WORLD VISION PARTNERSHIP | Lomas, Bolivia
Vaughan Community Church is part of World Vision's Global Partner Opportunities program, which pairs a church with a community living in poverty in a developing country. In partnership with World Vision, the church supports the community to foster a deep transformation, which helps them become self-supporting and self-sustaining. Since 2016, VCC has committed to journeying with Lomas, Bolivia for 12-15 years through this program.
- The program is divided into 3 phases, and Lomas is in Phase 1: Building the foundation. With local leaders, World Vision helps assess the community’s needs and resources, and plan projects to provide long-term solutions. This is where sponsorship and development opportunities begin.
- As part of VCC's long-term commitment to Lomas, we are also fundraising a total of $30,000 towards the improvement of two Early Childhood Development centres in Lomas. With more than $10,000 raised toward this goal over the last 18 months, we hope to meet $20,000 before the end of this year. The centres will be equipped with crucial resources for learning and development, including playgrounds, bathroom facilities, kitchens and the planting of two organic gardens.
- Nine members from our congregation will be heading to Lomas, Bolivia to visit our World Vision Global Partner community this summer.
- This will be VCC EM’s second trip to Lomas since the start of our partnership. The first vision trip was in 2016.
- On this trip, our team will visit the community’s Early Childhood Development centres, meet with our sponsor children and their families, and work with the World Vision team to learn more about Lomas’ needs and opportunities for growth.
ABOUT LOMAS, BOLIVIA
Lomas is a community on the outskirts of Cochabamba in Bolivia. The population of this urban slum continues to grow as families migrate from rural communities toward the city in search of better lives. Most make their living as drivers, masons, street vendors, and, particularly for men, selling wares at the market.
The population in Lomas is very young, with 53% younger than 20 years old, and often under-educated. Most families are struggling to get by, and with parents working long hours outside the home, children are usually left on their own during the day with no one to monitor their studies and nutrition, or keep them out of risky situations. Alcoholism, drugs and crime continue to be worries.