Sucre is both Bolivia's constitutional capital and one of the poorest cities in the country. A draw to tourists for its unique architecture, it also has some of the worst educational achievement rates in the country.
SOS Children's Villages has worked into Sucre for the last eighteen years.
Rural children lack formal education
A draw to tourists for its history and architecture, Sucre still has one of the highest rates of extreme poverty in the country.
90% of its population live in urban areas. Due to the altitude and outdated farming methods used, agriculture is very difficult in the region. Where there is a 90% literacy rate among the population of Sucre, in rural Chuquisaca 53% have no formal education and up to 70% of men are illiterate.
Rural Bolivia is hard on most inhabitants, and though Sucre is depressed it is still a draw to migrants in search of a better life. Those having little or no education who arrive cannot get work are forced into the informal economy and find it very difficult to progress in work that pays enough to get out of poverty. Nearly two thirds of the inhabitants of the city are classed as living in extreme poverty.
Poverty of opportunity
Government policy is focused on reducing poverty among its population. In recent years the national average fell to 32.7% but even in the country's capital this is far higher, with over 61% people living below the breadline.
People in extreme poverty in Sucre frequently live without sanitation, clean water and their children suffer chronic malnutrition. This impacts on their welfare and opportunities in life.
Poverty isn't just not having enough to eat - there is poverty of opportunity too. A kid who is working to help feed their family is not going to school to achieve better prospects. Malnutrition affects concentration, physical and mental development. If parents are given the support they need then children can eat better, and do better at school. Tackling poverty at root at an early age can make a big difference to a child's life.
How we help families in Sucre
SOS Children's Villages arrived in 1996 with the aim of easing hardship in the community. We work in three main areas - we help families, provide healthcare and where children cannot live with them, we take care of them.
Our SOS social centres offers services to support local families. We hold information events on basic nutrition and other health related issues. Our SOS medical centre reaches out to the whole community, offering care to people who could not afford it from elsewhere.
Where children cannot live with their parents, there is an SOS Children's Village with several SOS families which provide a loving home for over 100 children. As they grow up they are offered a place in the SOS youth programme which gives accommodation and counselling while the young person undergoes secondary school and prepares for adulthood.
We support families in Sucre to stay together, and offer children with nothing and no-one a new family home. Will you become a child sponsor and help our work succeed in Sucre?