Kaya Children International

The mission of Kaya Children International is to address the unique needs of street children in Bolivia and around the world through direct service, research and advocacy.
Feb 17, 2016

The Kaya Kids are going back to school

It is that time of the year again in Bolivia: The summer is winding down and the children are getting ready to go back to school. For many of the children in La Paz, going back to school isn’t routine. Before coming to Kaya, many of our children had dropped out of school. Some left school because they didn’t have the money to buy the needed school supplies and were forced to quit. Others stopped attending because they had to take care of their younger siblings. Some children fell behind, got frustrated, and quit attending. The reasons vary, but the result is the same: In Bolivia, many children do not attend school. Through Kaya, children are enrolled in school and given the academic support needed to get caught up and be successful in school. 

To attend school, children are required to have school supplies and a school uniform. Please support the kids as they go back to school: Provide a child with a backpack, school uniform, or supplies. $25 buys a backpack and all the supplies needed to start school including pencils, pens, markers, notebooks, etc. $37 provides a school uniform. $110 provides education for a whole year, including uniform, school supplies for the whole year, and tutoring. 

Education is key if these children are to escape the circle of poverty. Thank you for making a difference... one child at a time.

Feb 17, 2016

Meet Luis

 
 
Age: 11 years old
Birthday: January 5th 
His Story:
Luis was seven years old when we first met him. He was on his own, earning small tips by watching cars at the market. His mother had passed away, and his father was an alcoholic. Luis learned to feed himself, to dress himself, to fend for himself. School was not an option. There was no one to enroll him, and he didn’t have the money to buy the uniform or school materials he needed. Day after day, he sat in the hot sun, the pouring rain, or in the bitter cold wind, guarding cars in order to earn enough for his meals. At night he returned to the outskirts of town, where he lived with his dad in a shack without water or electricity.
 
It took time for Luis to feel comfortable enough to talk to Kaya workers. It took even longer for him to agree to come to the Kaya Center. He started to do schoolwork with the other kids to catch up on the learning he had missed. One day, when Luis was ready, we helped him buy his uniform and his backpack. He was so proud. He beamed in his new uniform and was so excited to attend his first day of school.
 
Luis has been attending school and the KayaCenter for four years now. Each year he has passed his grade. Each day, the Kaya minivan picks up Luis and takes him to school for the morning. He then comes to the Kaya Center for his lunch and to do his homework. Seeing Luis reading and writing and succeeding at school, we know that all of our effort is worth it. Thanks to this opportunity to get an education, Luis’s future is bright and full of hope. Thanks to Kaya's many supporters, Luis has hope for a better future.
Jan 7, 2016

Making a Difference for Children in La Paz

 
As you know, Kaya is much more than an institution; it is an opportunity for many young people to have a better life. Every day,Kaya makes a difference by working with each child individually. We do more for the children than provide food, send them to school, and give them a roof over their heads. We provide them with a home and a family where they are welcomed, loved, and protected. We give every child in our care an opportunity to reach their potential and fulfill God’s unique plan for their lives.
 
At Kaya, we have the honor and privilege of watching the children develop and grow–physically, socially, and emotionally. Here, they are able to experience a childhood free of worry. They can begin to dream. We see them begin to trust again. Gradually, we see them open their hearts.
 
We have so much for which to be grateful. A year ago, one of our dreams became a reality. We opened a home for girls who were living on the streets with no protection. We were able to receive girls aged from seven months to twelve years old. Each brought with her a heartbreaking story that showed us how flawed the state system of protection is, a system that routinely demonstrates that child welfare is not a goal or even a consideration. Girls are moved from house to house, mistreated and abused in every way. Escaping to the streets, they again face extreme vulnerability, violence, and abuse.
 
Thanks to your support and donations, together we were able to realize our dream of opening a girls’ home. It took hard work, determination, and passion, but in this first year that our home has been open, we have already seen incredible results. It is with humble and profound gratitude that we thank each person who has played a part in opening this home to provide protection for our girls.
 
Thank you for your support that helps boys and girls who are physically far away from you but close to your hearts and to God’s will. Thank you, because what we have received from you has allowed us to serve each of our children at Kaya so that they truly have a “better tomorrow.” Thank you for your partnership with Kaya and the work we do.
 
 

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