Bolivia is a landlocked Latin-American country bordered to the East by Brazil, the West by Peru and Chile, and the South by Argentina and Paraguay. Bolivia has over ten million inhabitants, roughly 34% of whom are under age fifteen. A country with extremely high income inequality.
Defence for Children International – Bolivia, located in Cochabamba, was established in 1985. The organization has five offices throughout the country, comprising of twenty-seven full-time workers and around five volunteers.
DCI Bolivia currently covers two main activities:
- Promotion of leadership and social participation of children and adolescents.
- Advocacy work establishing conditions to ensure the realization of human rights.
Furthermore, DCI Bolivia is engaged with projects that work to improve children’s education, including the establishment of various Student Centres that serve as a forum for dialogue and participation. DCI Bolivia also organises meetings of children throughout the country, known as “Las Brigadas,” or The Brigades, the goal of which is to foster collaboration and innovative thinking with the aim of building a more just society. Through initiatives such as these, DCI Bolivia has demonstrated its commitment to giving children opportunities to express their interests and needs, and for these to be heard and taken into due consideration.
In recent years, DCI Bolivia is also working to promote the approval of two draft laws concerning:
- The juvenile justice system (LJJS)
- Childhood and Adolescence Code (CCA)
Both of these legal instruments are awaiting to be considered and approved by parliament; once adopted and implemented, the lives of children in Bolivia will surely be improved with their rights further promoted and protected.
To contact DCI Bolivia and learn more about its current work, email: firstname.lastname@example.org