive health and rights, sexual and gender-based violence, toxic masculinities and to promote positive parenting

NUTRITION, FOOD SECURITY & CLIMATE-ADAPTIVE FOOD PRODUCTION

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You can help improve family nutrition and food security by:
  • Targeting women’s involvement in climate-adaptive agricultural and horticulture initiatives
  • Offering seeds, supplies and training in vegetable production and urban agriculture to women
  • Helping women organize into vegetable producers’ associations
  • Delivering nutrition education to parents to inspire healthy eating and food preparation, dietary diversity, and the incorporation of fruits and vegetables into family diets

Youth & Women's Livelihoods

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Vocational, business skills and marketing training, and support for home-based businesses provide youth and women with options and increase family income. You will help women and youth pursue new business ventures by supporting initiatives that:
  • Offer business skills training, equipment and supplies to establish home-based businesses
  • Support mentorship, apprenticeship and occupational skills training
  • Link people to markets and distribution outlets to sell what they produce

TACKLING VIOLENCE TOWARDS GIRLS, WOMEN, YOUTH

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You will help address the root causes of violence towards women and children by supporting educators and opinion leaders to:
  • Engage parents and caregivers in community conversations, raising awareness and inspiring action to prevent SGBV
  • Promote healthy masculinities and teaching positive parenting in community workshops
  • Incorporate gender equality training in women’s income and livelihoods programs
  • Raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health and rights through school clubs and community dialogue for boys, girls, parents and caregivers

Thank you, BMO Employees, for sharing our commitment to helping children thrive.

For more information, please reach out to Fawad Iqbal at [email protected]
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Thank you for sharing our commitment to help children thrive!

For more information, please reach
out to Fawad Iqbal at
[email protected]