Rural High Plateau Region

  • Small-scale farming is a way of life for most residents of Bolivia's rural high plateau area. High Plateau Rural Bolivia community
  • Children at Compassion centers have time to play, either sports or games. High Plateau Rural Bolivia children playing at the Compassion center
  • Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future. High Plateau Rural Bolivia children writing
  • Houses are usually made of adobe, with only enough space for one bed. a family in their home
  • Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit. girls praying
  • Child development centers provide a clean, safe place for the registered children to play and learn about God's love. children playing soccer at the child development center
  • In the rural areas, houses usually are far away from each other as well as the nearest city. a view of houses in rural Bolivia




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A Glimpse of Poverty in Bolivia's Rural High Plateau Girl Praying

The indigenous Aymara and Quechua people who live in the rural high plateau region of Bolivia, more commonly known as the Altiplano, are among the most impoverished people in the world. Ninety-five percent of the families in the region live in extreme poverty.

Basic needs on the Altiplano:

  • electricity
  • sewage services
  • drinkable water (children have to walk up to a mile to collect water from springs or rivers)
Issues and Concerns
  • Many children are chronically malnourished.
  • Most family dwellings are disease-ridden.
  • Children are victims of chronic gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Cold viruses are common.
  • Severe pneumonia often isn’t treated properly.
Local Needs and Challenges

Public transportation

Public buses, the primary mode of transportation in the rural highlands, don’t necessarily make daily stops. The fortunate have bicycles; others walk.

Some children walk great distances to their Compassion-assisted child development center, in unsafe conditions.

Extreme seasonal changes

When the region floods, most of the children can’t get to their center.

Clean water

The lack of potable water is an urgent concern. People are forced to drink from streams and bad wells. The result is frequent outbreaks of illness and disease.

Health care

The closest medical facility is more than 30 miles away, causing minor illnesses to turn serious.