What do Bolivians hope for when it comes to their communities and families? Check out what ideas they’ve shared with me about the future!
- High-quality health care for their children
- Stop and reverse child malnutrition in their communities
- Higher wages for the products they produce
- That their special needs children are loved and treated well
- For Women’s Empowerment groups to continue to work towards gender equality
Sound familiar? The more I travel, the more I feel that people around the world are surprisingly alike.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
Photo copyright 2011 Amy Conner for World Vision.
Sadly, the children with special needs in Bolivia might be overlooked. There can be many reasons for this. The parents might work and be away from their children. Another possibility could be that they suffer from drug addiction. They might love their beautiful child but just not know how to care for their little one.
Local Bolivians that work for World Vision are trying to change the lives of these kids that need extra support and attention.
We recently went to one community where a 12 year-old boy named Arturo lived without being able to hear for over 10 years. World Vision workers wanted give him a hearing aid. At last, through World Vision Sponsorship, they were able to afford a hearing aid for him.
Arturo was so happy to be able to hear that he almost cried immediately after he started wearing his hearing aid! His Grandmother was in the room for the big event, and the whole community celebrated this moment together. Needless to say, it was an incredible experience to watch this child hear for the first time.
Watch the video of Arturo and his Grandmother after he received his hearing aid.
Check out the moments we’ve captured in Bolivia – and be sure to check back for more photos of our journey! Photos copyright 2011 Amy Conner for World Vision.
A Bolivian Greeting!
Our Bloggers and World Vision Staff
A Young Student Leads a Bible Study
A Sponsor Meets Her Child and His Mother
I have arrived in Bolivia. It’s cold. I’m freezing. And it’s awesome to be here.
Our first day marked an incredible tour of the World Vision sites in the Cochabamba area, which lies in the vast mountains of Bolivia. We swiftly traveled to a school where many young children greeted us with shy smiles and happy voices.
As the bloggers and I stepped into the schoolroom the children gave a short Bible study. (If you have never been to a Bible study that is led by children, I highly recommend it). One girl of about 11 years old walked to the front and read a verse about a mustard seed. The seed starts small, but oh, watch what it can do!
Comes from Matthew 17:20
New Living Translation (©2007)
Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
The small mustard seed parable reminded me of a precious child; it can expand and grow into something incredible that can affect the world. A child, just like the mustard seed, can be a part of doing the impossible.
I was moved by this reflection and considered how caring for a child, whether in Bolivia or anywhere else, is vital not only for today but also for tomorrow. Children grow up to be the social changers of the future. Children grow up to bring their own brave ideas into reality.
In their own time, children eventually can move mountains of their own.