WANIDES has raised and donated thousands of dollars for various projects directed at improving living conditions for the poor in some areas of Bolivia. I wanted to find a way to help the organization reach their fundraising goals. I believe that as expatriates, no matter where in the world we live, we should always give back to the communities that host us. Your purchase of Charisma Bolivia Jewelry
will benefit Bolivian communities.
When you place your order at the Charisma Bolivia Online Store, I will donate 10% of the total of your jewelry order to the Association of Washingtonians for Needy Bolivian Children. All of our collections are mailed from California to you for faster, easier worldwide shipping.
WANIDES (the Association of Washingtonians for Needy Bolivian Children), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2006 by a group of Bolivian citizens who live in the Washington D.C. area. The objective is to raise funds to help improve quality of life for Bolivian children and obtain the health care and services needed by those who face critical situations and are at risk due to neglect, poverty and illness. These are some of the ways in which donations have been used to help improve living conditions in Bolivia:
WANIDES gave $3,000 to El Hogar de la Esperanza (Home of Hope). The Hogar is an institution run by nuns for children aged 6 months to 15 years old, whose parents are in jail. This donation allowed the institution to remove 20 children from jail that year.
WANIDES gave $5,000 to the pediatric section of Instituto Oncologico del Oriente Boliviano. The funds enabled the hospital to acquire a greatly needed cardiac monitor, which has improved care to young cancer patients.
A total of $9,300 was given to the pediatric section of Instituto Oncologico del Oriente Boliviano to cover chemotherapy treatment for children.
Close to $1000 was given to AFANIC, (the NGO in Bolivia that oversees how non-government funds and donations are spent) to buy arts and crafts materials and to improve the one small recreation area for the children at the hospital.
$10,000 was raised during a dinner event entirely donated by Horst and Miryam Klein, the owners of Design Cuisine Catering Company. This once again benefitted the children with cancer at the Hospital Oncologico del Oriente in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Funds were donated to the Mario Ortiz children’s hospital, specifically for the children’s burn unit. Although this children’s hospital is a state hospital, it often fails to receive the government funds that should go to buy basic hospital equipment. The funds donated were used for this purpose.
Funds were donated to the Hogar Maria Jacinta in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. This is a home for physically and sexually abused children, mostly girls. It is managed by a small group of Catholic nuns. It offers a permanent safe haven for these unfortunate children all of whom come from extreme poverty. The home has a school and a work shop where the girls can learn a trade and thus get jobs when they graduate. After graduating from high school some of the girls have gone on to the state university. The funds that were earmarked for enhancing the workshop.
Their current goal is to acquire a respirator for the neo-natal premature baby unit of Dr. René Balderas Children’s Hospital in the small town of Montero, Bolivia. Currently this very poor hospital does not have a respirator and premature babies in need of a respirator are taken to the city of Santa Cruz which is about 40 minutes away by car. Sadly, too often, the babies die on the way. WANIDES has heard about this great need and are committed to getting this respirator. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated toward this goal.