CIWY’s origins lie in helping disadvantaged youth. In 1988 Juan Carlos Antezana and Nena Baltazar began an initiative to help teach trade skills to less privileged children in El Alto, La Paz, giving them the means to support themselves. Over the years CIWY’s work developed and its principal mission is now to help rescued wildlife, a change you can read more about here. However we have never lost sight of our original mission of supporting children.
In Parque Machía and Parque Ambue Ari, CIWY looks after and provides for children from various backgrounds, getting them involved with our work with wildlife and giving them a sense of importance. These children dedicate their free time to helping to care for the animals while maintaining good marks in school. CIWY has become these children’s family and many of them want to go to university to study biology or veterinary medicine. We want to continue to support them and to help them realize their goals. However, we cannot do this without your help.
Youth Development Fund
In 2009 we started the Youth Development Fund (YDF) to provide CIWY’s youth with financial support for their higher education; thus enabling them to attend university and realize their full potential in life. The YDF is managed by CIWY’s Board of Directors and its funds are intended only for educational purposes.
Help CIWY’s youth realise their full potential by making a donation to this fund:
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