HISTORY

The vision for this Project came about after having read the verses in the New Testament book of John 2: 13 – 22. Jesus shows His sadness at the fact that the original purpose of the temple wasn’t being fulfilled. It had become full of barriers and restrictions and seemed to be more concerned with making money at any cost when Jesus cried out, “Don’t turn my Father’s house into a marketplace!” Jesus wants so much for us to know that we can be sons and daughters of His Father too and really understanding this has the potential to fill us with so much hope, love and freedom to live the lives He has designed for us.  So this is where the name ‘La Casa de mi Padre’, My Father’s House comes from! Our vision is to extend this love and hope as much as we can to each individual person as well as to the community as a whole. The name for the project could in fact just as well be ‘Our Father’s House’ seeing as God’s desire is that we all feel included and valued in His family and incorporated into a real and personal relationship with Him.  La Casa de mi Padre, is a project that has been born out of the Anticipando Foundation here in La Paz, Bolivia. Part of Anticipando’s vision is to reach out to needy people and share the good news Jesus offers us, and as such La Casa de mi Padre is accountable to and works alongside and out of Anticipando.

The vision for this Project came about after having read the verses in the New Testament book of John 2: 13 – 22. Jesus shows His sadness at the fact that the original purpose of the temple wasn’t being fulfilled. It had become full of barriers and restrictions and seemed to be more concerned with making money at any cost when Jesus cried out, “Don’t turn my Father’s house into a marketplace!” Jesus wants so much for us to know that we can be sons and daughters of His Father too and really understanding this has the potential to fill us with so much hope, love and freedom to live the lives He has designed for us.  So this is where the name ‘La Casa de mi Padre’, My Father’s House comes from! Our vision is to extend this love and hope as much as we can to each individual person as well as to the community as a whole. The name for the project could in fact just as well be ‘Our Father’s House’ seeing as God’s desire is that we all feel included and valued in His family and incorporated into a real and personal relationship with Him.

La Casa de mi Padre, is a project that has been born out of the Anticipando Foundation here in La Paz, Bolivia. Part of Anticipando’s vision is to reach out to needy people and share the good news Jesus offers us, and as such La Casa de mi Padre is accountable to and works alongside and out of Anticipando.


Background & Needs

Located in front of the beautiful Valley of the Spirits, Chasquipampa is a semi-rural district in the South Zone of La Paz. However, its proximity to La Paz’s most desirable area is misleading. It is famous for its ‘prestes’ (street drinking parties), domestic violence, child abuse and even gangs.  There are a high number of people who have recently migrated from the countryside amongst Chasquipampa’s population, and therefore it is possible that some children are first language Aymara speakers, with their second language being Spanish.  According to a recent study carried out by World Vision in 2016, 83% of children in Bolivia suffer some form of violence, be that physical, psychological or sexual violence. 

Located in front of the beautiful Valley of the Spirits, Chasquipampa is a semi-rural district in the South Zone of La Paz. However, its proximity to La Paz’s most desirable area is misleading. It is famous for its ‘prestes’ (street drinking parties), domestic violence, child abuse and even gangs.

There are a high number of people who have recently migrated from the countryside amongst Chasquipampa’s population, and therefore it is possible that some children are first language Aymara speakers, with their second language being Spanish.

According to a recent study carried out by World Vision in 2016, 83% of children in Bolivia suffer some form of violence, be that physical, psychological or sexual violence. 

CONTEXT

After realizing that Chasquipampa and Ovejuyo are known for high rates of violence and sexual abuse, as a community at the Anticipando House of Prayer we wanted to do something to help the children and women who are effectively living on our doorstep.  The idea of having a house that could be a place of recreation and refuge as well as a safe space to learn and be creative came about; a place where children and women, and one day whole families, can come to know Jesus’ love in practical, tangible ways through English classes, cooking and baking classes, crafting and eventually sports and music classes too.    Our aim is that we could one day own our own place and have a communal house where people who need to escape violent or abusive relationships could come and stay for a while before being able to rebuild their lives.

After realizing that Chasquipampa and Ovejuyo are known for high rates of violence and sexual abuse, as a community at the Anticipando House of Prayer we wanted to do something to help the children and women who are effectively living on our doorstep.

The idea of having a house that could be a place of recreation and refuge as well as a safe space to learn and be creative came about; a place where children and women, and one day whole families, can come to know Jesus’ love in practical, tangible ways through English classes, cooking and baking classes, crafting and eventually sports and music classes too.  

Our aim is that we could one day own our own place and have a communal house where people who need to escape violent or abusive relationships could come and stay for a while before being able to rebuild their lives.


chasquipampa

According to an article in the national newspaper La Prensa, published November 25th 2011:  ‘Chasquipampa has become as dangerous a place as la Ceja in El Alto, owing to the crime statistics and the proliferation of gangs of young people who come together to meet up in the area’, stated Colonel Daniel Quintanilla, director of the Special Forces in the Fight Against Crime (FELCC) in the La Paz area.’ [1]  According to Página Siete (another local newspaper) in an article dated June 10th 2013, it is stated that:  ‘Chasquipampa is the place in the South Zone where the majority of sexual aggressions are registered, according to the statistics office of the Special Forces in the Fight Against Crime (FELCC) […] Between January and May, half of the cases reported took place in this area. This is due to the fact that there are a growing number of bars and canteens “where the gangs hang out” says the Chief of the Division for the Trafficking of Persons, part of the FELCC, Jeaneth Canqui. […] Of a total number of cases reported, 50% took place in this area. The anti-crime forces have warned of the increase in the use of alcohol.'  [1]  Free translation from Spanish

According to an article in the national newspaper La Prensa, published November 25th 2011:

‘Chasquipampa has become as dangerous a place as la Ceja in El Alto, owing to the crime statistics and the proliferation of gangs of young people who come together to meet up in the area’, stated Colonel Daniel Quintanilla, director of the Special Forces in the Fight Against Crime (FELCC) in the La Paz area.’ [1]

According to Página Siete (another local newspaper) in an article dated June 10th 2013, it is stated that:

‘Chasquipampa is the place in the South Zone where the majority of sexual aggressions are registered, according to the statistics office of the Special Forces in the Fight Against Crime (FELCC) […] Between January and May, half of the cases reported took place in this area. This is due to the fact that there are a growing number of bars and canteens “where the gangs hang out” says the Chief of the Division for the Trafficking of Persons, part of the FELCC, Jeaneth Canqui. […] Of a total number of cases reported, 50% took place in this area. The anti-crime forces have warned of the increase in the use of alcohol.'

[1]  Free translation from Spanish


The need

Families living in the areas of Chasquipampa and Ovejuyo are often low-income and at risk of being exposed to crime, the breakdown of family structure, violence and the over-consumption of alcohol and its effects. The school day is structured so that you are either in morning school or afternoon or night school, thus parents often rely on older children to take care of their younger siblings whilst they are at work. Many children however are free in the afternoons and we felt that a centre where they could spend time learning and being creative in a safe and warm environment would be useful to many families in this area.  One mother told us last year that she was so grateful for My Father’s House because she always used to worry about her daughter but as a single parent she had no choice but to work long hours and leave her at home unattended. But since My Father’s House has opened up, she has less cause to worry.  Another mother reached out this year asking for literacy lessons for herself. She was forced to leave school by her parents after having finished primary school and is now wanting to resume her learning so she can help her son with his homework.  Many women in this area are single parents and have to work long hours as domestic workers more often than not to support their children. We saw that only was there a need to offer support to children in the area of Chasquipampa but to their mothers as well.  

Families living in the areas of Chasquipampa and Ovejuyo are often low-income and at risk of being exposed to crime, the breakdown of family structure, violence and the over-consumption of alcohol and its effects. The school day is structured so that you are either in morning school or afternoon or night school, thus parents often rely on older children to take care of their younger siblings whilst they are at work. Many children however are free in the afternoons and we felt that a centre where they could spend time learning and being creative in a safe and warm environment would be useful to many families in this area.

One mother told us last year that she was so grateful for My Father’s House because she always used to worry about her daughter but as a single parent she had no choice but to work long hours and leave her at home unattended. But since My Father’s House has opened up, she has less cause to worry.

Another mother reached out this year asking for literacy lessons for herself. She was forced to leave school by her parents after having finished primary school and is now wanting to resume her learning so she can help her son with his homework.

Many women in this area are single parents and have to work long hours as domestic workers more often than not to support their children. We saw that only was there a need to offer support to children in the area of Chasquipampa but to their mothers as well.