by Monica Planas, Regional Communications Manager, Americas
Who will win? Will it be Netherlands…will it be Spain? We have no crystal ball, but what we can tell you is that ChildFund Bolivia has soccer champions of its own!
For 46 years, the Niño Quirquincho Feliz Project in Bolivia has been helping children age 6 and older develop their soccer skills while also helping them reach their hopes and dreams.
Nationally recognized for preparing outstanding athletes, the Niño Quirquincho Feliz Project has won numerous championships along the years and supported kids with trainings, techniques and team-building activities.
Having a safe place to play and develop skills has become even more critical today. Because many families in Bolivia have extreme difficulty accessing basic necessities, ChildFund Bolivia works to strategically identify areas where deprived, excluded and vulnerable children live. Our goal is to create centers to support children and put them on a healthy pathway.
Older children in Bolivia often face the hard reality of staying at home with their young siblings while both parents go to work. Because this situation poses risks to children, ChildFund Bolivia works hard to identify these youth and enroll them in ChildFund programs so that they may have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and become role models for other children and youth.
ChildFund offers healthy child development monitoring, after-school guidance sessions to support students of all ages with their homework, creative individual and group activities and health/security campaigns.
The Niño Quirquincho Feliz Project helps not only children and youth but also their families. Mothers receive training on early childhood development and nutrition to help guide them through the process of bringing up a healthy child.
Niño Quirquincho Feliz Project has one doctor, a dentist and a small staff of teachers and coaches. Together, they help hundreds of children stay off the streets and away from bad influences. The center has fun spaces to encourage children to develop their creativity, improve their skills and offers soccer lovers the opportunity to practice, practice, practice!
Who knows? The next World Cup champion may be a child helped by your support.