BCP BOLIVIA: “NUESTRA CASA” HOME FOR GIRLS
To the date, “Nuestra Casa” shelters 11 girls from 6 to 18 years old. The shelter opened 5 years ago and welcomes girls that have suffered sexual and physical abuse inside their family environment (father, brother, etc.). They also welcome girls that have been abandoned by their families or have alcoholic parents and other similar cases.
“Nuestra Casa” has 3 educators that work hard to provide in this shelter a family environment where girls feel protected and loved. The hardest work starts at the time they arrive to the shelter, since they are traumatized and scared. These problems must be overcome for them to feel integrated. Educators help each one of the girls to have a childhood and teenage lives as close to normal as possible.
Girls attend to public schools and educators prepare them in different technical skills such as baking, tailoring, sewing, etc. for them to face the world and keep moving forward when the time comes.
Some days ago, the Bata Children´s Program visited them on their request. Girls were shy but really kind. Since government does not cover all their needs, they hope people and institutions might help them to continue. The BCP and Bata Bolivia also wanted to help and based on their daily needs, we noticed they did not have sport footwear to attend to school. Some days later, the BCP visited them again, this time with a pair of new North Star sport shoes for each one of them. They were excited to have the new shoes and expressed their joy to be able now, to attend to school as a “normal” girl. Keep moving forward girls!!