Latest update

Bolivia has made great strides in the fight against poverty over the last two decades. However, income inequality remains severe. Compassion’s holistic child development programs are designed to be adapted to suit the local context and needs. In Bolivia, the current primary areas of focus for our church partners are:

  • Developing flexible ways to continue meeting the needs of children in poverty through virtual learning or home-based program delivery
  • Protecting vulnerable children from abuse and exploitation
  • Helping students catch up on education missed during the pandemic

Watch the latest video update from Bolivia below to learn more.

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Country update

How is Compassion currently operating in Bolivia?

  • Are Compassion centres open?

    Currently, most child development centres in Bolivia are back to to their usual activities. Some are slowly transitioning back to larger group gatherings to ensure they abide by their local COVID-19 restrictions. Staff members continue to call families and visit homes where possible.

  • Are children receiving letters?

    Letters are currently being delivered in Bolivia, although delivery to and from your sponsored child may take a bit longer than normal while staff work through the backlog of letters sent during COVID-19 lockdown periods.

    We encourage you to keep writing to your sponsored child, as your words of hope bring joy, connection and lasting impact in a child's life. Thank you for your ministry!

  • Are gifts being delivered?

    Gifts continue to be distributed in Bolivia. Local workers will meet with the child and family to determine the best use of the gift and ensure it meets their greatest need.

How you can pray

Thank you for praying for the children, families and local churches we serve in Bolivia.

Please join us in praying for the following:

  • Pray that Rosa's husband will find a stable job that allows him to provide for his family.
  • Pray that God will comfort and provide for Danielly, as she recently lost her husband and has three small children.
  • Pray for strength and perseverance for local staff as they serve families in poverty in their communities.
  • Pray for direction for Compassion Bolivia leaders as they make decisions to help as many children as possible be released from poverty in Jesus’ Name.
  • Pray for wisdom for the Bolivian government so they may care for the needs of all people.
  • Pray that God would restore economic stability to Bolivia.
Providing support in Bolivia

Providing support in Bolivia

At her local church in Bolivia, Claudia is the only person approved to travel around her community and provide care for Compassion assisted children. Her work is crucial. Many neighbourhood children are vulnerable to abuse, especially during a lockdown.   Read more open_in_new


Please note: Due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some child development centres in Bolivia are still meeting in small groups. Our local church partners continue to meet the urgent needs of the children through home-based care as needed.

A snapshot of Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in Bolivia

Compassion’s program is contextualised across countries and communities, as well as age groups.

  • Children aged 1 to 3 receive home-based care.
  • Children aged 3 to 14 visit the Compassion centre for four hours a day, two days a week.
  • Students aged 15 and older attend the centre for four hours a day, two days a week.

Compassion Program Activities in Bolivia

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Compassion assisted children in Bolivia typically attend program activities at their local child development centre before or after school. Here is an example of what a typical program day looks like for children in Bolivia.

Devotional time - Children are taught to pray.

Spiritual lessons - Children sing songs and learn Bible stories.

Break and snack time - Children can play in a safe environment and develop friendships. A snack often consists of an egg sandwich with tea, fruit shake with crackers, fruit salad, or bread.

Social-emotional lessons - Children learn conflict resolution skills and how to develop healthy self-esteem and a godly character. Children often come from challenging home environments and are taught social and personal skills.

Lunch and social time - Children generally receive a snack and lunch at the centre twice a week. The meals typically consist of vegetable soup, a lentil burger, salad, rice, dessert and apple juice.

Health lessons - Children learn practical health and hygiene tips.

Letter writing and career planning - Older children work with local staff to identify their strengths and interests and set goals for their future.

Children are encouraged to join in sports teams, church and regional retreats and service activities (available for adolescents 12 years and older) such as cleaning up town squares and painting. Students can elect vocational training skills, such as computer literacy, pastry making, dressmaking and English.

The greatest needs impacting children living in poverty in Bolivia


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A scenic landlocked nation, Bolivia is home to an astounding 40 per cent of the world’s animal and plant species. With 36 different indigenous people groups, this nation has a vibrant culture. Families are very tight knit, with many generations often living together in the same house.

Bolivia has made strong social and economic gains in the past two decades. In fact, it has been South America’s strongest-growing economy in that time. 2020 was a year of much political change for the nation. Former President Evo Morales resigned in 2019, following weeks of unrest over disputed election results.

As a member of the Aymara indigenous majority and with a background in a coca growers’ union, President Evo Morales was elected in 2005 on a platform of reform, workers’ rights, and advocacy for the poor and marginalised.

He renationalised the oil and gas industries and used the subsequent income to invest in social programs, lifting millions of people out of poverty. Between 2000 and 2015, the proportion of Bolivians living on less than US$3.20/day fell from 42 per cent to 12.9 per cent, and the number living in extreme poverty (less than US$1.90/day) improved even more dramatically.

Jeanine Anez, a conservative senator, assumed the presidency on an interim basis after Morales stepped down. Elections were delayed by the COVID pandemic until October 2020, when the Mas socialist party were elected into power. President Luis Acre officially took office in Bolivia in November 2020.

Meanwhile, many children still live in poverty. Rates of infant mortality, income inequality and illiteracy remain extremely high in rural indigenous communities. Challenges facing the nation include climate change, sex trafficking and forced labour, abuse and drug addiction.

Yet local churches are working hard to reach the most vulnerable families with the love of Jesus and a hope for their future.

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