Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. The people – particularly those living in rural areas – have limited educational opportunities.
Many do not know their rights as citizens, despite these rights being expressly promised in the Bolivian constitution. They also do not own any identification documents that would allow them to exercise their rights.
Welthungerhilfe is supporting 18,000 people in 17 communities in the uplands and lowlands of Bolivia with its project. The partner organisation Fundación Tierra is providing legal advice on how to apply for personal documentation and birth certificates, enabling citizens to actively invoke their civic rights and to participate in political decision-making processes.
Getting married on a legal base
Wedding bells are also ringing more regularly in this Welthungerhilfe project region: That’s because marriage is legally required as a basis for the co-habitation of a couple.
Thus 17 collective weddings – common in the region due to the remoteness of the rural areas – have been organized, and 510 couples will receive marriage certificates. This is a prerequisite for inheritance and other rights, and as such provides a major improvement in the legal status of women and children.
Make use of civil rights
Besides helping small farmers, the project focuses on approximately 2,000 communal leaders, legal advocates and members of the community councils. Capacity development classes teach people how to exercise their social, political and economic rights to a greater degree.
This Welthungerhilfe project in Bolivia is co-financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).