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Bolivia

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Sponsors have helped Bolivian children since 1975, when Compassion teamed up with churches in Bolivia to fight poverty.

Where in the World?

central South America

Favorite ...

sports: soccer, basketball

foods: corn, potatoes, quinoa, beans

celebrations: Christmas, Anata (a celebration of potato farming), Oruro (an annual carnival with dancing and folk music)

Claim to Fame

world's highest capital city — La Paz, 11,975 feet above sea level

Wild Residents

piranhas, sloths, jaguars, emperor tamarins

Poverty Pitfalls

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Many kids drop out of school after completing elementary grades. Sponsored children get tutoring at their Compassion centers and stay in school.
Dirty conditions like sewage in the streets cause health problems. Tutors teach children how to keep their homes tidy and how to avoid germs.
In tropical areas on the coast, mosquitoes make kids sick with diseases. Kids at risk of sicknesses get bed nets to keep away mosquitoes.

Fun Facts

Colorful tassels on llamas’ ears show who their owners are.

money: boliviano

Rattles used in Andean music are sometimes made with llama toenails.

The giant Andes Mountains make up a lot of Bolivia’s western half.

Dried llama meat is called “charqui,” which is where we get the English word “jerky.”

Some Bolivians raise guinea pigs for food.

Home to the world’s highest:

   capital city (La Paz)

   forest (in Sajama National Park)

   body of water deep enough for boats to sail on (Lake Titicaca)

   salt flat (Salar de Uyuni  — also the world’s largest!)

Stat Snapshot

Stats

Bolivia 🇧🇴 United States 🇺🇸

Population

11,138,234 326,625, 791

People Living in Poverty

38.6% 15.1%

Languages

Spanish, Quechua, Aymara, Guarani

English 79%, Spanish 13%, Indo-European 3.7%, Asian and Pacific Island 3.4%, other 1%

Religions

Roman Catholic 76.8%, evangelical and Pentecostal 8.1%, Protestant 7.9%, none 5.5%, other 1.7%

Protestant 46.5%, unaffiliated 22.8%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, other Christian 0.9%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah’s Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%, other/unspecified 2.4%

Typical Family Income

$7,200 per year $59,500 per year

MAIN SOURCE: World Factbook, 2018

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A Place to Belong

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Paper Dolls

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Where’s My Toothbrush?

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Reasons to Smile

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Love in Many Languages

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The Art of Survival

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Make a Joyful Noise!

Recipe

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

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Get the Ball Rolling!