Bolivia has a population of just over 10 million people, about 4 million of which are under 18. Official estimates say that more than half of the population live below the international standard poverty line with an income of less than US$2 a day and that just under 3 million children and adolescents are victims of some level of injustice, exclusion, social inequality, exploitation, discrimination or poverty.
The following statistics, originate from UNICEF and/or the Bolivian Government. They can help in understanding children’s situation in Bolivia:
- 2 million children live in poverty.
- 800,000 children are forced to work.
- 400,000 children have been a victim of sexual violence.
- 32,000 children live in orphanages (most have been abandoned by living parents).
- 6,000 children are homeless and live on the streets.
- 1,000 children live with their parents in prisons (which have no facilities for children).
- 30% of children who start school do not even finish primary school.
Anything that can help improve these depressing statistics is important.