Bolivia

Bolivia
Bolivia
Bolivia
An image of Bolivia Where Bolivia is in the world.

Bolivia is the highest country in South America but it is also one of the poorest. It has the Amazon rainforest crossing through the country.

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La Paz

Compassion has been working in Bolivia since 1975.

Spanish

Basic Spanish:

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Bienvenidos
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Gracias
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Chao/ Hasta luego

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Jaguar

Jaguars eat a huge variety of prey, from large mammals such as deer, to small birds and fish.

As with all countries, there isn't just one style of house; however, many homes in rural areas are made with adobe, which is a mixture of mud and straw.

Living conditions

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10.4 million

66,653 children are currently attending Compassion projects in Bolivia.

Most Bolivians have very little money and have to grow enough food for their families to live on.

People from all over the world want to buy tropical wood from countries like Bolivia and many of the trees have now been chopped down, leaving the land desert-like. Many animals that depend on the trees to survive are dying out with no-where to live, and people who once lived under the canopy of the trees, relying on them for shelter and food, are struggling in poverty.

Read about Denis and his dreams!

Every child sponsored through Compassion has dreams and hopes for the future. They are encouraged to write these in a personal workbook called ‘My Plan for Tomorrow’. My Plan for Tomorrow is a place where children of all ages can write down their vision, mission, purpose and goals.

Denis Condo Flores is 18 years old and really found it helpful to think through a clear plan for his future.

Denis has been sponsored since he was 7 years old. “What I like the most is that at the project they teach us to do what we learn at school or what we do in any place, but with God. If I wasn’t here I don’t know what I would do regarding God, I don’t know if I would have looked for Him before or if I would find Him later. I also learned to serve with my studies and will later serve with my profession, that’s the most important thing, what helps me the most until now,” says Denis.

When Denis first started filling out My Plan for Tomorrow, it was like self-discovery. The questions helped him get to know himself.

“There are questions about what you want to do in the future. After some time you look at it and review what you have done. I feel very happy to accomplish the objectives or sometimes I realise I am changing something so I have to guide myself with that. It has been a very useful planning tool for life,” says Denis.

Denis is following the path he traced for himself while depending on God for every step. He wants to be the best but is holding onto God’s hand. Denis’ goals from My Plan for Tomorrow are not very far away from being achieved; he is accomplishing and living his plan today.

[Story and photos by Galia Oropeza, BO Field Communication Specialist]

Why don’t you try writing your own ‘My Plan for Tomorrow’?

Pray for children at Compassion projects in Bolivia to be free from poverty.

Pray that the governments of South American countries would protect the Amazon Rainforest and recognise the importance of treating it carefully.

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Bolivian boliviano

The boliviano is divided into 100 cents.

Compassion has 204 projects in Bolivia.

How can we make sure we look after our environment?

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We are responsible for taking care of the earth. God put us in charge. How can we help to protect the earth? When things go wrong, such as the climate changing, it’s always the poorest people who suffer most.

Genesis 1:29-31 - Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.’ And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

In Bolivia, lunch is the main meal and is usually served with soup.

Recipe: Chuno

a soup eaten by the Aymara Indians of the high country

Chuno Ingredients (adult help needed)
  • 2 cups of chopped lamb or chicken
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • Paprika and salt to taste

Cook all ingredients in the chicken broth for 30 minutes. Enjoy with bread.

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Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat and is located in southwest Bolivia. It is 4,086 square miles in size.

My dad always wanted a Jaguar. Well, I bought him one. Wow, what did he say?

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Not a lot, it ate him!

Information sources: The CIA World Fact Book 2011, Compassion International, Human Development Report, BBC Nature, Wikipedia