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Location: Cochabamba Setting: Urban Established: 1982 Staff: 12 Website: www.centrowarmi.org

 

Subject Areas

Community Development: Community Empowerment, Building Social Capital, Social Work, Social Responsibility

Youth and Education: Social Leadership, Cognitive Development, Teaching, Scholarship Programs, Child and Adolescent Development, Complimentary Learning

Human Rights: Community Action, Social Justice, Child Advocacy, Equality

Research: Quantitative/Qualitative Analysis and Program Evaluation, Funding, Needs Assessment

Women’s Empowerment: Gender Equity Strategies, Counseling

 

Organization Objectives

WARMI is a small non-profit community center that provides multifaceted social services for a neighborhood on the outskirts of Cochabamba. Its mission is to offer support to working women and their children, as well as promote the sustainability of healthy families and a healthy community. Its goals are to:

  • Provide educational and other support for women, children, and adolescents
  • Assist women emigrating from rural areas as they integrate into the city by helping them attain economic stability and providing affordable daycare, support groups, and educational workshops
  • Provide health insurance and meals to children who would not have access without the support of WARMI
  • Run a small cooperatively-run soap factory to help financially sustain the organization’s community programs
  • Offer workshops on legal advice, hygiene and nutrition
  • Organize women’s empowerment groups to provide a safe space for women to gather and share knowledge
  • Offer daycare services for infants and children, including development activities, meals, and general caretaking
  • Support students in the community by providing tutoring programs, a library, extracurricular activities, clubs, and a scholarship program for the older students pursuing degrees
  • Provide affordable health insurance to Center participants that do not already have insurance

 

Program Information

 

1. Soap Factory (Production)

In order to create jobs for local women and to generate money for the Center, WARMI began a soap-producing cooperative in 1984. With further development and support, the soap factory has the potential to generate more money for the Center, as well as much-needed jobs in the community. The factory needs extensive development and support in marketing, technical development, expansion of products, quality control, and infrastructural efficiency.

 

Opportunities

  • Spearhead a marketing campaign to promote WARMI soap products
  • Implement new soap production strategies
  • Research additional soap products
  • Work with current employees to develop infrastructural efficiency
  • Conduct analysis of current business and production practices and create methods for improvement
  • Create and implement skill-building workshops for factory workers

 

Requirements

  • Advanced Spanish
  • Ability to work with the chemical makeup of soap and elaborate new soap production strategies desired (for soap production project only)
  • Business management and development skills
  • Creativity and ability to improvise
  • Marketing experience, including graphic design, advertising, communications or related skills

 

2. Puerta Abierta Day Care and Scholastic Support

WARMI offers affordable daycare and tutoring for children in the community whose mothers work during the day. It provides them with positive mentors, extracurricular activities, meals, medical insurance, and academic tutoring. Most children that participate in the WARMI Center begin at an early age, and continue throughout their scholastic years. Currently there are 45 children that take advantage of the Center’s services.

 

Opportunities

  • Assist the director of the Day Care Center by playing with the infants and toddlers, preparing meals, assisting with stimulation activities, and teaching specific skills (speech, walking, names, manners, socialization, etc.)
  • Help encourage the physical, emotional and intellectual development of preschool-aged children by:
    • Assisting in hygiene and nutritional education
    • Teaching art, painting, motor skills, problem solving activities, language, physical activities (exercise, dance, etc.)
    • Supporting social development, including how to interact within the community and with other children
  • Provide academic and extracurricular enrichment for children and youth, including tutoring, learning projects and activities, and hygiene and nutrition education

 

Requirements

  • Advanced Spanish
  • Interest in working with children
  • Motivation and creativity
  • Background in education or related field
  • Ability to develop ties with adolescents and youth with few opportunities

 

3. Amistad Library

In 2006 WARMI expanded their library to include over 1500 texts, audiovisual resources, and internet access. The library is accessible to the entire community and serves as a center for workshops, lectures, and academic support. The Amistad Library has become a haven for students seeking support and shelter.

 

Opportunities

  • Create and implement workshops or lectures to complement the library’s ongoing activities
  • Assist visitors to the library
  • Design enrichment activities for children and youth on how to use the library’s resources
  • Promote the library in the community
  • Research and find funds for the expansion and further development of the library

 

Requirements

  • Advanced Spanish speaking and writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Interest in education
  • Ability to develop ties with adolescents and youth with few opportunities

 

4. Tapurikuway Human Rights: Rights of Women, Children, and Adolescents

WARMI offers workshops and activities for self-improvement and education for all community members. These include art and music classes, nutrition classes, a women’s group, a book club, a Senior Citizen/Youth Exchange Club, and a youth leadership group. In addition, they offer free legal advice and provide scholarships for approximately ten students per year to pursue continuing education.

 

Opportunities

  • Assist with current workshop presentations
  • Create new workshops and activities based on the community’s needs and interests
  • Facilitate and support women’s group, Exchange Club, and/or youth leadership group
  • Help legal staff provide timely and relevant advice for individuals in need
  • Conduct impact assessment of current programs
  • Research funding opportunities and write grants to ensure the continuity of WARMI programs

 

Requirements

  • Advanced Spanish speaking and writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Interest in community and social work
  • Ability to develop ties with adolescents and youth with few opportunities
  • Creativity and motivation

 

Program Supervisor (All Programs)

Claudia Jimenez has a degree in education. Before working with WARMI, she was the director of an organization that provided teacher training services on sex education, and later worked as a private consultant for local grassroots organizations on sex education methodology for high school students.

 

Note: Responsibilities offered to each participant will be proportionate to their level of experience. Participants who are new to development work may predominantly support and assist current project agendas, while those with much applicable experience may be able to assume greater responsibility. Research projects are strongly encouraged by this organization to support each program’s objectives because minimal resources are currently allocated for research.

 

Working Conditions

WARMI is located just outside of downtown Cochabamba. It is in a less-developed and quiet neighborhood, where many immigrant community members live. The Center has a kitchen, 2 large classrooms, a library, a daycare center, bathrooms, a large outside patio for recreational purposes, 3 indoor classrooms, a meeting room, and a connected soap factory. There is a constant flow of children in the Center, which provides a lively and exciting working environment. The administration and staff have hosted over 20 interns and volunteers and are very open to extra helping hands and new ideas.

 

Organization Background

Centro Integral WARMI is a non-profit organization that was founded to support mothers and their children in the community of Sacaba. In 1982, WARMI started with a group of women seeking a solution to a very common problem in Bolivia: that of immigrant, poor mothers trying to better themselves and provide for their families. Once the women overcame the barrier of finding employment, they were then confronted with the issue of caring for their children while at work.

 

In 1984 the Soap Factory was created to provide extra financial stability and the daycare center was constructed. By 1996, WARMI was providing the community with educational and skill-training workshops, reading clubs, art activities, tutoring, a library, and other support services. In 2004, it began a youth scholarship program and the Tapurikuway Project, which provides services outside the realm of typical educational programs, including a youth leadership group and free law services. In 2006 it expanded its library, creating a valuable resource for the entire community.

 

About WARMI’s Clients

According to the philosophy and goals of Central Integral WARMI, it aims to support the following communities:

  • Low-income women (especially mothers that live in the local community)
  • High risk youth, including children that have been abandoned (usually their parents work in other regions)
  • Disadvantaged youth that are interested in pursuing an academic career in order to gain a career and overcome the poverty cycle