Our Homes: NPH Bolivia

Bolivia

Bolivia Facts

Area:
682,625 square miles – slightly less than three times the size of Montana

Population:
11,138,234 (July 2017 est.)

Languages:
Spanish, Quechua, Aymara

Issues:
One of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America.

Discover NPH Bolivia

Casa Padre William B. Wasson is the newest NPH home. Located in the lowlands near Santa Cruz de la Sierra, the weather is hot, humid and rainy. All of the children help maintain the garden, which includes native trees, and ornamental and fruit-bearing plants, as well as the sheep which increased from 4 to 24 heads in just four years.

NPH Bolivia Facts

Opened:
April 16, 2005

Children/youth fully supported:
116

Total services provided:
158 (Includes children and youth fully supported, community children, youths and adults who receive support by either attending our onsite schools, receive scholarships, receive in-kind donations and or medical/social services.)

Location:
50 miles north of Santa Cruz, outside the town of Portachuelo

Features:
Dining hall, family-style homes for children, staff and volunteers, primary school, garden and clinic.

Did you know?

  • Bolivia is the second country in South America to have an NPH home.
  • Construction at the permanent site, Casa Padre Wasson, began in November 2006. The children and staff moved to the permanent site on January 15, 2008. The kitchen was upgraded in 2017.
  • Food sustainability was increased in 2017 with a total value of nearly $20,000. Taking into consideration overhead costs and salaries connected to production, overall costs were reduced by $5,000. Production included:
    • Nearly enough yucca and rice for the entire year
    • 50 liters of milk per day
    • Fish once per week
    • Meat from cows and goats on occasion
  • In 2017, orthodontic treatments were initiated with 19 youths receiving braces to hopefully eliminate the need for corrective surgery later.

Bolivian law prohibits us from using photos that show the faces of minors.


More Information: 

• VIDEO: NPH Bolivia – A Glimpse at Family Life
Holiday Celebrations at NPH Bolivia
• Fact Sheet (PDF)
Home Map (PDF)
• Visitor’s Guide (PDF)


Learn about the other NPH homes:

Bolivia | Dominican Republic | El Salvador | Guatemala | Haiti | Honduras | Mexico | Nicaragua | Peru