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  1. 1."Changing lives through education, healthcare, and community development”
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  3. 3. Our Approach Proyecto Horizonte is an integrated village development program, located in the outskirts of Cochabamba, Bolivia. It serves over 700 children, and its families, with a well planned concept covering all aspects of life, including education, health care, sports, culture, and community development. The goal of the organization is to lift the area from being one of the poorest and most dangerous places in the region to an opportunity filled and safe sub-center of the city. What makes us unique? - Proyecto Horizonte is completely funded by private donors without any religious, political or other motive. Administrative costs of the project are below 0.5%. Close personal relationships are very important to us, both with the community and our donors. - The community we serve now contributes towards 15% of the budget, up from 5% when we started seven years ago. - Proyecto Horizonte aims to work with local staff only. Almost all employees are from Bolivia and many are from the actual community. We do have many international volunteers. - Our approach is holistic. We can only ensure that our work effectively changes the living conditions of the community if we cover all aspects of their lives. - We use an approach to microfinance which is far beyond traditional concepts; providing primarily training, coaching and ongoing support to micro entrepreneurs instead of pure 3 lending. We have achieved a lot since our start in 2004, but there is still a long way to go. There is still no water supply, the level of violence is still too high and we still need to integrate the neighboring areas. Further work also needs to be done in job creation. Proyecto Horizonte is completely funded by private donors without any religious, political or other motive. Proyecto Horizonte is represented in the US through Bolivian Charity Foundation (BCF), a registered 501 (c3) organization. Donations are tax deductible.
  4. 4. Content The Situation 5 Bolivia 5 Mineros San Juan 5 How Proyecto Horizonte helps 5 How Proyecto Horizonte helps 6 Past 6 Present 6 Future 10 How can you help us? 10 Donations 10 Fundraising 12 Volunteer 12 Collaborator and Ambassadors 12 Contact Information 13 4
  5. 5. The SituationBolivia A land-locked country in South America, Bolivia is one the poorest countries in the region with high infant mortality rates, low life expectancy and 65% of the population living below the national poverty line. It has been plagued with political and economic instability and violent protesting is not uncommon. There is a large indigenous population that has a strong culture.Mineros San Juan Mineros San Juan is a small community on the outskirts of Cochabamba, the third largest city in Bolivia. This settlement was established in August of 2001 by former miners, who migrated to Cochabamba in search of brighter prospects. Due to its illegal status, Uspha-Uspha initially lacked any infrastructure for the supply of basic utilities. In 2004, the settlement received an electricity connection. There is still no plumbing or toilets and water must be delivered by trucks to a central location in the community. It is then collected by the families in large drums. In the beginning, the people of Uspha-Uspha lived in huts built from wood, plastic or other usable garbage. The majority now lives in simple mud-brick homes but with an average of 4-6 children per family, conditions are still cramped and less than satisfactory. Adult illiteracy is high and the majority of the inhabitants are seasonal workers or daily laborers. Men mostly 5 work in construction and women wash clothes. Many have family members who migrate to other countries to try and provide better income for their family. The health condition of the residents of Uspha-Uspha is of a poor standard. Poor hygienic conditions, malnutrition diarrhea are widespread and frequently cause under development and death, especially among the children. Pulmonary problems from poor working conditions are also a common cause of early deaths in the community.
  6. 6. How Proyecto Horizonte helpsPast The Sociedad San Vicente de Paúl established a health center in Uspha-Uspha in 2001, which provided basic medical and dental care, limited schooling and distribution of meals and clothes. In February 2004, the Sociedad San Vicente de Paúl met with Christian Ruehmer, a banker from New York with the idea to “do something good” and by December 2004, the first 100 children were welcomed to a newly constructed day care centre. Construction continued and by spring 2006 an additional 2 storey building was completed that allowed for the expansion of medical and day care centre services. In 2007 the main stage of the school construction was complete, with multiple incremental stages continually being completed since then. But our progress has not just been in the bricks we have laid. The other non-infrastructure related successes we have had also have had huge milestones including the creation of Tantakuna in 2008, the first microenterprise (a bakery), and the numerous education programs that have been implemented.PresentDay-Care Centre Currently there are 160 children ranging from 1-6 years old attending the day care centre. The children receive a full day of care from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Each group has an early childhood specialized teacher, supported by 1 to 2 assistants who are usually recruited from the village. 6 The provision of these services allows parents to work, bringing in much needed income, without leaving children unattended or taken to the workplace. The director, teachers and the development learning psychologist ensure that activities provide stimulus for learning and development, monitor the progress of the children and work with the children are behind. This is common due the impacts of malnutrition. Parents pay on average the equivalent of 4 USD per month. Those who cannot afford this amount support us during regular working hours with the cleaning and maintenance of the building.
  7. 7. School Approximately 700 children ages 6 to 16 years attended our school in 2010. We offer morning and afternoon classes for 11 grades and have a team of 17 teachers. Students have a curriculum that includes mathematics, natural and social sciences, literature, music, ethics, art and as well as 3 languages; Spanish, English and Quecha. Those that can pay a small fee per term and scholarships are offered to those who cannot or have a large number of children attending. This ensures that no one in the community is left out.Evening School Besides the education of children, we have also established an evening school for adults. The CEA- CETHA system leads to a university recognized high school diploma within 5 years and is available even to those who are illiterate. The teaching method used for this program is very interactive and is adapted to best suit any previous education and knowledge the student may have had. The residents of Uspha-Uspha have embraced the initiative with enthusiasm; the diploma is the realization of a dream for many. Currently, the youngest participant is 16 years old, while the oldest is 62 years old.Health Center The Health Center consists of a team of seven professionals; two doctors, two dentists, two registered nurses and one assistant. We also support the local university intern programs and these supply more much needed hands. The majority of consultations are to pregnant mothers and children. The demand for basic medical care is very high and education on health problems 7 is a key problem that needs to be faced.Nutrition In the day care centre, children receive four meals per day which includes a breakfast, a nutritious lunch and two snacks. The menu was developed by nutritional specialists and is adjusted to meet the specific needs of the children. In addition, the Health Center offers breakfast to all of the other children in the community consisting of hot milk and bread. Every day between 20 and 30 children, during holidays up to as many as 70 children visit us for this service. In the school, teachers started an initiative to provide cheap nutritious lunches. As many parents are working during the day many of the students were having no or low nutrition lunches. With lunch being the biggest meal of the day in Bolivia, this initiative has made a big difference in the health and development of the children.
  8. 8. Women’s Group “Tantakuna” Women from the community meet at "Tantakuna" (Quechua for "together”), a club dedicated for their use where they can work together on handicrafts and goods for sale. Tantakuna incorporates a bakery, an Alpaca-knitting group, a kiosk, training and education, as well as individual and group counseling with a dedicated psychologist. In collaboration with the women, we develop initiatives to improve their social and economic situations, as well as enhancing their professional chances. We aim through this program to also enhance equal opportunities between men and women.Micro-finance and Micro-enterprise The sustainable economic development of Uspha-Uspha is very important to us. We provide small loans to help people get a start in small businesses or support them during vocational training. This helps people break the vicious cycle of poverty and create jobs that will encourage people to stay in the area. We provide finance and entrepreneurs training to all those who receive financing.Community Education Programs These have been many and varied over the years and are subject to resources and demand. We strive to give education on health, hygiene and nutrition as well as finances and vocational training. Our concept of holistic education encompasses the advancement of children, the participation of parents and the progression of education and specialization of the staff. Each year a training package for the staff is created, which is tailored to their needs and interests. For the parents we organize evening classes at least 8 once a month. The classes are organized by our psychologists and include topics like improving communication within the family.Other Initiatives Our Computer room, a donation of the New York based Orphaned Starfish Foundation, opened in July and offers now classes for more than 500 students per week. We are connected to the internet and the students started a blog. Mineros de San Juan Uspha-Uspha is not connected to the water system. Water is delivered in trucks and at this stage; a better system is outside our scope. However we have an initiative to improve the quality of the water and the hygiene. The program is primarily based on education.
  9. 9. We have 2 clinical psychologists who support many in the community helping people deal with depression, domestic violence and broken families.Team Horizonte currently has 70 staff and many volunteers. Here we present some of them: Christian Ruehmer initially founded the project and now represents it internationally. As the president, he is involved with the most important decisions, as well as being responsible for sourcing international funding and creating future plans for the project. Christian is a banker in New York who has no other desire than making this project the most successful small charity of its kind. Nicola Pauli coordinates the various project fields in Bolivia, in order to ensure effective and efficient work. She is responsible for the planning of new project areas, public work, coordination of volunteers, communication and leads both the sports and cultural activities for teenagers and the women’s group Tantakuna. Mabel Romero is the director of the day care centre and is thus directly responsible for over 160 children and 16 employees. She liaises with the education ministry, assures the highest quality work of the staff and education of the children. She also liaises between parents ensuring they are fully informed about their children´s education. Osvaldo Castro is responsible for all local administration. He represents the project publicly 9 when entering negotiations with public institutions. He ensures that every cent is spent effectively and in line with the vision of the project. Finally, he is the chairperson of Sociedad San Vicente de Paúl, Cochabamba. Doctor Alvaro Mendoza Claros has headed the Health Center since January 2005. He is responsible for the entire team of health professionals. He also coordinates collaborations with various government run institutions that contribute to the improvement of health in Uspha- Uspha. Guillermo Zubieta Villegas has worked as the director of the school since February 2009. Prior to this he led the team responsible for the evening school. He coordinates the teachers, the administration staff and the psychologists and ensures the highest quality of instruction. He fulfills administrative tasks required by the education ministry and is responsible of the overall functioning of the school.
  10. 10. Future Horizonte is now almost 7 years old. The progress that we have seen so far is very impressive. We realize, however, that the journey ahead is long. We aim not just to provide immediate assistance where it is needed most but the support and education to ensure that future generations no longer need this charity. To reach this goal, we will need to continue to run initiatives for education in health, finances and work towards job creation. Our biggest challenges are in making our initiatives sustainable and of higher quality. We will continue to work with members of the community to unite them and improve living standards throughout the community. We will continue to build the infrastructure required to support our initiatives and provide the best facilities. Neighboring communities also need our help and we are starting to work in collaboration with other local teams to ensure that our services are utilized as much as possible and we support them in their endeavors to also build community and health centers to provide greater access of much needed services.How can you help us? Horizonte needs your help. Only with the ongoing support from its friends and donors, Horizonte can achieve its goals. Our friends have experienced the growth of the community, realized their own dreams of self development, and are continuously ready to invest their patience, sympathy, energy and of course, their own finances, so that the community of Uspha-Uspha are able to live a better 10 quality of life. We reach out to you in the belief that the bigger that our circle of friends is, the more we can achieve together. We need help in many forms including monetarily (donations and fundraising), manpower (volunteering and ideas) and in spreading news of our good work to a wider network of people (Collaborator and ambassador). Please see below in more detail how you may help us.Donations Horizonte is a non-profit organization that is funded through donations. After donations, the second largest source of income is the contributions from the parents. As the project develops and increases in capacity, this source will grow but it still remains at 15%. If you would like to support the children of Uspha-Uspha, we will guarantee you efficiency and transparency in the allocation of resources, as well
  11. 11. as a personal level of involvement with the project: - Our current organizational structure allows us to draw on almost 100% of the donations made to the project. No administrative costs or other expenditures will diminish the effect of your donations. All persons assisting outside of Bolivia work free of charge. - Horizonte believes in the value and importance of personal involvement in our work. We allow you to get to know the members of staff, the managerial team, and also the children. - You are able to follow the effects of your donations via our regular news coverage, especially via our website. We value absolute transparency to our financiers. We have a range of ways that you can donate, including the following:- Sponsorship program for the children of Uspha-Uspha: we had initially started a small sponsorship program; however, now that the school has opened we are able to extend our sponsorship program considerably. With just USD 15 per month you can enable one child’s access to the school or day care centre.- Sponsor a class: for USD 350 per month you can “adopt” an entire class. We are able to organize information exchange with the children of Uspha-Uspha. This is especially appropriate for school partnerships. The children of Uspha-Uspha expand their horizons, learning more about the world outside of Bolivia, while children from your school learn about life in Bolivia. You may also wish to combine a class sponsorship with project days for your own school.- Sponsor a teacher: here at Horizonte much attention is paid to the employment of talented educators, 11 to ensure the highest quality of education. Help us by sponsoring a teacher for USD 130 - per month.- One week in Uspha-Uspha in your name: For USD 3,500 you can support one week in Uspha-Uspha. We can select a week for you in which there is a special event organized so you are able to act as patron.- One-time donations: we have many ideas for specific uses of one-time donations or alternatively, one- time donations for general use.
  12. 12. Fundraising Other means of providing us with funds is to run fundraising activities wherever you are in the world. We are very open to ideas about generating funds or increasing the publicity of our projects as long as they are within our philosophy of direct and efficient help. With regards to funding, we are excited to present you with some sponsor ideas. Of course we are able to provide you with the necessary materials for all of the programs. Some ideas for fundraising activities include: o Photographic Competition – Host a competition in your workplace or school with the theme of “My home“/“My city“/“My family“ etc – we can provide you with photos taken by the children of Uspha Uspha to exhibit alongside your photographs. o Music concerts, bake and other sales, Mini-marathon with a small participation fee, summer/school festivities, etc. o We are also open to supporting any bigger ideas that you may have.Volunteer Locally, we have a great volunteer program that allows volunteers to work assisting in the provision of every day services such as English classes and daycare but also supports any desire to work and create on other projects within the community that are in line with our goals and utilize their skills and talents. This not only broadens our services but also supports the development of international aid workers. 12 We also have a number of volunteers who help us from their own countries. This is through a number of activities such as; organization of events, marketing of the organisation and administration tasks.Collaborator and Ambassadors We are always open to work with others organizations to improve our combined effort on making poverty history. We are also looking for Ambassadors who help us promoting our work through their status and connections!
  13. 13. Contact Information Further information please direct your enquiries to the appropriate persons: Christian Ruehmer Nicola Pauli Founder, Board Member of Bolivian Director of communications, planning & Charity Foundation coordination +1 917 498 5028 +591 76401412 Skype: Christian Ruehmer Skype: nicola.pauli Internet: Please support Proyecto Horizonte Uspha-Uspha with monetary donations Send a check payable to Bolivian Charity Foundation: Bolivian Charity Foundation (BCF) c/o Christian Ruehmer 520W 19th Street, #7c New York, NY, 10011 The BCF is a registered 501(c)3 organization Online donations are possible via our website 13