Stichting Amigos de Potosí wants to help mine workers and children of Potosí (Bolivia) to better their living situations. We aim to help young people by offering them an alternative to working in the mines.
In the small town of Laja Tambo, in 2013, a group of about 15 madres (mothers) asked our help to realize a Centro de Madres, a place for them to meet, support each other, and who knows: start a knitting atelier. The mineworker’s wives had already made sure a little building was constructed, made from adobe (a type of clay stones, baked in the sun) and they asked for our support to finish and furnish it. They want to work on a better future for their families, and to be away from the mining, the only source of income in this region. Now, a design is being made for a durable and multifunctional building with sanitation which also benefits the school nearby. The local government has embraced this idea and has promised the plot, cooperation and support. The community will contribute with work (digging, loading and unloading of building materials), which is an absolute condition to start the project. That is good news! We are also looking into the possibility to set up a training program to learn tile baking. An ancient craft that, in a new iteration, could find good outlets in the housing construction companies of Potosi. Work opportunities and income as an alternative for the mining that is exactly what one needs here! Will you help too to fully realize this beautiful plan?
20 years ago 2 Bolivian widows from mine workers started a day-care centre on the mountain Cerro Rico, so the mothers could go to work in the mines, to sort minerals for instance. In this centre, children and the youth are cared for, before and after school; on top of that, they get a meal and homework supervision from a teacher. It is a nice, well running Bolivian project that is now seeking financial support to extend the drink water supply and improve sanitation. An excellent idea we really want to support. While in Potosí the water and sanitation plan is being worked on, we hope to find support for this basic service we would like to realize in 2015. Will you help us?
The children in the outskirts of Potosí have usually been displaced out of their original surroundings: the country side. They have gone to Potosí with their parents for economic reasons: father starts to work in the mines. Often they don’t speak Spanish –yet—and they have trouble expressing themselves. But dancing and making music with other children: that’s a happy thing! And if you go to school happily, you learn more. In the city environment traditional norms and values are not as present. Even so, keeping in touch with these is important for your identity. To keep up the knowledge of original music and the use of native instruments, a music teacher will be appointed for three months and the primary school “1. De Mayo San Ildefonso” (with 200 students) in Potosí will be given access to native instruments. What is needed? 1 drum with sticks, 34 zampoñas (panpipes), 1 couple of basins and a music teacher. At first, 45 students (10-15 years) will be given music lessons. They will form a group for music which other students can join later on. A nice impulse for the primary school education to mineworker’s children in Potosí. Cost: € 355 (already provided for) This project was completed in 2015