Our Homes: NPH Bolivia
682,625 square miles – slightly less than three times the size of Montana
11,758,869 (July 2021 est.)
Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
One of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America.
Discover NPH Bolivia
Casa Padre William B. Wasson is the newest NPH home. Located in the lowlands near Santa Cruz de la Sierra, the weather is hot, humid and rainy. All of the children help maintain the garden, which includes native trees, and ornamental and fruit-bearing plants, as well as the sheep which increased from 4 to 24 heads in just four years.
NPH Bolivia Facts
April 16, 2005
Children/youth fully supported:
Total services provided:
180 (Includes children and youth fully supported; community children, youths and adults who receive support by either attending our onsite schools, receive scholarships, receive in-kind donations and or medical/social services; and support for Hermanos Mayores who grew up at the home.)
50 miles north of Santa Cruz, outside the town of Portachuelo
Dining hall, family-style homes for children, staff and volunteers, primary school, garden and clinic.
Did you know?
- Bolivia is the second country in South America to have an NPH home.
- Construction at the permanent site, Casa Padre Wasson, began in November 2006. The children and staff moved to the permanent site on January 15, 2008. The kitchen was upgraded in 2017.
- Food sustainability was increased in 2017 with a total value of nearly $20,000. Taking into consideration overhead costs and salaries connected to production, overall costs were reduced by $5,000. Production included:
- Nearly enough yucca and rice for the entire year
- 50 liters of milk per day
- Fish once per week
- Meat from cows and goats on occasion
- Five houses were renovated in 2018. With durable roofs, windows and walls, they are now more secure, especially during the rainy
season. The majority of the children now live in new housing.
- In 2018, the on-campus primary school received an administrative resolution to function as an autonomous and independent school. While continuing to operate under the auspices of the national government, it now has the flexibility to offer specialized tutoring and assistance to children who need extra help in certain areas.
Bolivian law prohibits us from using photos that show the faces of minors.