The Help Bolivia Foundation was founded by Matt and Lydia Hill following a trip to Bolivia in March 2018. The foundation was incorporated in Alberta, Canada on May 22, 2018, and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Help Bolivia also employs one Employee in Bolivia. Volunteers in Canada assist us with fundraising and events. On June 4th, 2019 Help Bolivia Foundation became a registered Canadian charity.
Recognizing the immense needs of the Bolivian people living in extreme poverty, particularly the children, Help Bolivia is focusing its efforts on alleviating this poverty by providing programs that support the nutritional and educational needs of underprivileged children, as well as training programs for underprivileged women and youth.
Matt is a Founder and the President of HELP Bolivia Foundation, and has many years of project management experience and a passion for landscape photography. While raising three children with Lydia, he volunteered with 1st Airdrie Beaver Scouts, coached in the local children’s soccer league, and helped the local food bank. A trip to Bolivia in 2018 sparked a passion to do something for the children and families of El Alto to help them realize their potential and overcome challenges they face in Bolivia today.
Lydia is a Founder and the Secretary of HELP Bolivia Foundation. She has been involved in charity work and non-profits since 1997, has sat on several charity boards helping children in developing nations, and was an active volunteer with UNICEF for 15 years. Lydia’s interest in Bolivia started with a research paper about Bolivia in the late 1990s. Soon after she and Matt began sponsoring Bolivian children, and helping Bolivian women entrepreneurs with micro loans. Lydia works in the specialized area of Aboriginal law on behalf of First Nations, and is very familiar with the social issues that are found in marginalized communities.
Heidi is a recent business graduate of Bow Valley College, and joined the Board of Directors in February 2019. Ever since she was a child she has been volunteering and fundraising for various organizations, including UNICEF, the Salvation Army, the Airdrie Food Bank, and Tails to Tell Animal Rescue. At 17 she organized a cancer head-shaving fundraising campaign for Kids Care Cancer and Angel Hair for Kids. With a passion for making a difference in this world, Heidi is excited to be a part of HELP Bolivia, and looks forward to working with the team to find the best way to make the biggest impact for a group of kids.
Kristy joined the Board in April 2020, following a trip to Bolivia with Matt and Lydia. Born in England and raised in Canada, Kristy knew she was privileged right from the start. When she heard about the creation of Help Bolivia, she immediately became a monthly donor, and jumped at the chance to visit the project in El Alto in 2020. She saw first hand the impact her donation and Help Bolivia were making, and the children found a place in her heart. Kristy is determined to help the children in El Alto thrive, and is excited and honoured to be on the Board.
Bob is a writer and blogger who volunteers as a writing mentor for developmentally challenged adults as part of the Long Table Creative, and works at events for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, often as a photographer. He has experience on the boards of non-profit and charitable organizations including the Alexandra Writers and Silver Springs Community Association. But, he’s keen to become involved outside of Canada and is excited about the opportunity HELP Bolivia offers to children in need.
Sabrina joined the Board in September 2019. She is an educator who feels strongly that all children, regardless of background or ability, deserve the right to a quality education. Previously, she has worked with refugees, helping to resettle them and provide access to post-secondary education. She is excited to be involved with HELP Bolivia because she knows that this organization is making a direct impact in the lives of the kids who need it the most.
Sabrina began volunteering with HELP Bolivia Foundation in February 2019.
Jenifer is the Treasurer of HELP Bolivia Foundation. She joined the Board in March 2019.
Jenifer believes that those of us who are lucky enough to have been born into the luxury of the western world owe a helping hand to those less fortunate. She believes that helping others, in whatever way, enhances our own lives. She has been involved in volunteer work for two decades.
Education is the way out! Children can't learn without food. It is a simple equation, food equals learning equals a way out of poverty for the entire family.
Daniel Orgaz administers and implements Help Bolivia Foundation's programs at the Tahuantinsuyo Community Centre. Daniel has been involved in non profit work for many years, and is pleased to offer his expertise to Help Bolivia Foundation. Help Bolivia Foundation hired Daniel in March 2019.