Read: Latest news from BoliviaBolivia is a land of extremes in many categories. One of its extremes is poverty. In fact, Bolivia is the poorest country in South America. Over 60% of the population in Bolivia are of indigenous heritage, including Aymará, Quechua, Guaraní and over 30 other ethnic groups. Over half of these indigenous groups live in extreme poverty.
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Have a 35-Mile-Long DrinkHuayconi, Bolivia Community water systems have been one of the most important technologies for villages in Bolivia to access safe drinking water. The CHOICE team has become expert in the implementation process. This year working side-by-side with villagers, CHOICE completed the largest water system ever in the region. Imagine hand-trenching 35 miles of pipe at 13,000 ft elevation just to have clean water! Huayconi, Bolivia is a motivated village.just the kind CHOICE loves to work with.
Learning with VegetablesBatallas, Bolivia After pilot testing and studying the impact of this new innovation to school room construction, the municipal government of Batallas, in collaboration with the CHOICE team, has determined that all their future schools will be built with this design. By turning one of the walls into greenhouse panels and allowing for gardens to be planted inside the schoolroom, children find themselves warm, comfortable and inspired for learning amongst vegetables they themselves are growing for their own school lunches. Teachers are seeing dramatic increases in classroom participation, focus and a huge improvement on their national exam results.
CHOICE Humanitarian Center Ready for BusinessViacha, Bolivia The CHOICE Humanitarian Center located in Viacha, Bolivia has undergone a complete remodeling and re-construction process. It is furnished and ready to host interns, expeditions, partner NGO's and other visitors. The Center is now a self-sufficient income generating revenue source for the surrounding community. It is available for a very modest rent to NGOs and other organizations to hold workshops, retreats and other events. In July of 2010, the Center hosted its first CHOICE Humanitarian expedition keeping them cozy and warm during those frigid winter nights in the Altiplano.
Economic Development - We Can Build ItViacha, Bolivia A new CHOICE Humanitarian fabricating workshop is under construction. The workshop will increase production rates of village partner teams to fabricate hand-pumps, greenhouse structures, maintain vehicles and build a variety of equipment needed for village projects.