In spite of its rich natural resources and the election of Evo Morales as the first indigenous president in 2006, Bolivia, with almost 11 million inhabitants, is still one of the poorest nations in South America. Cochabamba, the third largest town in Bolivia, is located in the Andes at an altitude of over 8,000 feet. The Emmanuel Foundation is in a district of the town where prostitution and poverty are prevalent.
- 22,000 children under the age of six die each year from hunger and avoidable illnesses
- 40% of the children do not finish basic education because they have to find work to support the family financially
- Over 40% of the children live in very poor conditions, in one room without electricity and running water
- 30% of the children are raped – at home, at school, at work or in the street
80% of the children are victims of ongoing domestic violence and abuse