Compassion Bolivia

Before starting the long journey home, the team was able to visit the Compassion Bolivia offices.  There we got a peak behind the curtain and a thorough overview of how Compassion Bolivia works.  They were overly forthcoming about any and all of their practices, and it was a very enlightening experience.

A few fun facts from the director and staff:

There are 63 projects (aka. CDCs) in Cochabamba.

There are approximately 90,000 sponsored children in Bolivia.

They received approximately 70,000 letters in the months of February and March (the photo below shows two of the four walls dedicated to letters needing translation).

Approximately 30% of their staff are former sponsor children.

Throughout the week, and reiterated here, was the fact that receiving letters from sponsors is so important to the children.  The staff at Compassion who were formerly sponsored said that receiving letters meant hope and they are even more valuable than meeting their sponsor in person.  Compassion staff admitted that the turnaround on letters can be a month or more, but reminded us that letters are not only translated, but printed and filed for record keeping as well as screened for child protection issues.   It was also interesting to learn this week that like most educational programs, the children here have limited time with program tutors and implementation staff. This is often the time that letters are completed, especially for the younger children who can’t write on their own. So if you’ve been waiting for a while for a letter from your child, do not lose hope! Their time with Compassion is being used wisely and hopefully you’ll receive a letter soon!
 
Up next…we’re homeward bound!

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Photographs:

They received approximately 70,000 letters in the months of February and March (the photo below shows two of the four walls dedicated to letters needing translation).

The second photo shown here is part of a philosophical presentation they provided us today. The photographs and text underneath show that when you replace lies (M) with the truth (V) you can grow stronger trees and bear more fruit. That’s what they’re trying to do in the lives of the children here.