collaboratively with people in Latin American communities to help them improve their lives through education and health services, with a focus on assisting young women.
mutual respect, appreciation and friendships, bridging culture gaps with volunteers from many countries sharing experiences with friends in Bolivia.
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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WALJOK, 8290 Appian Way, Sebastopol, CA 95472
In February, 2019, our support for education in Sorata moved to a new level. A new Student Home, Yatikirin, opened to provide students access to high schools in a new residential program. Based on Alternatives to Violence principles, it fosters self-esteem and responsible decision making through experiential learning activities. In contrast to the local traditions of very harsh punishments and high rates of domestic violence, our students experience restorative justice and healthy conflict resolution.
We provide access to the high schools in Sorata for students who live several hours walk away, and for those who are orphaned or otherwise lack parental support. Our newest student has lived in extreme poverty with her severely developmentally disabled mother. She came to us independently to apply when she learned of our program.
Students interact with mutual support in a variety of activities. A team of facilitators who share activities with students regularly includes a psychologist, a social worker, an attorney, a sports director and more.
Albertina is now completing a degree in veterinary medicine and plans to open the first ever veterinary clinic in Sorata.
Most of our 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.
Magaly Quispe Yujra 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 in prisons and has now spread AVP to prisons in all the major cities in Bolivia. With AVP International, she has led AVP community workshops in 4 Latin American countries and trauma healing workshops in Nepal .
She is now leading an innovative residential project in Sorata, implementing AVP principles and practices in everyday life.
To address Bolivia's high rate of Domestic Violence, Magaly and WALJOK are collaborating to bring the power of Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) to Prevention of Domestic Violence workshops for adolescents, providing insights and tools for resolving conflict and preventing violence in teenage relationships. The first workshops held for juniors and seniors, teachers and parents were received with great enthusiasm.
The program is so effective that it has been been expanded to include all 4 years of high school. She is training new facilitators in order to meet widespread demand .
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