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, with 1 in 3 girls experiencing sexual abuse before age 18.  Bolivia’s Human Rights Defense Agency reports that 7 in 10 Bolivian women suffer sexual violence during their lifetime, but 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. Through our partnership, 70 children were supported with legal advocacy, counseling, education support and vocational training.  These services supported child survivors to rebuild their self-esteem, experience a safe space to be children again, and dream of a brighter future. 

Our Collective Impact

Children Received Recovery and Rehabilitation Services

People Directly Impacted

Children Received Educational & Vocational Support

Meet Graciela

Graciela 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, Graciela suffered from severe depression and struggled to start and finish even relatively simple tasks. Eating a whole meal was difficult for her. August 9th 2017, Bolivia’s national day against sexual violence, marked a new beginning for her. During FUBE’s annual walk in solidarity with survivors, Graciela 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. Graciela began her job skills training courses at CUBE, while also attending classes at Universidad de San Simon in Cochabamba. Today, Graciela 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.

Starting in 2020, Graciela has been in charge of one of FUBE’s newest and most impactful healing programs: Healthy Eating for Healthy Living. She has shown total commitment to this program and has really taken charge. She recruited survivor families to participate in the program and has shown immense leadership in connecting survivor families to the resources and knowledge they need. As Graciela 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.

If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our gender based violence fund.

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