Project #218 Supporting Child Survivors of Sexual Violence in Bolivia
Our partnership with A Breeze of Hope
Bolivia has the highest rates of sexual violence against women and girls in South America (Pan American Health Organization, 2012 & 2019). In partnership with Bolivia’s Ministry of Health, A Breeze of Hope conducted research on sexual violence rates in Bolivia, finding that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys are sexually abused before age 18. What’s more, Bolivia’s Human Rights Defense Agency reported that 7 in 10 women suffer sexual violence during their lifetime, most during childhood and adolescents and that less than 2% of persons charged with sexual offenses are convicted. The living situation of child survivors in Bolivia is grave. Poverty, a collapsed and underfunded judicial system, endemic corruption, and cultural trends that romanticize gender-based violence all conspire to produce a social context that suppresses girls’ voices, making it extremely difficult to seek justice and professional services. A Breeze of Hope is currently the only specialized center in Cochabamba, Bolivia offering a full range of professional services to these children.
One Day’s Wages partnered with A Breeze of Hope Foundation to restore the lives of child survivors of sexual violence. By providing free support services to over 250 child survivors each year, A Breeze of Hope ensures that these children have the tools and support they need to rebuild their self-esteem and dream of a brighter future. But most of all, A Breeze of Hope gives these precious children the support, safety, and space they need to be children again. In this partnership, A Breeze of Hope Foundation helped these precious survivors by providing 70 children with the high-quality support they needed to heal from trauma’s wounds and recover the emotional freedom and spontaneous joy of childhood.
Our Collective Impact
Total Children Involved in Self Esteem Focus Groups
Total Children Involved in Vocational Training Courses
Total Children Received Educational Assistance
Jacky first came to FUBE in late 2016 after having suffered years of rape at the hands of her paternal uncle. During her first several months at FUBE, Jacky suffered from severe depression and struggled to start and finish even relatively simple tasks. Eating a whole meal was difficult for her. August 9, 2017, Bolivia’s national day against sexual violence, marked a new beginning for her. During FUBE’s annual walk in solidarity with survivors, Jacky found her voice and discovered healing in advocacy. Ever since she has participated regularly in information fairs, workshops for elementary and high school students, and radio and TV interviews. In 2019, Jacky began her job skills training courses at CUBE, while also attending classes at Universidad de San Simon in Cochabamba. Today, Jacky is an active member of the Youth Network Against Sexual Violence (Red Convise). She has grown into a tireless advocate for women and girls’ rights. This past August 9th, she was the lead organizer for the national day against sexual violence. Thanks to her efforts, over 46,000 people connected for an evening of solidarity on Facebook Live.
Starting in 2020, Jacky has been in charge of one of FUBE’s newest and most impactful healing programs: Healthy Eating for Healthy Living (explained below in question 3c). She has shown total commitment to this program and has taken charge. She recruited survivor families to participate in the program. She is also (1) organizing the logistics of the program, including the purchasing and distributing of food supplies to participating families; (2) managing the program’s Zoom platform and online enrollment; (3) conducting follow up calls for participating families; and (4) administering evaluations after course sessions. The experience of administering this August 9th and this new program has given Jacky the opportunity to be an agent of change for survivors of sexual violence. Her leadership is connecting survivor families to the resources and knowledge they need to make healthy life decisions that make trauma recovery easier and more sustainable. As Jacky likes to say, “Make healthy food, do exercise, and advocate. It makes life feel good!”
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
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