Bolivia: A Glimpse Into 2015

Happy New Year & Good News from HOPE worldwide Bolivia…

We hope that your family and loved ones enjoyed a happy and healthy holiday season. 2014 was a busy year for us and we are so excited for what 2015 will bring!

Clinic Scheduled To Open This Summer

We are happy to share that the International Medical Center of HOPE worldwide is now officially recognized and is registered with the Bolivian government. We are working to have our local non-profit HOPE worldwide Bolivia Foundation established by March 2015. We have retained an architect with an outstanding reputation, to design/remodel the home that has been selected for the clinic. Our talented and dedicated team here in La Paz is continuing to search for clinic, laboratory and office equipment and furniture. Our timeline for opening the clinic has continued to shift due to unexpected and unavoidable challenges, but with great faith we are planning to open the medical center this summer.

Educational and Volunteer Program Update

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The Patient Care (Nursing Assistant) Program will begin in February. This program will provide education, training, jobs and support for high school graduates who are either orphans or living in extreme poverty, enabling them to pursue a career in health care.

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The HOPE worldwide team is teaching English as a Second Language to the Hospital Arco Iris staff and our partner church in La Paz as well as the community. Social programs continue to blossom.

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The Sala de Juegos (playroom) within the hospital has served over 6,000 children and has provided Early Childhood Development information to their parents and caregivers.

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The HOPE worldwide Lending Library also continues to grow. We have enjoyed hosting almost 200 volunteers and visitors in the past 3 years and we are looking forward to over 90 folks visiting us in 2015.

Thank you all for your support, encouragement and prayers this past year, we couldn’t do it without you! We are looking forward to seeing our dreams become reality in 2015, as well as many of you visiting us this year! God is indeed blessing the work of HOPE worldwide Bolivia.

-W. Kevin Broyles, MD, MHS-CL, Country Director, HOPE worldwide Bolivia

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HOPE worldwide Bolivia Celebrates 3 years!

HOPE worldwide was planted in La Paz, Bolivia 3 years ago in September of 2011.  With God, we have accomplished so much and are excited about the plans for the future!  Click HERE to view/download the full 2014 Progress Report.

The purpose of HOPE worldwide Bolivia is to support the excellent and comprehensive charitable work of Foundation and Hospital Arco Iris and to develop additional charitable initiatives.  This support is focused in two different areas: Health and Social Services.

In health, the focus has been around developing the income generating aspect of a sustainable social enterprise (an ambulatory clinic / (Spanish = consultorio), performance improvement within the hospital including initiatives in patient safety, quality improvement, leadership development, cultural change, focus on patient-centered care, consultation and exploration of new initiatives including traditional medicine, integrative medicine, hospice, home health, pain management, leadership development, development of nursing and more.

In social services, the focus has been on the pediatric population of Hospital Arco Iris and vulnerable families. Raising awareness and funding for healthcare expenses of vulnerable children, creating and operating a part-time play and childhood development area within HAI, play therapy on the pediatric floor, creating and operating a children’s and adult library, help for vulnerable families each month and seasonally – clothing, food, holiday gifts, cleaning, organizing and education and development of an English as a Second Language course, and more.

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The HOPE worldwide Bolivia team consists of 10 people, including 2 full-time employees, 5 full-time consultants, 2 part-time consultants and 1 full-time volunteer.

Click the link below to view or download the full progress report.

**2014 Annual HOPE worldwide Progress Report**

If you would like to make a donation to support the work of HOPE worldwide Bolivia, please click HERE.

Inspired By The Children In Bolivia

by Austin Wyatt

During the entire month of July, I had the opportunity to be a volunteer with HOPE worldwide Bolivia in La Paz.  This was my second visit to La Paz and, just like last year, it wasn’t long enough!

The majority of my time was spent volunteering at Hospital Arco Iris (HAI) within the Sala de Juegos (playroom) and it was so rewarding.  I taught the children how to share and be respectful of one another.  I saw how a person could change the world of a child just by saying “you are special” or “you are so smart”.  These phrases I often take for granted when someone says them to me.  However, for these kids they feel an abundance of love when they hear these words.  I’ve never seen such genuine smiles!

My favorite thing about my time in the hospital was hanging out with the young patients on the pediatric floor.  And without a doubt, my favorite patient was a young boy named Andres.

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Andrés and Austin in Hospital Arco Iris

Andres is a 13 year old Bolivian boy who has lived on the streets for most of his life.  Both of his parents died several years ago from alcoholism.  He has two younger brothers.  Andres has been in and out of shelters and orphanages as well as living on the streets.  Recently, he got involved with a gang and with drugs and alcohol.  He was hit by a car and nearly decapitated and was immediately rushed to Hospital Arco Iris.

Hearing his story was so touching and heart breaking, but also it also made me feel overwhelmingly grateful for my life.  Andres is only 13 years old and yet he has already experienced such pain, loss and hopelessness.  I asked myself, “Why not me?  Why am I not in his shoes?”  It blows my mind how my life has been so comfortable.

When I initially met Andres, I felt a little overwhelmed not knowing exactly what to say or do.   But I also remembered what my mission was here in Bolivia.  It was to love every child and person unconditionally, serving them and showing them an example of Jesus’ love.

Most of my time with Andres was spent getting to know him, playing the popular board game ‘Trouble’ and playing soccer within the hospital hallways.  Andres is so funny and is such a joy to be around.   I felt like he became the little brother I never had.  He brightened my day, and I brightened his.

Andrés with his favorite boardgame, Trouble

Andrés with his favorite boardgame, Trouble

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Andrés and Austin (HOPE worldwide volunteer) playing soccer in the hallways of the hospital.

Andrés and Noelle (HOPE worldwide volunteer) having fun with kleenex in their noses.

Andrés and Noelle (HOPE worldwide volunteer) having fun with kleenex in their noses.

It was a miracle to watch Andres change before my eyes during his hospital stay.  At the beginning, he was guarded and quiet.   He had no family to care for him.  He was also unable to speak because of his tracheostomy tube.  I can only imagine how frightened he must have been.  It was incredible to witness how the staff at HAI and the HOPE volunteers showered him with love.  By the end of my time in La Paz, he had warmed up to everyone around him.  He not only was playing games and soccer, but he was also serving by helping me pick up toys from the other pediatric rooms…and always with a smile.

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Andrés is always full of smiles and recently had his tracheostomy tube removed

Andres became such a blessing in my life.  I’m inspired by his example.  I now am asking myself, “How can I connect more with the people who are in my life…whether it be at work, school, or at church?”

After two months in the hospital (and an overwhelming hospital bill he will never be able to repay), Andres is recovering and getting stronger every day.  Last week his tracheostomy tube was removed and he is now talking to everyone!  He has recently decided that his purpose in life is to return to the orphanage to help care for his two younger brothers.  He also has dreams of becoming a doctor or an artist.

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Andrés loves to draw and color.

Andrés with Noelle and Bob the builder, learning English

Andrés with Noelle and Bob the builder, learning English

Bolivia is a country that is filled with so much beauty, whether it be from the gorgeous terrain that takes your breath away, or from the love you feel from the church or from the kids in the hospital.  Every day I woke up and felt like I had received a kiss from God.  There is no other place like La Paz.  It will always have a special place in my heart and prayers.  It will always be like a home to me.

A view of the city of La Paz from Killi Killi

A view of the city of La Paz from Killi Killi

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If you would like to DONATE to HOPE worldwide Bolivia or specifically to the Vulnerable Children’s Healthcare Fund that helps children like Andres, please click HERE.  

If you are interested in volunteering with HOPE worldwide Bolivia, click HERE for more information.

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Austin Wyatt is a twenty year old college student living in Atlanta, GA.

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