Yapay Bolivia is a 501c3 education and healthcare nonprofit organization, born out of love for and dedicated to serving impoverished women and children in Bolivia. Recognizing the need for improved healthcare among Bolivian families, four women in 2016 saw an opportunity and pulled together to found what is known today as The Yapay Bolivia Foundation. Priding itself on being a zero-overhead charity and since its founding in 2016, 100% of donations have gone directly to Bolivia to help those who need it most.
At the heart of every organization are the donors that make it possible, and Yapay Bolivia works tirelessly to ensure that all donations go directly to those in need. In addition to striving for excellence as a healthcare nonprofit organization, Yapay Bolivia is a zero-overhead charity, meaning that all work is done by volunteers and that all overhead costs are covered by the founders themselves. Yapay Bolivia values transparency above all else, and donors develop a deep trust by knowing exactly where their donations go.
In Quechua, an indigenous Bolivian language, “yapay” means “give a little more.” This adequately serves as the root of Yapay Bolivia’s mission statement to alleviate poverty and suffering through research, testing, implementation and revision of best social practices related to nonprofit healthcare. Organizations in Bolivia work side by side with Yapay Bolivia to ensure that solutions are sustainable and impactful for generations to come.
Since its founding in 2016, donations have been used to purchase life-saving medical equipment including an ultrasound machine, pediatric aesthetic machine, surgical equipment, breast pumps, mother postpartum kits, masks, PPE and sanitation kits. A private mothers’ center was also constructed, allowing for mothers of newborn babies to have somewhere to shower, sleep and wash clothing during mandatory hospital stays.
Yapay Bolivia has not limited itself to being only a nonprofit healthcare organization but actively supports the education and professional development of Bolivian citizens as well. It contributes to education by providing educational supplies, teachers’ salaries, and aid specific to the COVID-19 Pandemic and other timely events. Yapay Bolivia also works closely with other orphanages, child protection centers and education facilities across rural and urban Bolivia.
Thanks to its generous donors and partners, Yapay Bolivia continues to create an impact and “give a little more” to those who need it most.
Data from Unicef⁽¹⁾ and CDC⁽²⁾
- 1. https://www.unicef.org/bolivia/07_UNICEF_Bolivia_CK_-_concept_note_-_Maternal_and_Child_Health_low.pdf
- 2. https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/pregnancy-mortality-surveillance-system.htm