Our Homes: NPH Bolivia

BoliviaCasa 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 have increased from 4 to 24 heads in just four years.

NPH Bolivia Facts

Opened:
April 16, 2005

Children/youth fully supported:
113

Total services provided:
114 (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.

  • The second school building was inaugurated in 2016. In addition, three students received full academic scholarships from the Universidad Cumbre, a private university in Santa Cruz.
  • A renewable fish project launched in 2015 is expected to yield 6,000 Pacú – an Amazonian river fish – each year which will provide food for the children and an estimated $13,000 in revenue.
  • 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.
  • Thanks to the donation of milking cows and equipment, the home expects to produce at least 400 liters of milk per day. Surplus will be sold to local dairies to provide steady revenue.

Bolivia Facts

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

Population:
10,969,649 (July 2016 est.)

Languages:
Spanish, Quechua, Aymara

Issues:
One of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America.
Bolivian law prohibits us from using photos that show the faces of minors.


More Information: 

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


Learn about the other NPH homes:

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