Our impact for bolivia
Water For People Canada dedicates it's fundraising to the country of greatest need out of Water For People's nine country programs. In Bolivia, our support means more families, clinics, and schools will have lasting access to water and sanitation services. Explore the progress taking place in Bolivia.
Water For People in Bolivia
Bolivia is a landlocked country in the heart of South America, whose people are proud of their indigenous heritage and cultures. Bolivia’s president has set ambitious goals to reach universal access to drinking water services by 2020 and sanitation services by 2025.
Water For People began working in Bolivia in 1997. In 2018, Bolivia’s district of San Pedro became the first district where Water For People, together with district partners, achieved water services for everyone — every family, clinic, and school. This shows how powerful the Everyone Forever model can be.
Helping Bolivians bring water, sanitation, and hygiene to their communities
This is the face of clean water in Bolivia
A Drop of Determination
Dry and rough to the touch, Don Guillermo’s hands tell stories of sacrifice, hard work, and pride. With a shovel gripped tightly, and a smile across his face, the 66-year-old is determined to build his family a toilet.
A Sanitation Revolution
Pablo Terceros Vargas is sparking a sanitation revolution in his rural community in Bolivia. Pablo has lived in the district of Tiraque, Bolivia for his entire life. For the first 32 years of his life, he didn’t have a bathroom.
Change Starts at Schools
Pablo has lived in the district of Tiraque, Bolivia for his entire life. For the first 32 years of his life, he didn’t have a bathroom.
Students are Part of the Solution
Both Maribel and David are dreaming of going to university next year – Maribel wants to be a nurse or social worker, and David plans to study mechanics. One of the reasons they are able to dream about heading off to university is because they go to a school that has safe water and sanitation. They never had to miss school due to fetching water or being sick from water-borne diseases.
When Jorge Arnez gets an idea in his head, nothing can stop him. A silver-haired farmer, Jorge talks a mile a minute. His passion and energy for taking care of his tiny community of Saca Sirca in the district of San Benito, Bolivia is clear.
The Town of Thagoni
Está muy lejos, they tell us. Thagoni is very far.
Thagoni is so far away, so deep in the mountains, and so spread out that national programs for water access never would have reached it. Just the cost to get a rig up there to drill a well would be prohibitive.
"I lived in a nearby community, then I got married and moved to Monte Monte," says Carolina. "But there was no water here."
Meet Mayor Dunia
Mayor Dunia Rojas is a force to be reckoned with.
Standing four and a half feet tall with long twin braids down her back, Dunia Rojas is the mayor of the district of Arani, Bolivia. She’s not afraid to face a challenge head on – like getting every person in her district safe water.
Small in stature but big in heart, Amadeo Rojas will do anything for his community to make sure they have water.
"Now I only boil water to make tea"
Isidora Calderon Vargas rests in the shade of her porch while her five-month-old son Abel naps inside. Sober-faced Isidora grew up in this small community in rural Bolivia. At age 35, you can see in her serious eyes that she faced more than her share of life’s difficulties.
Everyone Forever Districts
Scaling the Impact
In 2012, Water For People’s work in the district of Cuchumuela made it the first district in Bolivia to reach every community with water services. This attracted the attention of the national, state, and neighboring district governments who wanted to replicate the Everyone Forever model in other parts of the country. In 2016, this led to Water For People taking on two new Everyone Forever districts – Arbieto and Pocona. It also led to a partnership with the national Vice Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, which Water For People supports on its mission to reach universal water and sanitation coverage. Specifically, we provide advisory support in the departments of Tarija and Oruro.