Bolivian Leadership Training Resumes
By Calixta Choque Churata, Project Coordinator
Thanks to the generous support of IWC members and friends, a 2019 fundraising campaign aiming to expand a leadership development program in District 7 Viacha (near La Paz, the Bolivian capital) met with success.
On March 13, 2020, a month after the launch of the project, the initiative was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A week later, Bolivia went into national lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Due to the expectation and demand for training on the part of some of the participants, we tried to implement the courses through virtual means via Google Meet, Zoom, and WhatsApp. In addition, we engaged Amelia Peña, who created the WhatsApp support group called "Learning to Love Me."
However, no sooner had we started than we concluded that this would be an impossible task: internet coverage was unreliable, and many of the participants did not have the necessary resources (computer, phone with internet data) or skills in utilizing the communication platforms. Recognizing the deficiencies in technological competencies, Ms. Peña decided to give classes about the use of cell phones. However, the planned classes had to be suspended for lack of interest.
It was specifically stated that the courses are only for women, but three men insisted on participating. Since these courses have been taking place in La Ceja, the “Eyebrow” District of El Alto, and so relatively far from where participants live, we accommodated the request.
The traditional Bolivian celebration of All Saints
Thank you to IWC and all project donors for trusting us.