The vision of IOU Bolivia is to establish family size orphanages affiliated with a neighborhood church for discipleship and spiritual support. We create homes for 10 orphans each and raise them in a Christian setting by Bolivian Christian house parents. The goal is to provide the environment for these children to build a personal relationship with Christ as they grow.
We chose to help the children of Bolivia because it is the most impoverished country in South America and the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere. The lack of orphanages and extreme poverty forces many tribes and communities to abandon the sanctity of life and allow newborn babies to die in the freezing temperatures of the mountains or be cast into the rivers of the Amazon. IOU strives to keep this from happening and welcome God’s children into one of our homes to embrace life.
Population: 8.3 million
Capital: Sucre is the judicial capital while La Paz is the functional capital and seat of government.
Life Expectancy: Male – 61 years, Female – 66 years
Population below poverty line: 70%
Functional Illiteracy: 50%
Average Annual Income: $700 US Dollars
Border Countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Peru