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:
News May and June were busy months again at Helping Hands. One of our exciting events was the visit of Sophia and Matt from England. Matt was a volunteer with the Project in 2003 when he was 18!! So lovely to see you both and have you for lunch at the office. A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU as well for Jasper, Jenn and Flinnfor their donation to help with fresh food for our five families. CONGRATULATIONS this month to four of our students, Nathaly, Jocelin, Israel and Lizeth for their pre-graduation ceremonies. They all graduate from high school this year.
HOW YOU CAN HELP FOR 2018
THANK YOU SO MUCH to our Canadian friend, a doctor, who is now sponsoring Genesis in her medical studies. We would like to HIGHLIGHT another one of our medical students, Rita, who is now in her 7th semester of studies. Rita needs 83 Euros a month to pay for her rent and transportation. Help for one month, or any amount whatsoever, would be great. Donations can be made on Betterplaceor Mydonate.
Only 60 euros to go to complete our budget for fresh food for our five families for 2018. To see some of our families with their food supplementation go to Betterplace . THANK YOU SO MUCH!
ACTIVITIES OF THE MONTH
See our grade 5 students, Daniel and Deivis, in the blue and white hats, as they dance at their school anniversary celebrations in their village.
At our May meeting,Carlos led our theatre workshop on different forms of harassment. Sonia played the part of an overbearing and intolerant teacher.
Our June meeting was at the “House of Nobody”, in Spanish, “La Casa de les Ningunes” and was all about taking care of the environment for our future. You might want to glance at several of these pictures to see the home made solar panel, what 2080 might be like, or how to make a homemade dry shampoo.
On May 20th, 18 of our mothers enjoyed a Mother’s Day tea with gifts of flowers, chocolate and food supplies. Our good friend Marcelo from Marie Stoppes spoke to the ladies about birth control. The mothers enjoyed this talk so much that they asked for another talk…this time on the menopause.
See more pictures in our album May-June
We thank every one of you for making this all possible!!