Sustainable Bolivia Film Project
The Sustainable Bolivia Film Project was conceived in early 2009 with the goal of making a series of short documentaries which highlight the work of our partner organizations. Much of the work being done by our partners is unknown outside the small sphere within which they operate, and these documentaries are a useful tool to tell the story of their origins, aims and methods. Furthermore, the act of making a documentary is also a project in itself; a chance to involve the community in the process of constructing an archive which will then be presented to its various members and kept as a memory for future generations.
Through a medium which extends beyond conventional outreach models, these documentaries are used for both fundraising and informative purposes. They provide both a voice for personal stories and a method of bringing abstract issues to life. Finally, these films strike a balance between the harsher realities of Bolivian life with the perseverance, energy and happiness that is prevalent within our partner organizations.
Thus far we have produced eight documentaries showcasing the work of five of our partners: CEDSOL, Centro de Salud Pacata, Educar es Fiesta, CAICC and Energetica. Please view the documentaries below:
CEDESOL was incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 2003 with the aim of improving the lives of rural communities through the promotion of renewable energies. Their main objective is to promote and implement solar cookers and wood stoves in homes and institutions in order to improve the quality of life of rural inhabitants.
Educar es fiesta was created as a center of artistic training and human creation. Its central objective is to improve the quality of life and development of artistic potentialities of children, adolescents and young people through an educative-creative-artistic process with participation of families, schools, important actors of the community and state public institutions. Using a unique methodology to reach communities and at-risk children using activities focused on the arts, Educar es fiesta also aims to contribute to the fortification of communities, families and children through the promotion of peace and conflict resolution, learning to treat others with respect, the raising of self-esteem and an awareness of human rights.
The Centro de Salud Pacata was built in 1990 and is situated in the northern zone of Cochabamba. The Center concentrates on health promotion and disease prevention. Members of staff make regular trips to surrounding communities and give educational talks at schools. The Center offers the services of four doctors, five nurses, one dentist, and three administrators. It offers basic medical attention as well as pediatrics, gynecology, psychology, and psychiatry. There is also a laboratory service twice a week.
The Central de Apoyo Integral Carcelario y Comunitario (CAICC ) serves children and adolescents who parents are either incarcerated or have migrated to other countries to search for economic opportunities. CAICC offers children a space in which they can grow and help them develop their self-esteem and discover their potential. CAICC offers recreational activities, a balanced diet, and sees that children attend school.
Energetica seeks to improve the quality of life of rural and marginal urban populations by promoting development through the rational use of energy. At present, only 17.2% of rural families have access to energy sources. Energetica aims to change this by offering alternatives such as solar power which would cover up to 98% of a family’s energy needs. Since 1993, Energetica has implemented over 100 projects in all the departments of Bolivia, and between 1999 and 2001 10,572 families directly and 68,657 families indirectly benefited from one of their established projects.