Project information

CIWY's Youth Development Fund

CIWY's Youth Development Fund provides disadvantaged youngsters with financial support for higher education; enabling them to attend university and realize their full potential in life.

It is specifically for the young Bolivians who were taken in by and have lived and worked at CIWY's refuges.

5 years

Charity information: Friends of Inti Wara Yassi

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  • Need


    CIWY’s roots lie in helping disadvantaged youth. Although it is no longer their principal mission, CIWY continues to support, look after and provide for a number of young Bolivians from disadvantaged backgrounds - giving them a sense of purpose through involvement with wildlife care.

    Many of them, inspired by CIWY's work, now want to go to university to study biology or veterinary medicine. However they cannot afford the fees and living expenses of higher education without some assistance.


    The Youth Development Fund was created in 2009 to continue to support these young people, for whom CIWY has become their family & home, through higher education.

    The fund provides financial support to CIWY's youth - helping cover their tuition fees, books & living expenses - and is managed by CIWY's Board of Directors.

    Through this fund we aim to help CIWY's youth realize their full potential and to invest in CIWY's future. We hope that they will become CIWY's future Vets & Park Directors.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Ensure CIWY's youth are able to attend university and realize their full potential.


    » Raise sufficient funds to support those young people wanting to attend university.
    » CIWY's Board of Directors will manage the distribution of funds to individuals as and when required.
    » Provide funds to help cover the cost of tuition fees, books, educational materials and living expenses.

    What success will look like

    Success will be having financially supported one or more of CIWY's youth through university and seeing them graduate.

  • Impact


    The fund will enable CIWY's youth to attend higher education and give them a solid grounding for their chosen career path.

    A university education will offer them a better future with brighter prospects; a future in which they will be able to provide for themselves, their future families and for the future of CIWY.

    It is hoped that those who study related subjects will return to CIWY after graduation and re-invest their new knowledge and skills in the organisation.


    There is a risk that these young people many not pass the university entrance exams or be awarded a place on their chosen course. There is also a risk that they may drop out prior to graduation.

    CIWY's Board of Directors assesses the academic achievements of each beneficiary and ensures that they are committed to their chosen course before awarding them any funds.


    Funders of this project will receive a one-off report informing them of who the current beneficiaries of the fund are and details of their academic progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,047

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,010 Accommodation Funds 2 people through a 5 year course
      £8,710 Food Funds 2 people through a 5 year course
      £2,660 Registration fees & materials Funds 2 people through a 5 year course
      £2,345 Transport costs Funds 2 people through a 5 year course
      £2,982 Books & photocopying Funds 2 people through a 5 year course
      £1,340 Laptop & internet Funds 2 people through a 5 year course

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Funds for Oso's 1st year (through individual donation and his contribution) £1,885 Guaranteed
    Funds the 2 beneficiaries will contribute themselves £6,054 Conditional
  • Background


    Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America, ranked 108 on the Human Development Index. The young people to benefit from this fund have grown up and worked in two of CIWY's wildlife refuges - Parque Machia and Parque Ambue Ari.

    Both refuges are located within the Amazon region of Bolivia. Machia is located in the department of Cochabamba and Ambue Ari in the department of Santa Cruz.


    The beneficiaries of this project will be the young Bolivians who have grown up and worked in CIWY's refuges. CIWY's Board of Directors will manage the allocation of funds to individuals.

    Two of the young Bolivians to benefit from this fund are Oso and Rusber. At a young age Rusber lost his mother and was abandoned by his father. He was taken in by Parque Machia. His dream is now to become a veterinarian. He hopes to start university this coming February.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For more than 20 years CIWY has given disadvantaged youth a sense of purpose through involvement with wildlife care.

    CIWY in fact began as an initiative to help teach trade skills to less privileged children in El Alto, La Paz, giving them the means to support themselves. And it was these children who helped shape CIWY into what it is today.

    For those who have grown up at CIWY's refuges, CIWY has become their family. We want to continue to support them and help them realize their goals.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tania 'Nena' Baltazar

    Nena is CIWY's President & co-founder. She has made the organization and its mission her life's work. She initiated the work with disadvantaged youth.

Oso is currently studying to become a Vet

Oso is currently studying to become a Vet


could support Rusber's study expenses for a month

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela