Christmas Presents for Children in Need
This is one of our most heartwarming seasonal Gifts That Give More™, back each year by popular demand.
This holiday season, give presents to children in need!
Bolivia is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America, with 60% of the population living in poverty, and widespread unemployment and underemployment. For rural families in remote areas of Bolivia such as the Eliodoro Camacho province on the northeastern edge of Lake Titicaca, luxuries like store-bought toys for their children are out of the question.
To bring smiles to these small faces, the Bolivian nonprofit Cree & Sueña (Believe & Dream) distributes Christmas presents in the remote area north of the capital city of La Paz.
You can help bring smiles this Christmas! Each donation through this Gift That Gives More™ provides a child in rural Bolivia with two small Christmas gifts as well as a small bag of cookies and candy. The most popular toys are soccer balls, "Barbie" dolls, tea sets, and trucks. The kids love them, and these small, inexpensive toys can mean the world to a child, especially one who has never had a toy before.
Donations will be collected through December 18, 2013, and given to our charity partner, Cree & Sueña (Believe & Dream), which will purchase and distribute the supplies in the days after Christmas.
With your help, Cree & Sueña hopes to raise enough money in 2013 to expand its gift-giving to the town of Jesus de Machaca, close to the Chilean border. High in the Andes mountains, Jesus de Machaca sits close to 5,000 meters above sea level. There are fewer than 800 residents, 45% of them children 14 and under. The villagers belong to the Aymaran people, an ancient indigenous ethnic group that existed before the Incan Empire.
Last year's Christmas presents
"Last year, we were able to donate 600 toys to poor children in the highlands of Bolivia, specifically around the island of Copacabana that is part of Lake Titicaca.
Again we brought toys to four small towns--Challa, Challapampa, and Yumani--reachable only by boat, and Sahuina, near the border with Peru.
Each year we gather in my grandmother's apartment on Christmas morning to start putting all the toys in cars. We journey from La Paz to Copacabana. We usually spend a night in Copacabana, since the boat ride takes a full day, and we have three communities around the island where we give toys.
The children's favorite toys remain soccer balls, plastic trucks (especially for places with rocks and dust), a doll that looks like a Barbie, kitchen sets and tea sets."
Cree & Sueña (Believe & Dream) is a Bolivian nonprofit charity with volunteers based in La Paz and Seattle. Its mission is to spread joy and bring smiles to the faces of Bolivian children in rural areas by distributing toys, gifts, and school supplies to children whose families cannot afford them.
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