In 2012, Kaya launched Warmi Kaya, (Warmi is Aymaran for woman), a program designed to serve mothers of street children, former street children and children at extreme high risk of entering street life. Warmi Kaya is now working with 7 women.
Angelica is one of the women participating in Warmi Kaya. She joined the program after her siblings became part of Kaya. Two of her younger brothers (ages 14 and 12) live in the residential program and a third brother is part of the Kaya Center. Angelica has two daughters, ages 3 and 1 years old. Neither father is involved.
When she joined the Warmi Kaya program, Angelica was considering moving to Cochabamba with a young man. Her original request to Kaya was to take her daughters so that they would be safe. The trip did not materialize. In conversation with her following this situation, Kaya strongly encouraged her to participate in the program to improve the likelihood of positive life outcomes for her children.
Angelica works as an assistant in the market and earns less than $3 a day. This leaves her family at extreme risk including low life expectancies, severe emotional vulnerability and intense financial needs. Until she joined Warmi Kaya, her daughters remained at home with her father which was clearly not only ideal but dangerous. Now her children stay at Kaya during the day. They are younger than the typical children Kaya serves so we completed special waivers and paperwork allowing the organization to safely protect the girls during the day.
Angelica worries a lot about her daughters and brothers. She has a strong motivation to work. She is actively participating in everything that Warmi offers. She has a solid short term and longer term plan to increase her income, provide a safe environment and provide her daughters with a better life. One of the first steps in that plan was to secure a short term one room apartment away from her father with assistance from Warmi Kaya so that she and her daughters could live safely.
Upon successful completion of this process, the women of Kaya will demonstrate an improved ability to care for their children, no matter the circumstance. Warmi graduates will become role models and mentors to girls within the larger community. Kaya’s investment in women and girls has the very real potential to break the vicious cycle for these families in La Paz. Warmi is a multi-year effort to organically address the needs of La Paz's girls and women in an effective and unprecedented way.