The Munasim Kullakita Foundation is an NGO in Bolivia that has been working since 2008 on issues related to children and adolescents. Since 2012, through the implementation of the "Listening Center" program, it works with street children and adolescents. Our action establishes five work components: i) Medical and Psychological Cure, ii) Non-formal education, iii) Capacity building training, iv) Work with the community v) establishing of social links and networks with communities. The “Listening center” carries out its activity with the community (merchants, unions, associations, etc.) in order to change the social representation of people who are in a street situation, excluded by family and society, and to tackle the marginalization that generates social suffering.
The project is developed in the city of El Alto in Municipal District No. 1, a place that brings together the largest informal trade in this city and at the same time the presence of children and adolescents in street situations who might be involved in child labor, begging and/or consumption of psychoactive substances. Some Fundation members can assist this population 3 times a week for 6 hours in the listening center, where these people receive assistance such as food, healthcare, education and active listening, in order to reinsert them within their families or refer their cases to homes. On the other hand, we work with the local community (merchants, unions and associations) in the intervention sector, carrying out orientation actions and supporting their organizational processes, with the aim of raising awareness and promoting policies favorable to children, girls and teenagers in street situation, before the municipality.
Expected results / objectives
Marginalization and serious social exclusion are mitigated or diminished through community participation in educational, preventive and restorative processes based on the rights and good treatment approach. Children and adolescents in street situations participate in decision spaces in coordination with local and national authorities for an adequate exercise of rights free of violence. Operational details & security context
In South America, Bolivia is not considered as an insecure and / or violent country. Due to the high rates of poverty, frequent way strikes, marches and manifestations take place. According to UN Women and UNICEF, Bolivia is the 2nd country after Haiti with highest indexes of mistreatment to the woman and to children, girls and adolescents.
With regard to the safety measures that the Foundation Munasim Kullakita implements, we have a manual and safety protocol for the volunteers, which is applied from before the arrival, Volunteers will be hosted near to hospitals, police centers and municipal centers. As soon as the volunteers come to Bolivia, informative meetings are done to share the main safety information. In these manuals, volunteers can find basic information about contact numbers and directions (addresses) to reach the police, embassies, centers of health, companies providing safe transport.
From their arrival, for two weeks the Volunteers will be accompanied by the mentor until they know the practical aspects for their transportation, projects activities… The Foundation has developed a protocol of evacuation which is implemented in case some extreme situation take place due to political reasons, climatic catastrophes and so forth.
The volunteers have access to a phone in the premises of the Foundation, to enable them to contact fundation members anytime and get support in case of any major safety issue in their activities.