Youth Ambassadors from Bolivia to NC

February 25 - March 7, NC Partners are hosting 3 high-school-age young people from the Bolivia as part of the Youth Ambassadors initiative that Partners of the Americas began in 2003 in Brazil. They are living with volunteer families, and attending school in Raleigh, and experiencing many other activities. Youth Ambassadors who will visit North Carolina are Nineth Maria Miranda Moyam, Chuquisaca (age 17), Fiorela Palomino Cruz, Tarija (15), Fabricio Suarez Rocha, Cochabamba (15) In addition to those coming to NC, 4 will go the Utah, and 3 to Arkansas.

Steve Gibson to travel to Bolivia

As an outgrowth of the work and connections Steve has done and made in Bolivia, he plans to go work to help construct a rural school in Torancali, Feb. 11 - 24. He will then join his church group on Feb. 26 to do a project in Tupiza. While in Bolivia, Steve will also meet with Mauricio Ramirez to continue development of agriculture projects for Partners. Mauricio is the counterpart agricultural coordinator in Cbba.

A quarter-million meals reach rural nutrition program

The following email –an update on the meal shipment-- is from Carlos Villarroel in Cochabamba translated by Rod Brooks. “With regard to the meals, the municipalities collected them in November and have distributed them to the schools. According to what the mayor of Arampampa told me (who was in my office last week), the meals have been distributed and used by all of the schools during the months of November and part of December. Classes will start again in February and the mayor has promised to send photographs and a report about the use and the distribution as of that date.

Contributions needed

Hearing aids - The children at the school for the hearing impaired in Cochabamba need used hearing aids that can be reconditioned. These are the over-the-ear kind, not the ones that just fit entirely in the ear. We have fitted many children and youths with hearing aids that have improved immensely their ability to learn, as well as their general quality of life.


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