Quaker Bolivia Link encourages sustainable development through investment, education, and public health infrastructure improvement. It works in an area around La Paz, mainly in Pacajes Province. This is a hilly area of remote communities who have poor access to roads and transport.
After 25 years of service to the Aymara people of the Altiplano in Bolivia, Quaker Bolivia Link in the United States (QBL-USA) has been laid down. The QBL Boards in Bolivia and the United Kingdom remain, and the U.S.-based work is now being overseen through United 4 Change Center (U4C) and Rotary International. U4C is a Houston, Tex.-based nonprofit that works with women and youth in vulnerable communities to create positive social change and promote social justice and peace. QBL’s Quaker response to poverty has been effective in providing food security, clean water, and economic empowerment for women over this quarter century, and the organization is grateful for U4C’s management of the current and future projects.
Bolivia has been hit hard by COVID-19: over 33,000 confirmed cases and over 1,100 deaths. Clean water for sanitation and disease prevention has become even more vital in the Aymara villages Quaker Bolivia Link (QBL) serves.In addition to the village work in progress, QBL has just received a Rotary Global grant to provide access to clean water for two more Aymara villages in the Coro Coro region: Phina Litoral and Quinoani. The new grant also provides funding for education, healthcare, and sanitation with an emphasis on COVID-19 precautions.