A Bright Future for QBL Communities
by Ed Dunlop
I would like to introduce myself as the new Board Clerk for Quaker Bolivia Link (QBL-US). Over a decade ago our daughter spent time in Bolivia teaching English at Friends Schools supported by the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund. Since then, members of our family have made a number of trips to Bolivia traveling the length of the country. Today, I am proud to serve as the Clerk of QBL-US, acting as the moderator and spokesperson for this Quaker organization.
QBL is more than twenty years old. We now have one of the only continuous long-term track records for directly alleviating poverty in the Bolivian Andean Plateau, an area known as the Altiplano, where these people are among the most impoverished in the world. We are making a real difference in alleviating significant causes of this extreme poverty. QBL pursues its mission by:
- listening carefully to what villagers/communities request;
- working with local municipal governments to jointly support & fund projects in a non-sectarian way; and
- having long-term staff capable of training and, as necessary, supervising communities in building and maintaining the projects they need.