Quaker Bolivia Link (QBL) is a Quaker response to poverty.
• QBL works to raise awareness of Bolivian culture and society.
• QBL seeks to include men and women equally in the planning and leadership of projects.
• QBL does not fund projects that have a religious purpose and neither includes nor excludes communities because of their religious beliefs.
• Sixty five percent of Bolivians are indigenous Andean people. They are poor and marginalized in their own country. They face many obstacles including poor soil, a short growing season and a lack of safe water for drinking and irrigation. There is widespread malnutrition.
• The international community often overlooks Bolivia because its problems are not the result of natural disasters, violent conflict, or terrorism. The plight of the indigenous Bolivians remains largely ignored.
• QBL funds projects generated by the communities themselves. We do not impose our ideas, but work with the populace to meet their self-defined goals. QBL provides skilled planning, supervised construction, maintenance and management training, and long-term evaluation.