Maya Paya Kimsa Initiative (BOL-78)

Type: Human Rights: Children Rights - Country: Bolivia

Brief description and main aims

The Maya Paya Kimsa Initiative seeks to end the problem of NNASC (children and adolescents on street situation), building a coordinated social network between private and public organizations, which does not allow a NNA find their living space on the street.
The Maya Paya Kimsa initiative is the bridge from the street into a supportive space, which allows an adequate comprehensive development to the child or adolescent who is currently homeless or at high risk.
The project aims to encourage, strengthen and accompany the processes that lead to the construction of a life project itself, which in its implementation gives a better quality of life to the subject in its development. The Maya Paya Kimsa Initiative focuses specifically on the part of the process known as "street work". This is the first phase for educators to approach the living space on the street of NNASC. The teaching staff addresses the targeted population, applying an innovative methodology that facilitates the processes needed to achieve a better quality of life for children and adolescents.

Main Activities

Maya Paya Kimsa works with 4 target populations:

  • Children and adolescents at street (NNASC).
  • Children and adolescents at high risk (NNAAR) who interact on a personal, group and territorial level with population living on the street.
  • Child and adolescent victims of commercial sexual violence (VSC) on the street
  • Girls and pregnant adolescents (NAG) on the street
Activities are preformed in 3 categories in order to reach the project's aims:
  • Diving: Diving or Rutaje comprises a form of direct encounter with NNASC, as close to their living space as possible. This is done through a tour of the city´s strategic points to generate individual approach and strengthen contacts.
  • Activity in neutral space: Three times a week a recreational structured activity is developed.
  • Open Centre: also three times a week the Open Center opens as physical space of contact with NNA. Being an institutional setting, it allows greater control of variables in terms of the characteristics of survival strategies of the NNASC

Volunteer tasks

The work consists in supporting the educators on the direct intervention with NNASC. Volunteers will support one or more of the different activities, and will be assigned specific responsibilities according to their interest and profile:
  • Street work
  • Attention on the Open Center
  • “Diving” or fist contact with NNASC
  • Health care
  • Preventive Work
  • Case follow up

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer must :
  • have prior training in the areas of social work, education and/or psychology
  • have an average or good level of Spanish
  • be 20 years or older
  • be an empathetic person with initiative, active, good interpersonal skills, highly creative, good common sense.
Male volunteers are preferable.


La Paz, Bolivia.

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

Living with a host family.

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