Bolivia - NGO Enda Tiers Monde
The NGO Enda Tiers Monde in El Alto, near La Paz, offers street children a space of their own where they can further their education, regain strength, confidence and self-esteem.
Social and economic instability in Bolivia has created many new risks for lower income groups. According to recent data, almost 18 per cent of children are not attending school regularly and more and more are being driven to live on the streets. In 1988, in order to face this already dramatic situation and help children escape exploitation and negative behavioural patterns, an institution proposing new pedagogical methods was created by the NGO Enda Tiers Monde in El Alto, near La Paz. It aimed to offer street children a space of their own where they could regain strength, confidence and self-esteem.
Since then, Enda has regularly welcomed young boys and girls, giving them basic education and training in various areas such as art, manual skills and sports. Small workshops exist where children can gain new experiences for the future while working in close contact with their estranged families. This strategy has proved very efficient and the results encouraging. Presently, two centres are open and looking after nearly 200 young children and teenagers.
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