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Bolivia is a country in central South America, with a varied terrain spanning Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert and Amazon Basin Rainforest. One-third of the country is home to the Andes Mountains. Its capital, La Paz, sits on the Andes Altiplano Plateau with snow-capped Mt. Illimani in the background. Nearby is Lake Titicaca, the continent’s largest lake, which also straddles the border with Peru. Bolivia has enormous variety of organisms and ecosystems. Bolivia has gained global attention for its ‘Law of the Rights of Mother Earth’, which accords nature the same rights as humans.

  • Capital: La Paz
  • Population: 10.89 million
  • Language: Spanish, Quechua and Aymara
  • Bolivia is home to the most dangerous road in the world “The Road of Death.” Only around 11% of all roads are paved.

Our History in Bolivia

In 1978, Food for the Hungry (FH) began working in Bolivia providing humanitarian aid in the high plains between the Andes Mountains ridge assisting with effects of El Niño. Since then, FH has focused efforts on community development including livelihoods, health and education. Since Bolivia is vulnerable to natural disasters, much of FH’s work there has also been in emergency response and relief aid.

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Stories From Bolivia

World Literacy Day - children

Library Transforms a Bolivian Community

Literacy is crucial to all learning, and Food for the Hungry (FH) understands the importance of a conducive learning environment to foster literacy among students. The COVID-19 pandemic posed challenges for teachers and students worldwide, disrupting not only academic learning, but also their social and emotional wellbeing. The future of


Key Challenges

Around 42% of the population lives on less than $2 a day | 27.1% of children under age five are stunted | Bolivia is prone to flooding, mudslides, landslides and drought | Poor water and sanitation conditions plague the country

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Gift Policy:
You may send small, flat paper-based items that can fit into a standard #10 size envelope, have a value of less than $5 dollars and weigh less than 4 ounces. We ask that you send small, flat items of this size because shipping is expensive and even small gift items can cause issues clearing customs.
You can send postcards or photographs, however, we ask that you visit here for more details about culturally appropriate guidelines for photos and other images. Please write the child’s ID # on the back of each item that you enclose with your letter to ensure that it reaches him/her.
Best gifts to send your sponsored child:
  • Paper dolls
  • Postcards
  • Pictures of yourself or family
  • Sports cards, individual cards (baseball, soccer, football)
  • Stickers (flat, paper-based, only a few at a time)
  • Paper-based simple bookmarks, stationery, drawing, or writing paper (single sheets)
  • Coloring pages (single sheets, not books)
  • Please do NOT send:
  • Monetary gifts
  • Liquids, candy, or food
  • Batteries or magnets
Please note, all items should be compliant with airline transport and safety regulations. Gifts that don’t meet the gift policy will be donated to a local Christian non-profit organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that works with low-income families. We will not be able to return them.