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Project Description

Region: South America

Country: Bolivia

Location: Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Total Budget: $51,555

Area of Focus: Peacebuilding and conflict prevention


Executive Summary

Regardless of their socio-economic situation, Santa Cruz de la Sierra has the highest incidence of child sexual abuse cases of the country.

The purpose of this program, is to educate and empower students, parents, teachers, teachers aide in order to prevent, detect and treat sexual abuse cases in children.

Our goal is to implement this project in at least 10 public and private schools per year, from preschool and primary cycle in the City of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia and rural areas.

Our strategic ally is Asociación Nuevos Pasos, an organization that started this project some years ago (10 years in Peru and 4 year in Bolivia ) together with professional volunteers, we will be able to efficiently cover a larger child population.

The credibility and institutional image that Rotary has will contribute to generate greater awareness in the government and will achieve a greater impact in the society.



The department of Santa Cruz is the department with the highest population density, with a high percentage of immigrants from the interior.

At governmental level, there is very low assistance directed at the problem of child sexual abuse.

As mentioned before, Bolivia ranks second in Latin America in child sexual abuse cases. The statistics show the following numbers:

- 16 children and adolescents are raped every day

- 23% boys and 34% girls suffer sexual assault before age 18

- 75% cases are reported at home or at school

- 0.5% legal cases have a sentence

- 90% legal cases are suspended

- 0.2% victims receive psychological support.

The sustainability of the project will be defined by:

- Training of Rotary Club Satélite Grigotá members, to be a part of the implementation in the Prevention and Detection stage.

- Training teachers, teachers aid.

- Agreement with UAGRM University with the support of professionals in the area of ​​psychology, as well as in the area of ​ Forensic Psychology.

- Develop a multidisciplinary team with the strategic alliance of Rotary with Asociación Nuevos Pasos.

- Joint work force agreement with the Schools that will benefit with the program.

- Private Schools will sponsors public school by provide supplies needed to implement the program. In both cases, teachers and parents will be active collaborators in the prevention and detection stage.


The Project for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, is developed in three stages:

- Prevention

- Detection

- Follow up


Our main focus is on prevention; which is developed in schools mainly in children of preschool and primary age, through educational and recreational activities, with the participation of professionals in the areas of psychology, pedagogy and psychopedagogy.

A fundamental part of the project is Training of teachers, teachers aid and school assistants ; They will be implementing the program on a regular bases, since they are the people who spend more time with the children. This training gives them the necessary tools to impart the guidelines on prevention and detection of possible abuse cases.

Training is also provided to parents through education and information workshops about prevention and detection of sexual abuse. We give them written material with all the relevant information presented, so they can also follow up with their children at home, who will be benefited with the program as well.

2- Detection:

At this point, the support of psychologists with extensive knowledge in the interpretation of drawings is essential in order to be able to carry out a true "diagnosis".

Once the detection is made, personalized interviews and psychological tests used with the possible victim will give a better assessment of the possible victim. Likewise, home visits and interviews are conducted with parents or guardians , in order to complete the information needed for a diagnosis.

3- Follow up:

When an abuse is confirmed, Asociación Nuevos Pasos works together with social workers, psychologists and family lawyers, giving guidance to the family on the steps to follow.

The family receives phycological and legal support as the complaint is presented to the authorities,


The number of direct and indirect beneficiaries that have been reached with the Program, will be evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively at the end of school year.

Association Nuevos Pasos, will provide Rotary and the school intervened, a detailed report with the conclusions and the follow-ups carried out.

Primary Host Partner

District: 4690

Rotary Club of: Grigota

Primary Contact: Sílvia M. Zerda

Email: silviazerda@maxiking.com.bo

Primary International Partner

District: 5330

Rotary Club of: San Bernardino Sunset

Primary Contact: Bricia ElAawar

Email: bricialam@hotmail.com

Project Status

Need $13,999
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Project listed for the 2021-22 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Grigota (4690)





District 4540 DDF





District 5330 DDF





St. Catharines (7090)





San Bernardino Crossroads (5330)





Chicago O'Hare (6450)





Remaining Amount to Raise

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Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






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Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Jeff Moses

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by Jeff Moses

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by Livio Zozzoli

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 with $1,000 DDF by Lezlie Murch of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines, District 7090.


by Livio Zozzoli

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 with $2,500 DDF by Pat Steward of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman-Sunrise, District 7020.


System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $100 by Bricia ElAawar of the Rotary Club of San Bernardino Crossroads, District 5330.


by Livio Zozzoli

System Entry: Pledge of $12,255 by Sylvia Jewgienniew of the Rotary Club of Chicago, District 6450.


by Livio Zozzoli

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Livio Zozzoli

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".


by Livio Zozzoli

System Entry: Pledge of $530 with $470 DDF by Sylvia Jewgieniew of the Rotary Club of Chicago O'Hare, District 6450.


by Livio Zozzoli

System Entry: Pledge of $530 with $470 DDF by Sylvia Jewgieniew of the Rotary Club of Chicago O'Hare, District 6450.

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