Friends of Alalay
Location – Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.
The Project – Friends of Alalay directly supports the Alalay Foundation, which was started in the early 1990’s by a 19 year-old Bolivian student who passed street children every day on her way to university and was determined to do something to help. Alalay rescues these kids from the streets and offers them a loving environment living together in family cabins. Alalay also feeds, clothes and educates the children and encourages them in their future working lives.
Our Support – The LATA Foundation has previously funded the medical unit and quail farm. The LATA Foundation’s latest donation at the start of 2015 supported their work to carry out vital refurbishment to the boys’ welcome house in Santa Cruz.
Further information – Since it was started, the Alalay Foundation has helped over 10,000 kids and adolescents and works with over 1,000 children annually, in the cities of La Paz, El Alto, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz. It currently has 400 children living in various centres, and provides food, health care, clothing, education, social work, spiritual, psychological and legal help, and technical training for them. Most importantly, it provides something they’ve often never had – a home and a family.
Friends of Alalay (FOA) was founded in 2006, by Annie Syrett a British volunteer at Alalay, to help ex-street children in the care of Alalay to help themselves, through financing predominantly educational and self-sustainable projects. FOA has supported many initiatives including ‘in-house consumption activities’ (livestock, carpentry, bakery, textile unit), vocational training for older ex-street children and houseparent salaries.
Specifically, FOA has financed the building and/or refurbishment of the Prevention House, the ‘Bristol House’ volunteer’s cabin and medical unit, and a multi-purpose space for the psychologist at the girls’ welcome centre, as well as general building maintenance.