Updates from El Alto project where Help Bolivia is focusing efforts.
As we start off the New Year, we take some time to reflect on the changes that happened in 2021 for the children and their families at the Tahuantinsuyo Community Centre.
Over the summer break (January/February), we continued to provide food bundles for the families who were still feeling the impact of the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bolivian government announced that school would be online for urban students, so in February wifi was installed at the Centre, and in March the Centre opened up for the children to access online classes. Rosalia began cooking meals for the families to take home, which was much appreciated by all.
Also in March the families received gifts of toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, and even crayons & colouring books from the U.S. based World Smiles Mission, with the colouring books being a big hit!
In April, thanks to our donors and a grant from the World Education Resource Institute, we began to at long last build the computer lab with the purchase of 4 used desk top computers and more tablets.
The children continued to come in for online classes only through May and June. In June the children went on a much needed walking adventure with the teachers and some parents. They were so pleased to get together again outdoors!
In July the hot lunch program resumed with the children eating at the Centre, although physically distanced.
In August the equipment for the sewing program was purchased, and in September two sewing classes began – one for parents, and one for the older students. Their first assignment was to make themselves PPE!
Also in September the Bolivian urban schools began a hybrid of in class instruction 2 to 3 days a week, coupled with online classes the rest of the time. The children continued to go to the Centre every day for lunch, and then either headed to school, or accessed their online classes.
In October we continued to build the computer lab thanks to a grant from The Fig Tree Foundation, which saw us add 6 desktop computers and a laptop. Digital literacy is more important than ever, and we are grateful to have been able to provide these tools to the Centre.
In November in the midst of a pandemic, we were able to resume all services for the children at the Centre which was very welcome by the children and families.
In December they wrapped up the school year with a Christmas Fiesta held inside the Centre, with music, dancing, food, and gifts! It was a good time held by all.
As always, we are deeply thankful for the support we receive for these children and their families. Together we are making a difference in their lives, and for that we are very grateful. Here’s hoping 2022 will bring more positive changes for these children and their families. Happy New Year!
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This Spring the last of the walls were built up and then had broken glass embedded at the top to deter robbery. Thank you to our donors who sponsored the security improvements!
Help Bolivia’s second project to help children-in-need has launched! This new program, located in the Villa Ingenio neighbourhood of El Alto, will run on Saturday afternoons, eventually becoming a five-day-a-week program as funding grows. Click on the pic above for a short video!
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