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Paths to Progress: Lo que está pasando en Cochabamba
Community Partner Highlights
CEDESOL (the Center for Development with Solar Energy) aims to transform lives and protect the environment by equipping people with appropriate technology and education; the organization designs and distributes green technology. CEDESOL is “committed to empowering the disempowered”.
Instituto Para el Desarollo Humano (IDH) works to develop social awareness and preventative medicine while promoting gender equity and basic human rights. IDH provides low-cost medical services and distributes valuable educational material to the public.
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An Introduction to the Garden City
The city of Cochabamba (the capital of the Cochabamba Department) lies in a fertile valley of the Andes mountain range. A thriving city of roughly 1,938,401 inhabitants, it is among Bolivia’s most economically and socially progressive cities with a strong grassroots political movement. Infrastructure, however, remains particularly underdeveloped. Decades ago, private companies gained control of the management of basic resources, denying certain neighborhoods access to clean water, sanitation, and housing. Families that live without these important services are more likely to contract illnesses and be malnourished, struggle to receive education, and have difficulty sustaining their incomes. Over the past decade, many of FSD's community partners have stepped up to address these issues and are making significant headway on the development of infrastructure, education, and social entrepreneurship.
Population: est. 1,938,401
Avg. temperature: Low 48ºF / High 80ºF
Local language: Spanish
Organization: Aldeas SOS
Intern: Jane Finocharo
Aldeas SOS and Intern Jane Finocharo are working to combat illiteracy and encourage reading. The “Children's Village” for abandoned or orphaned children now has access to a small library, where students can check-out books, get inspired by reading competitions, and participate in story-telling.
Organization: Gaia Pacha
Intern: Kelly Chang
Gaia Pacha provides environmental education programs to schools and neighborhoods throughout Cochabamba. Intern Kelly Chang’s project focused on illegal animal trafficking; by creating an illustrated children’s book, Kelly communicated to children the importance of protecting wild animals.
Mauricio Ramirez Parra, Program Director
Mauricio has served as the Director of FSD's Bolivia program since it was initiated in 2000. He has extensive experience working with the international community and has been involved with various agricultural and environmental development projects. In addition to his work with FSD, Mauricio is currently the President of Partners of the Americas in Bolivia, an organization that connects volunteers from the United States and Bolivia to work together on pressing social issues.