Children’s ministry launch

Funding required: $8,550

This project will help: 150 children in Urbanización Nuevo Amanecer, Bolivia

Child development centre: BO0626, Filadelfia Nuevo Amanecer Child Development Centre

The community of Urbanización Nuevo Amanecer is located in the north region of Oruro, a city of just under half a million people in Bolivia. Children growing up here face a bleak future. Most families are migrants from surrounding rural regions who have moved to the area to find work. Most caregivers are employed as day labourers or street vendors, often earning barely enough to put a single meal on the table each day. Their living conditions are dire, and in many cases entire families share a single room.

Children here face significant barriers to education. The closest school is two kilometres away and students can only get there on foot. Due to their parents’ jobs, children are often left alone without any support or supervision of their schoolwork. Many drop out of school altogether. Children also lack access to health care. The nearest health centre is half an hour away on public transportation, and most families can’t afford the trip. When children get sick, parents turn to traditional remedies that can do more harm than good.

But the local church in Urbanización Nuevo Amanecer has a deep desire to reach out to their community with the transforming gospel of Christ and respond to some of the most pressing needs of children.

By opening a child development centre, children will have access to health care and will receive supplementary food as needed. Through your support they will also have the opportunity to go to school and receive vocational training, age-appropriate Christian teaching and discipleship, as well as education on important topics like health, hygiene and how to form healthy relationships. Along the way, they will also receive personal attention, guidance and love from caring members of the Christian community.

Real and lasting change happens when children are developed to become the adults who will create change in their community. In Compassion’s program, children learn they are loved, develop hope for their future and realize that God wants to use them to help others. These children grow up to be givers and leaders in their community.

Help children build a new future free from poverty and full of promise by launching a holistic children’s ministry!

Children’s ministry launch

Help a church in Bolivia open a holistic child development ministry.

Church name: Iglesia Filadelfia Nuevo Amanecer

Community information: Urbanización Nuevo Amanecer is a semi-urban community in the city of Oruro, Bolivia, that is home to 5,000 people. Most people work as day labourers, as street vendors or in domestic services. The average monthly income is about $271, but 8 per cent of the population is unemployed. Homes are made of tin roofs, brick or cement block walls and dirt floors. The main diet includes bananas, beef, bread, eggs, potatoes and rice. The community is predominantly Catholic, but most families rarely attend church and continue to observe many traditional, superstitious practices.

What is provided through this gift:

  • Child registration and caregiver orientation
    • Initial caregiver meeting
    • Camera
  • Administrative equipment and supplies
    • Office computer and printer
    • Office filing cabinets and shelves
    • Office desk and chair
    • Office supplies
  • Classroom furnishings and supplies
    • Tables, chairs, cabinets
    • Teaching resources and supplies
    • Curriculum printing
  • Kitchen furnishings and supplies
    • Storage cabinets and closets
    • Tables and chairs
    • Cups, bowls, cutlery
  • Health checkups and supplies
    • Height and weight measurement tools

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.