Your support makes it possible for us to serve more children at the Kaya Center. By increasing the number of day students at the Kaya Center we are able to begin positive intervention in a child's life before he or she makes the streets a permanent home.
Earlier this summer, the Kaya Center moved to a new building better capable of serving the needs of the children, the staff and the organization as a whole. The building, rented by another international non-profit for over 10 years, is conveniently located for children in the residential program, children from the community and family members. The space will serve as the Kaya Children International headquarters in La Paz, Bolivia for years to come. In addition to being the center of the program’s administrative team, the space also has 4 classrooms, a small library and a large meeting room. There are also three private offices that house the Program Director, the Clinical Team and the Administrative Team. The kitchen is sufficient for producing over 80 hot meals everyday and the children eat in a nicely furnished outdoor dining space. There’s a large patio and a garden that has already seen its fair share of soccer matches. Also, the space includes an in-law type apartment in the back that is currently housing the 5 young men in our Independent Living Program. They are close enough to receive daily support but have their own space and freedom to start to experience independence. Although they have their own kitchen, many continue to use their charm on the cooks resulting in well cooked meals nearly every day.
Children spend their time at the center organized into groups based on their ages and abilities. Each group has between one and three facilitators based on the need. Having a high staff to child ratio allows each child to receive as much individual attention as possible and gives the educators freedom to invest in transformative relationships. As a group, children participate in homework help and educational tutoring, arts and crafts, martial arts, soccer, field trips, occupational therapy and spiritual formation. Additionally, every child is given a hot meal and at least one snack. If needed, they are also given the opportunity to take a shower.
We couldn't be doing any of this without your support. All of us at Kaya Children International, both in Bolivia and in our U.S. office, are incredibly grateful for you because without you, we could not move forward with such important work for children on the streets everywhere.