75 years of work can tell you a lot of things, hundreds of success stories, day to day experiences and a lot of satisfaction, mainly because ChildFund represents hope in the hearts of thousands of children and their families.
In April 2014 children are protagonist in Bolivia, due to National Children´s Day on the 12th of April. At the same time ChildFund Bolivia and their local partners combined this national event with their 75 year anniversary and so everyone got into the spirit of celebration!
Our local partners in Santa Cruz kicked off the celebration with an oral hygiene campaign, which saw each child been given a dental checkup and free toothbrush, of course after eating the 75th Anniversary birthday cake! The entire community of the local partner Villa Alegre got together to share a celebration among with doctors and dentists who carried out medical checkups with over 1700 children, with the help of 100 students and 15 teachers from Ecologic National University.
In Cochabamba, our 5 local partners from peri-urban and rural area took part in the “Sponsorship Olympic Games” where more than 120 children and their families played together and developed many activities where they could learn more things about sponsorship procedures; games as “letter’s bingo”, “crosswords” or “small photographers in action” captured children’s attention.
The National Office in La Paz also performed two main activities, on Sunday the 13th of April, more than 700 children, youth, family members and technicians marched through the streets of the city with banners and signs against violence and exploitation, this was a walk organized for the global campaign “Free From Violence” and we had the support of national police department and “Las Cebras de La Paz” a group of Citizenship Mentors from local government. At the end of our ten block walk, we held an exhibition fair with information about Free From Violence campaign and ChildFund programs.
Finally, on April 15th we had our main event, with government and other NGOs representatives, it was a warm and friendly afternoon with children, parents, NO staff and other friends of the organization to celebrate our 75th anniversary. That day we gave awards to key people and organizations who work for children and their rights, such as Isabel Mesa and Oscar Alfaro who are nationally recognized as Bolivian authors for children; TV youth programs like “Sexual Community” or PICA (Programas Inteligentes con adolescentes) a daily ten minute TV segment for youth by youth; “Las Cebras de La Paz” who educate children in schools with citizenship values and culture and finally the musical foundation “Bolivia Clásica” due to their work with poor children and musical instruction as a tool for leadership. Our National Director, Wendy McFarren presented a remembrance of our 75 years of work and the programs we implement in Bolivia, as well as the results of the global contest “Small Voices, Big Dreams” to the media and all our guests.