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Overview

Communities Communities
11 Communities
Community-Led Actions Community-Led Actions
67 Current Projects
People Served People Served
1,270 direct beneficiaries

BOLIVIA

Bolivia is known as one of the poorest countries in Latin America with almost 40% of its 11 million citizens living below the poverty line. In rural communities, this percentage jumps to almost 60%. Some of the most common issues identified by locals are poor access to nutritious foods, unsanitary kitchen and toilet conditions, and lack of clean water.

Outreach International began its work in Bolivia in 2000 and is currently working with 12 different communities throughout the country. We are making progress towards the current issues by helping install more sustainable irrigation, teaching hygienic living practices, and creating more clean water wells.

Outreach International began its work in Bolivia in 2000. We work in 11 communities, serving 1,270 people.

Future Farmers of Bolivia

Kids from a number of Outreach’s partner communities in Bolivia have been focusing on "field studies" recently, maintaining their schools' greenhouses to explore the nuances of crop cultivation, do some light gardening, and pose for some of the...

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Issues And Impact

One in every five people in Bolivia lack access to clean drinking water. With no other options, women and children often spend hours of their days collecting water for their families.

Helping teach communities to build wells and properly maintain them, Outreach has increased the amount of families who are able to access clean water five-fold.

Nearly 30 percent of the population of Bolivia is experiencing extreme hunger. The families we work with are coping with dangerously low levels of nutrition. Because some of the villages we serve are located high in the mountain tops, the winter season makes crop growth nearly impossible.

Since Outreach began working in Bolivia, we've taken great strides towards eliminating hunger in the population we serve. Now, nearly half of our communities have built vegetable gardens and greenhouses to sustain crop growth during the winter months.

In Bolivia, many women use native, traditional stoves in their homes, burning several pieces of wood over an open flame. Unaware of the health concerns, they subject themselves and their children to a smoke-filled house, and potentially, respiratory and eye diseases.

Outreach helps teach communities in Bolivia to build smokeless stoves, reducing 90-100 percent of smoke in homes. These stoves statistically decrease the amount of respiratory and eye diseases by 60-70 percent. Currently, nearly half of our Bolivian communities are using smokeless stoves.

Before Outreach International began working in Bolivia, only 6 percent of families had adequate income to care for their children and sustain their families needs. The average national daily income for families living below the poverty line in Bolivia is $1.25.

Outreach has implemented a revolving loan project and a vegetable garden project to increase income. Now, one-third of families are receiving 10 times more funds than ever before.

Each year, more than 1,400 acres of land is deforested in Bolivia, causing great concern for the communities we work in. The families in Outreach communities have named deforestation a top priority on their list of issues to address due to the damage to the environment and climate.

Since 2008, Outreach has been working to resolve deforestation, helping three communities plant more than 75,500 trees.

People And Communities

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In Bolivia, our vegetable garden projects allow families to eat nutritious foods and sell produce for income.
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By helping men and women build smokeless stoves, we're reducing respiratory and eye diseases.
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We're helping install running faucets to prevent two hour trips down the mountain in search of water.

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