Our Mission

WE WORK

 collaboratively with people Latin American communities to help them improve their lives through education and health services, with a focus on assisting young women. 

WE PROMOTE

  mutual respect, appreciation and friendships, bridging culture gaps  with volunteers  from many countries sharing experiences with friends in Bolivia. Quaker  Study Tour   qst.bolivia@gmail.com

WE SEEK

    to further awareness of climate change and commitment to healthy and just use of global resources through education and responsible choices. 

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About WALJOK

We have supported health, education and construction projects in Latin America.

  

History —  Founded in 1990 as a 501 (c) (3) organization by former Peace Corps volunteers to Guatemala, the name is a Mayan word meaning progress or success. In 2002, WALJOK transitioned to a broader focus.  We have helped organize and fund volunteer work in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Bolivia.

For more than a decade our major work has been in Bolivia.

Benito Jallurana brought us his dream of a place in town where young people who live many hours' walk from the high schools could have a place to stay during the week to access secondary education and prepare for university. Thanks to Friends in many countries, WALJOK, in partnership with Bolivian Quaker Education Fund BQEF, enabled his dream to become a reality. The Student Residence in Sorata provides a home away from home so that  students from remote villages, where the schools only go to 6th or 8th grade, can access the high schools in Sorata.



A story of remarkable successes

We now have 24 dedicated young students, with more than half girls. They receive educational support and guidance in a safe and supportive environment. Most of our graduates have gone on to higher education.Through our partnership with  Bolivian Quaker Education Fund (BQEF), our graduates are able to gain scholarship support for higher study. Through our combined efforts, with support from individuals and organizations in several countries, the Student Residence has grown and gained wide recognition for its service to rural indigenous young people.

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See it for yourself!

Join a Quaker Study Tour

Meet some of the world's 3rd largest population of Friends. They are primarily indigenous Aymara who are emerging from 5 centuries of oppression and severe poverty, and they are anxious to welcome you.

Enjoy spectacular scenery and historic sites

Visit pre-Inka Tiwanaku,  Lake Titikaka's Isla de Sol ,sacred to 3 cultures, and Potosi, the origin of wealth that fed Spain's Colonial Empire.  Natural beauty surrounds you everywhere.


qst.bolivia@gmail.com 

Share warm personal connections everywhere

.Meet rural farmers, city artisans, and high school and university students who benefit from projects of WALJOK, BQEF.org and QBL.org

The Student Residence in Sorata, Bolivia

The Town of Sorata nestles in the broad valley at almost 9,000 feet, low altitude for Bolivia.

  

  •  The extensive Sorata Valley, in the Bolivian Andes, has nearly 100 small communities dependent on subsistence farming. Bolivia has consistently been the poorest country in South America, with severe rural poverty. Most people live several hours walk from Sorata which has the nearest high schools. Benito, a young university student from a Quaker community in the valley, dreamed of a residence in the town of Sorata where young people like him could have easy access to the high schools in Sorata. A secondary education is a major advance in itself, and also enables access to higher education. Benito’s dream became reality in 2006 with the opening of the Student Residence in Sorata. A university graduate can earn almost as much in a month as the annual cash income of subsistence farmers. 
  •    Education opens doors to a future the parents of these students never dreamed of. Until recently, rural Bolivians had little hope of escape from grinding  poverty. Recent revolutionary changes have begun to free the indigenous majority from 5 centuries of severe oppression and discrimination.  Doors are now open for young indigenous Aymara to attend university and obtain professional employment.

Aspiring young learners

  • More than three-quarters of our graduates have gone on to higher education--several to universities, others to a variety of technical courses. This young woman has just completed veterinary school and plans to open Sorata's first veterinary practice. Currently, our graduates are studying for careers that include metallurgy, civil engineering and music education.

A story of remarkable achievement

  • On the day we were to post the list of accepted students, Juana Ruperta's father (left) and a neighbor walked mountain trails in the rain for 6 pre-dawn hours to ensure their daughters were accepted for 7th grade. Fortunately they were!
  • Juana Ruperta is now doing well in a 5-year university course in nursing.  She expects to graduate in 2019.
  • Download her story with photos below.

Juana's Story

2018 Juana Ruperta--A remarkable Nursing Student (pdf)

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A decade ago, the indigenous majority in Bolivia had little or no access to education. Today young people are completing high school and continuing to university or technical institutes. They are taking leadership roles and having an impact on their society. Most need some financial support to accomplish this.

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The WALJOK Foundation

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Power to Women!

Education enables young women to help change their world.

 Most of our Student Residence graduates go on to advanced study.  Our young women have chosen career paths that include nursing, dentistry, education, law, veterinary medicine, office administration, French, gastronomy and more.



See Juana's Story

Confronting Violence With AVP

Magaly Quispe is an amazing example of how education can empower leadership for wide impact. As a sociology major with a BQEF scholarship, she  was also trained as a facilitator of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops. She recognized the need for this work in prisons and she has now spread the workshops to prisons in all the major cities in Bolivia. Magaly has also  led trauma healing workshops. As part of AVP International, she has led community workshops  in  Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Central America and trauma healing workshops in Nepal.

Preventing Domestic Violence In Sorata

To address Bolivia's high rate of Domestic Violence, Magaly and WALJOK are collaborating to bring  the power of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) to prevention of Domestic Violence in Sorata. She has just done the first round of workshops  focusing on resolving and preventing violence in teenage relationships. The workshops held in March for juniors and seniors in a Sorata high school were so effective that the principal wants them to return for more and is suspending classes for the students and teachers to participate. He also wants these workshops for parents. 

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