Brother Manolo Centre is a work of the Congregation of Christian Brothers whose charisma is education especially for the poor and has a presence in the five continents.
Since 2005, the congregation has attended to children and adolescents on the streets of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Currently Brother Manolo Centre is named after Br. Timothy Nicholas O Brian, Buenos Aires and is dedicated to improving the human reality of children and adolescents under eighteen years of age who are workers in the market area of Cochabamba, Bolivia. The center serves their educational, psychological and spiritual needs, intervening directly in improving their working conditions in order to prevent the process of falling victim to the risks of being in the streets, like delinquency, drugs, prostitution etc.
Brother Manolo Centre is an institution that ensures that the children in the market enjoy their childhood and are surrounded by compassionate people.
Create a community environment where children and young workers under 18 years of age can live their values and enjoy their rights.
A child protection policy based on Christian values, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Constitution of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
Prevent the process of youth falling victim to the risks of being in the streets, like delinquency, drugs, prostitution etc.
Specifically our objectives are to:
We rent an office in the train station, first floor, Room 19, where the underage workers can call in from 9.00 to 12.00 in the morning and from 15.00 to 18.00 in the afternoon. It is a space where the underage workers get personal attention, where they can read the newspaper, complete school assignments, rest, play and have access to the computer. There are also opportunities for sports on Saturdays and a few excursions.
We have street educators accompanying the underage workers in their workplace, a social worker visiting their families and their schools. Volunteering for adolescents in Bolivia is a great way to be aware of the reality. Also, through public events we call the attention of society to the reality and risks of the underage workers and the obligations of the neighbors to them. By means of a monthly newsletter we try to raise awareness of the human rights of the underage workers. The team consists of 3 people full time, 2 part- time, and volunteers to attend to some fifty underage workers of which some thirty are monitored intensely.
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