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You are making a difference in Bolivia!

A glimpse of what your sponsored child’s life is like in Bolivia:


  • Family is central to Bolivian society. Children share in household responsibilities.
  • A child’s breakfast in Bolivia often includes “api” Api – a thick drink made from corn and seasoned with cinnamon sugar. Typical snacks include boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, or baked and salted beans called “habas,” which taste similar to peanuts.
  • In urban areas of Bolivia, many families live in apartments. In rural areas, homes are built with local materials like adobe bricks, mud, rocks, or wood. Urban homes are more likely to have running water. While most rural homes have electricity, many do not have indoor plumbing.
family in Bolivia


  • Schooling is required for Bolivians from ages 5 to 18 and is almost entirely public.
  • Students are responsible for buying their own uniforms and school supplies.
  • Classrooms are generally furnished with only blackboards and desks, and technology is rarely used while teaching.


  • The school day ends at midday, when children return home to eat lunch with their families.
  • Many children, especially those who live in rural parts of Bolivia, join the workforce at an early age so that they can help support their families. Child sponsorship helps keep children in school.
  • Music is an integral part of Bolivian culture and is characterized by distinctive instruments like panpipes, flutes, drums, and the “charango,” a guitar-like instrument made from an armadillo shell.


  • The weather varies greatly by region. Bolivia’s climates range from warm, humid valleys to hot, sandy plains and cold and rainy plateaus.
  • Capital: Sucre and La Paz
  • Population: 11,758,869
  • Language: Spanish in the 60% of Bolivia; Quechua or Aymara in other areas


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 the effects of the El Niño weather phenomenon. Since then, FH has broadened efforts to focus on community development, emphasizing livelihood training, health and hygiene, and education.


  • You are helping reduce malnutrition in Bolivia by improving physical and economic access to nutritious food and through the implementation of clean water projects.
  • You are training local church leaders to work with municipal authorities to meet basic needs for the people in their community. Increasing the leadership capacity of the church encourages community unity.
  • You are supporting children’s development through school construction projects and educational initiatives such as children’s clubs, which teach children biblical principles.

You are about to embark on a new FH Donor Experience

If you need assistance, please contact us at donorhelp@fh.org or 866-307-3259.

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.