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Fundacion Helping Hands - La Paz (Bolivia)

managed by L. Zarate (Communication)

About us

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:

Latest project news

Latest news

Newsletter January and February 2018

  L. Zarate  16 March 2018 at 03:18 PM

It’s BACK TO SCHOOL in La Paz. Our high school and elementary school students began February 5th and our university and technical students started shortly after. We have been ever so busy in the office interviewing our new students and re-registering our old students as they bring in their grades.

We have great news this month. Our deaf student, Gonzalo, who finished Gastronomy last December 2017, together with his deaf brother and two other friends, has now opened his own pizzeria, PIZZA FRAGATA  (Pizza of Silence) in La Paz. The Helping Hands team was unanimous in their evaluation that this was the best pizza they had ever tasted. For those of you who live in La Paz, or plan to visit, you can savor this delight in Miraflores, Mercado Haiti, Calle Haiti #1237, or visit their Facebook Page They are open from 5:00pm to 11:00pm.
Left to right: Linda, Gonzalo, Reyna, Fabiola, Janneth, Maria Rosa, Elba, Maria Eulogia


We are in great need of new sponsors for our many new students this year. Sponsorships start at $us 20 per month for high school students. Please visit our SPONSORSHIP page to meet our students needing sponsors.

Jiovani, one of our high school students, has won a soccer scholarship to train with one of Bolivia’s top teams, ALWAYS READY of the STRONGEST. However, he must go on the bus three times a week for almost two hours each way to reach the training stadium. Jiovani and his younger sister and brother are being raised by elderly grandparents who cannot provide the $US 20 per month for the transportation expenses. We are looking for a sponsor or some one-time donations to provide for Jiovani’s transportation.  Donations accepted at mydonate or betterplace.  
We also welcome one time donations at our mydonate site or the betterplace site as this gives us much flexibility in accepting new students.  One time donations supplement our sponsorships, our medical fund and our food supplementation program for our four families in need.  
ACTIVITIES OF THE MONTH  A big THANK YOU is well overdue for SEDEGES and the Mendez Arcos boys’ home who have provided us with their auditorium and sports facility for our monthly meetings. Our February meeting was a wonderful opportunity for our new students to integrate with the older students and also with the 20 boys of the Mendez Arcos home, as they are always invited to our activities. Our ice-breaker activities were very successful. Reyna and Dayana cooked for our first Wednesday lunch of the year.  Everyone brought something to eat at our APTHAPI in February.  Our former Linguistics student, Cristina, visited us with her new baby. Cristina graduated in 2016.  Happy Birthdays to students Jocelin, Nathaly, Denilson and Limber!!  See more pictures in our album January-February  
 | We thank every one of you for making this all possible!! 
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