Bolivia and Andean states
Humanity & Inclusion aims to improve the inclusion of people with disabilities within Bolivian society, help them access rehabilitation care, and ensure the most vulnerable people are prepared for the risk of natural disasters.
International Day of people with disabilities in Bolivia, music and dance festival | © Jules Tusseau / HI
The Andean programme works mainly in Bolivia (60% of our activities) and Peru (40% of our activities). However, HI also works in Paraguay through an Italian NGO (COOPI) to implement a natural disaster risk reduction project.
The organisation works in Bolivia to help people with disabilities get decent jobs and improve their inclusion in society. In the municipality of El Alto, in the west of the country, it runs training sessions for professional inclusion staff on both organisational and technical aspects.
HI has also set up seven rehabilitation centres in the departments of Potosi and Oruro and is helping to train staff in the centres, to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the rehabilitation services they need.
Bolivia, like the other South American countries, is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. The country is highly exposed to earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions. Humanity & Inclusion supports local stakeholders (local authorities, civil protection) to ensure that they take the most vulnerable into account in earthquake preparedness plans.
Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, and people with disabilities are not sufficiently integrated in society.
Since 2005, the year Evo Morales was first elected President, Bolivian society and institutions have undergone a process of fundamental change. That election marked a decisive turning point in terms of the recognition and inclusion of the country’s 36 ethnic groups and indigenous cultures. Social and economic reforms were also initiated. Nevertheless, while Bolivia is a country with strong economic growth, inequality persists and people with disabilities remain marginalised.
Bolivia is a country regularly affected by natural disasters and climate change is having a very clear impact, particularly on agriculture.