WeWorld has been present in Bolivia since 1987, initially in the Southern region of Yungas, with interventions in the water and sanitation sector. We have since worked in six of the country's nine regions: La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Beni, Pando and Oruro. We are currently present mainly in the regions of La Paz and Oruro.
In Oruro we work with the Chipaya indigenous community, one of the first peoples to have inhabited Latin America. Together we have developed a multi-sectoral intervention that includes:
- the management of the territory and common goods;
- the governance of public services;
- the enhancement of cultural heritage and the local development through initiatives of community tourism.
In the regions of La Paz and Oruro, in association with the national meteorological service and the Bolivian civil defense, we have been involved in the risk management of natural disasters with activities preventing and supporting the capacity of resilience of the communities inhabiting highly vulnerable rural areas, which are frequently exposed to hydro-meteorological dangers and to the effects of climate change. Among the various activities, we have created 9 hydro-meteorological stations.
In addition to interventions on risk management, it is essential to promote a greater sustainability of development models. This is why we proposed pilot projects for the production of clean energy. We have built hydroelectric plants, managed directly by the community, which deals with the entire cycle: from the construction of the plants, to pricing and maintenance up to revenue administration.
Finally, we carry out projects aimed at strengthening the educational activities for children in schools. In our programmes, play has a fundamental value and represents an important opportunity for socialisation and personal growth of the beneficiaries.
We are also engaged in the Andean mining corridor to improve the environmental governance and promote sustainable territorial development through the support of indigenous and peasant (campesina) communities. More specifically, we support defenders of human and environmental rights in managing conflicts and in developing negotiation and social dialogue with the local institutions and with national and multinational companies.