Bolivia – Assistance for Shoeshiners in La Paz – Hormigón Armado de la Fundación Arte y Cultura Bolivianas
The Hormigón Armado newspaper provides help to Shoeshiners, cleaners of car windows, street vendors and other young people who work and are homeless of La Paz, Bolivia. These young people are at a high risk of exposure to the Covid-19 virus. They live in poverty and have no choice but to go work in the streets to earn enough to survive.
Hormigón Armado is more than a newspaper, it is a program that depends on the Bolivian Art and Culture Foundation and is dedicated to covering topics related to the lives of shoeshines, cleaners of car windows, etc. A total of 75% of the proceeds from the newspaper sales stays with the boys who are also in charge of the sale.
The $ 3,000 donation will finance the purchase of protection and hygiene kits for 153 persons making up 32 families. The kits will be delivered in person (maintaining social distancing) and the beneficiaries will be instructed on the hygiene and social distancing requirements to minimize contagion.
The Hormigón Armado newspaper is the executing agency of the project and will be in charge of its supervision. The project was approved by the Board of Directors of the Association of Retirees on June 22, 2020 and the funds were disbursed on June 25.