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Bolivia, Plurinational State of


In Bolivia, working towards a brighter future for children

POTOSÍ, Bolivia, 6 May 2014 – Echoing the words of a mural behind him at his school in Potosí, 11-year-old Roberto Canaza believes that education will provide a good foundation for his life. “I want to study agronomy, in order to care for plants, animals and the environment,” he says.

Young Bolivians on working in one of the world's most dangerous mines
POTOSÍ, Bolivia, 11 June 2011 – Thirteen-year-old Agustin Leandro's life revolves around mining. He lives in a shack right outside the entrance to a mine shaft at the famous Cerro Rico mine in the city of Potosí, where he worked two hard years digging for ore from the age of nine.

German's story: Swapping sugar cane fields for school in Bolivia
SAN JUAN DEL CARMEN, Bolivia, 10 June 2011 – In the shadow of a sea of sugar cane fields, German Tumpanillo, 13, rattles off what he likes about his new community.

Communal banks extend credit, empower women and build equity in rural Bolivia
POCOATA, Bolivia, 23 May 2011 – It takes money to make money. Just ask Pilar Rueda, 38, a Quechua mother of two from this remote rural town in the Bolivian department of Potosí. She and much of her community have lifted themselves out of extreme poverty through ‘Bancos Comunales’ – Communal Banks – an innovative project developed by UNICEF.

UNICEF Executive Board visits development programmes in Bolivia
CHUÑU CHUÑUNI, Bolivia, 27 April 2011 – Officers of the UNICEF Executive Board this month received a first-hand look at how their efforts are helping to improve the lives of children in the poorest country in South America.

A woman living with HIV works to prevent mother-to-child transmission in Bolivia
LA PAZ, Bolivia, 8 August 2008 - María Isabel is a 23-year-old mother living with HIV/AIDS. She thought her son might also be HIV-positive and there was some initial confusion about his status. Eventually, she agreed to have him tested.

Child-friendly schools give hope to a young girl in El Alto, Bolivia
EL ALTO, Bolivia, 6 August 2007 – Mariela Mamani lives in Villa Tunari, one of the most populous areas in El Alto, Bolivia. In the vast neighborhoods that seem pressed into the soil of the high plain, it is easy to get lost.

Bolivia’s worst floods in decades displace families and disrupt children’s lives
NEW YORK, USA, 12 March 2007 – Much of Bolivia’s department of Beni today lies underwater. Since December, heavy rains have caused major rivers to overflow in the area, destroying crops, drowning cattle and isolating communities.

Health insurance for children and mothers slows child mortality in Bolivia
NEW YORK, USA, 14 September 2006 – An estimated 2.5 million children in Bolivia live in poverty. It lies at the root of the sickness and malnutrition that cause the vast majority of deaths among children under five. Many live miles from the nearest health services and can’t afford the cost of care.

Reducing child deaths: Geography and cultural barriers are the major obstacles
LA PAZ, Bolivia, 8 October 2004 – Arminda has two boys and always longed to have a little girl. Now her daughter, Judith Mariels, is five months old. Judith, like her two brothers, was born at home. Arminda did not receive any prenatal care; she believed that, as an member of the indigenous Aymaras ethnic group, she would face mistreatment and discrimination at most health centres.




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