Frequently Asked Questions
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We donâ€™t have enough sponsors. Before having found a sponsor, we have already removed about 10 children from the mine. Just last week, Eva, our social worker, with the help of Nico, a former child worker, got 12 children out of the mine. Voix Libres assumes the sponsorship until a sponsor if found.
Voix Libres is committed to the most underprivileged populations in Bolivia. We have a whole group of young people who, under the direction of our social worker, take on the mission of awareness raising. These are young people who have themselves experienced the hellish life in the mines. Today they are recipients of Voix Libres sponsorships and are have committed to get other children out of the mines. A poor person cannot be totally freed from destitution until he/she has helped another one to also leave that life of misery.
The children are between four and 14 years old.
There are also girls, but they usually work outside of the mine with their mothers, sorting out minerals and collecting anything that can be of use among the refuse. We are careful to help as many girls as boys, as in Potosi over seven out of ten women suffer physically abuse and rape is rampant. It is therefore crucial to get as many girls as possible out of the violent environment of the mines.
These chldren cannot always go to school immediately. When they leave the mine they are in a serious post-traumtic state. They are not able to speak and do not lift their eyes from the ground. They need therapy (music, singing, drawing, group discussion, watsu,...). Only then can they benefit from the literacy workshops after which they are able to follow the normal school programme.
Our sponsorships are not personalized, for the simple reason that we wish to avoid creating jealousy and injustice among the children. We guarantee, however, that 100% of your donation is spent in the field. Furthermore, we send you the newsletters with news about the projects. You will therefore regularly receive photographs of the child beneficiaries in Bolivia.
For the same reasons as already mentioned we do not organise any trips to visit the children. The coordinators and leaders already have much work and there are always emergencies. Every hour that passes a child is in danger of dying crushed in the mine. It is therefore difficult to send people there as it would mean taking precious time away from the children.
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Our accounts, which are available upon request to all our members, clearly indicate the separation between operating and humanitarian projects costs.
In Europe, the accounting is done by professional accountants working free of charge. The accounts are then checked by an official auditor. His conclusions are presented every year at the Ordinary General Assembly and are sent to members upon request.
In Bolivia each department has professional accountants. The accounts are regularly monitored. Furthermore, the financial statements have been standardized and the same computer programme is used in Europe and Bolivia, which facilitates monitoring.
Our newsletters regularly update our members and donors about the projects and send out urgent appeals (3 times a year on average). Furthermore, our annual statements present the actions carried out in Bolivia disaggregated by department and programme (education, micro-credit, infrastructureâ€¦) along with the number of beneficiaries and the corresponding budget.
Five employees paid at minimum wage supported by several volunteers in the professions. The vocation, enthusiasm and dedication of these teams are the strength of Voix Libresâ€¦ Every one serves as a multiplier offering his/her professional skills, time and networks.
Over 200 employees of FundaciÃ³n Voces Libres, all Bolivian nationals, supported by several hundred volunteers among the beneficiaries. Often these coordinators have lived in the street, worked in the mine or garbage dump, and are now project leaders. They are living proof that suffering, when it is expressed and heard, can be transformed into a positive strategy and expand the solidarity network. Their commitment will ensure sustainable development rooted in their culture and values. Thanks to their practical knowledge of the field, the budgets are always calculated accurately and the projects reflect the real needs of the target communities.
About 90 % comes from private donations, thanks to the generosity of some 4000 families in Europe. Each contribution, no matter how small, contributes to strengthen these populations towards self-sufficiency. On their behalf we thank them 1000 times !
Voix Libres Switzerland is the headquarters that ensures the bulk of the project monitoring and formulation of texts used for communication.
Voix Libres is a transparent association: reports, financial statements and audits are at your disposal for you to see for yourself.
The surest guarantee remains the relationship of trust and proximity: the strength of Voix Libres is the vocation and honesty of the people who give Voix Libres the best of themselves to save thousands of lives and enable the most underprivileged to determine their own lives.
Come meet us at one of the General Assemblies during an Open House evening. We will be glad to meet you, answer your questions and show you the radiant faces of the children who are learning to draw a different future!
Thank you for believing in the value of the human being and the best that he or she can give! Your concrete help is very valuable to them!