Mosoj Yan

Mosoj Yan, which means ‘new road’ in Quechua, was founded in 1991 with the aim of assisting young women working on the streets. This Christian organization provides various different rehabilitation and prevention services to young women and children. Mosoj Yan runs four different programs around the city, including a daycare shelter with educational facilities, two residential homes, a handicrafts shop, and a café.

Mosoj Yan hopes to make positive impact in the lives of young women living or who have lived on the streets by empowering them to take control of their lives and become active members of society. Its objectives include:

  • To provide educational services and support for girls looking for alternative employment
  • To support girls through the process of social reintegration
  • To provide shelter for those who have left home
  • To create micro-finance opportunities
  • To offer counseling and psychological aid, as well as legal, educational and health services

Who does Mosoj Yan help?
At present, Mosoj Yan assists over 700 girls a year across its four programs. Those who seek Mosoj Yan’s help range from children to young adolescents, some of whom are young mothers. Some of the girls at Mosoj Yan live with their families, but spend the day selling wares on the street; some have faced family problems such as abuse; others live on the streets, at risk of prostitution, drug use and a criminal lifestyle.

Working Conditions:
Mosoj Yan’s main office is centrally located in Cochabamba. It has well developed facilities and volunteers will have access to computers. There is also a restaurant and café run by the girls whom the organization helps.

How to get there:
The main office is located on Cochabamba’s city center, a short walking distance from our offices and most host families.

Mosoj Yan Programs:

Center for Girls Who Work on the Street:
The center provides support and opportunities for girls between the ages of six and eighteen. Mosoj Yan aims to positively influence the lives of troubled young women by helping them improve their relationships with their families and by providing them with career advice and educational aid. Girls have access to showers, a dining hall, and laundry services at the center. Motivational workshops are scheduled to inspire these young girls to access greater opportunities. Previous workshops have included computing, bakery, volleyball and handicrafts.

Volunteer/internship opportunities include:

  • Provide educational support
  • Develop and implement workshops
  • Maintain and increase cooperation with other organization and donors
  • Create educational and recreational activities

The Production Center:
Mosoj Yan runs a café and a handicrafts shop in the center of Cochabamba which sells products made in the other centers. Both are operated by girls who have been helped by Mosoj Yan. These generate profits in order to help sustain the other projects and also raise community awareness.

Volunteer/ internship opportunities include:

  • Marketing of Mosoj Yan products
  • Making contacts with potential buyers and maintaining contacts with current buyers
  • Helping run the café/shop
  • Developing and implementing workshops (e.g. on business strategies)

The Motivation Center:
The Motivation Center focuses on offering alternative opportunities to girls who live on the street. Mosoj Yan actively seeks out homeless young women offering them a room at the center. Facilities include showers, laundry services, lockers, and childcare. They also have access to therapy, counseling, healthcare, and education, all of which can aid them with integrating back into school and society. Mosoj Yan periodically offers recreational activities and excursions.

Volunteer/internship opportunities include:

  • Create new workshops
  • Design educational and recreational activities
  • Organize cultural outings ( e.g. museums, national parks)
  • Help provide childcare/give parenting advice
  • Fundraise

The Restoration Center:
The Restoration Center concentrates on the reintegration of girls back into society; whether it be with their families or independently. The girls who stay at the Restoration Center are either seeking shelter from abusive situations (physical, psychological, sexual) or from the streets. The center shelters up to fifteen girls at a time.

Volunteer/internship opportunities include:

  • Devise workshops designed to develop their capabilities and skills, and to increase motivation and self-esteem
  • Assist or lead therapy sessions (dependent upon experience)
  • Raise community awareness
  • Provide support during integration
  • Fundraise and acquire needed donations in the form of clothing, kitchen utensils, educational material, etc.

Volunteer/ Internship requirements:

  • Upper intermediate Spanish
  • Experience in education and working with street children
  • Experience in a relevant field (e.g. psychology, education, marketing) is valued, but not necessary
  • Motivated and supportive
  • Minimum commitment period of three months