Bolivia

Justina Huarca shows faucets built for the community school in Suntía Grande settlement in Schacachi, Bolivia. Photo by Silverlight for CRS

Justina Huarca shows faucets built for the community school in Suntía Grande settlement in Schacachi, Bolivia. Photo by Silverlight for CRS

Stretching from the Andes Mountains to tropical Amazonia, Bolivia is a very diverse country. Although it has a large indigenous population, native peoples historically have lacked access to basic services and have been excluded from the political system.

Significant social and economic transformation began in Bolivia in 2006, and many changes designed to guarantee justice and equality for all were enshrined in the new Constitution, which took effect in 2009. Nevertheless, it is still difficult for the government to meet the entire population's needs for health care, agricultural services and education, especially in rural areas, where Catholic Relief Services works. CRS is currently working with experienced partners on several local projects focusing on water and sanitation, agricultural development and natural resource management.

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Stats

Population:10,631,486 (July 2014 est.)
Size:424,162 sq. mi.; slightly less than three times the size of Montana
People Served:3,824

History

Since 1955, Catholic Relief Services has worked with our partners in the Catholic Church to improve the quality of life of poor Bolivians. Whether providing housing, water and sanitation systems, agriculture assistance, or emergency response, our work in Bolivia strives to strengthen the capacity of the communities we serve to take control of their own development and achieve long-term change.

We work with primarily church partner institutions that respond to the country's social and political challenges. Through the years, CRS Bolivia has helped to improve the quality of life of thousands of Bolivians, shifting the focus from delivery of humanitarian assistance to an integral approach to development that strives to achieve long-term sustainability.

Partners

Diocese of El Alto Social Ministry and Caritas Office - El Alto
Loyola Cultural Action - Chuquisaca, Southern Bolivia
Fundación Jubileo

Programs

Agriculture
Civil Society and Governance
Disaster Response
Water and Sanitation
Other


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