managed by L. Zarate (Communication)
The Fundacion Helping Hands - La Paz (Bolivia) became an official organization in October 2014. At that time it took over the running of the Helping Hands Project that had been run since 2004 by two volunteers, Linda Zarate and Marion Ibañez. The mission of our organization is to open educational opportunities to Bolivian youth of very limited economic resources. We receive many young people from local orphanages and other projects for youth at risk.
This year, 2015, we support the studies of 90 students, both girls and boys, mainly in post-secondary programmes of study in technical institutes and in local universities. We sometimes assist high school students to finish their high school diploma. At the moment we have 7 students in high school.
Besides the assistance we give to our students for the payment of universities fees, transportation, rent, food or school materials, we also provide free medical and dental care. To encourage integral personal development for the students we have obligatory monthly meetings with guest speakers who can give orientation and information to the students on such topics as responsibility, personal care, reproductive and sexual health, environmental concerns, Human Rights, and citizenship. In our office we provide computers and internet for the use of the students and the option to print out school assignments.
Our Social Worker makes home visits to new students and repeat visits whenever the need arises. She also helps to organize social events in the office for healthy recreation for the students. A good part of our mission is to broaden the horizons of our young people and help them realize their dreams of a better future.
The Helping Hands Project was originally run only by two volunteers, but the Project has grown to the point that we now employ an Assistant Director, a Social Worker, an Auxiliary Accountant and a Messenger. Our staff spends a lot of personal time with our students and keeps the students up to date on the monthly requirements they must fulfill for the Project, such as medical checkups, dental checkups, communication with sponsors, presentation of grades, etc.
2015 has been a challenging year for Helping Hands as our official status requires much more paperwork and fulfillment of government requirements and reports. However with our staff additions we are able to meet these demands.
The Fundacion Helping Hands- La Paz (Bolivia) is looking forward to many years of helping underprivileged Bolivia youth become professionals and productive citizens thereby breaking the cycle of poverty, giving their families a more sustainable future.
This organisation cooperates with the Maecenata Foundation:
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WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY HEALTHY NEW YEAR 2018 FULL OF JOY AND SUCCESS What a busy two months at the end of the school year. Many graduations and activities. Congratulations to our graduated students: Claudia-High School, Ericka-Accounting, Grober-Physical Education Teacher, Sonia and Eva-High School, Omar-English, Karen Nathaly-Psychology and Marina-Entrepreneurship. Last year we were very proud to have 27 students finish their programmes of study. 21 of the finishing students were girls this year and 7 were boys. We are excited to have so many girls taking advantage of the opportunity to study. We invite you to see our Christmas party photos where many of our students performed dances, skits, and songs marking the culmination of our school year. Check out the Salay dance, an older dance that has been revived, Caporales, the Mimes, performed by two of our students and their daughters, and some of our students’ children. WE SEND OUR HEARTFELT THANKS TO ALL OF OUR COLLABORATORS WHO MADE 2017 A SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR SO MANY STUDENTS.
HOW YOU CAN HELP FOR 2018 We are still registering new students as the school year begins on February 5th, and we expect to enroll about 10 new high school students and 15 new post-secondary students. Our next newsletter will have a complete list of the new students, including two new students from Sorata. We hope that some of our friends will consider sponsoring a high school student for about $US 20 per month. This year we hope to build up a better medical fund as we ran short last year. One time donations toward our medical fund are always so welcome. Please click on Betterplace or mydonate to give a helping hand to our medical fund.
ACTIVITIES OF THE MONTH THANK YOU Pedro and Juanita for inviting us to your organic vegetable farm for our November meeting about “Masculinity and the Patriarchal System”. How interesting for all our students to visit the greenhouses. Thank you and farewell to Enrique our volunteer from Spain who was part of the team for three months helping with fund-raising. Congratulations to Eva on the birth of her beautiful baby girl. See more pictures in our album November- December.
We thank every one of you for making this all possible!!