An Opportunity: For Hope, Joy, Fulfillment

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If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope." ~Barack Obama

Shortfall Plea


The Bolivian government has mandated 17% salary increases across the board and other costs have risen as well. Can you chip in extra and early this fall to help us cover the shortfall by making a generous gift today?

Friends Journal features Magaly's AVP work

Magaly Relaxing

Magaly Quispe, one of our many BQEF graduates, has been doing outstanding Alternative to Violence projects for years in Bolivian prisons and schools.  She has gotten a great deal of support from prison authorities and school administrators in this work.  With Barbara Flynn's help she's published an article in Friends Journal in the August issue,

The article describes her work for over ten years now.  She now gets some support from Quaker Bolivia Link (UK) for prison garden projects, and from Waljok (the foundation headed up by Barbara Flynn) for AVP workshops and a student residence based on AVP principles.  Her AVP experience is also described on this website in the AVP section.  She is an outstanding example of the good work done by Quakers in Bolivia, and shows the importance of supporting young Friends aspirations.  Our dollars go a long way in the Bolivian economy, so please contribute what you can.

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Raquel's Leading for Healing: "The work is very beautiful"

Raquel And Classmates With Neonatology Practice Dolls

Raquel Quisbert Cama is in her third year of studying Medical Technology at the University of San Andrea, with a concentration in Physiotherapy and Kinesiology.

Nelly's Language Learning

Nelly And A Masked Classmate

Nelly Poma Challco recently completed her fifth semester studying Linguistics and Languages at UPEA, the public university in El Alto.

Thanks to Your Support, Cinthia is a Vet Now!

Cinthia In Her Surgical Uniform

Cinthia Miriam Calle Chiquipa graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics from the Public University of El Alto last December.

Inspired To Keep Trying

Eddie and his Mom with their dog Spot


Eddy Nelson Nogales Paco studies Aeronautics at the Public University of San Andrés. "My family supports me through ups and downs," Eddy writes. "Whenever I have to stay up late studying, my mom and sisters encourage me. I help with cleaning, washing, and cooking at home." Eddy's best friend through the cold Andean nights is his puppy, Spot.

"I studied hard the week before midterm exams but when I saw my grades I wanted to cry." Mom consoled me, saying: 'Don't give up now. Trust in God and you will see that everything will be fine.'

I gave my best and I will do better next time, for all the people who believe in me and for myself."

His virtual classes require purchasing data cards in addition to paying for research and other costs. Saturday and late evening classes make his schedule exacting.

These scholarships have helped Bolivian

Friends make a dramatic difference.

Strategic Giving



You can direct up to $100,000 per year tax-free from your IRA account to BQEF if you are over 70½ years old. This strategy can eliminate or reduce taxes on Required Minimum Distributions from your IRA.
Contact your IRA custodian and request a direct transfer to:
Bolivian Quaker Education Fund
65 Spring St.         Fredonia, NY 14063          Tax ID 11-3650879

From Durango For Dahlia: Support Helps A Teacher Prepare

Dahlia's Classroom

Dahlia Vilca Flores studies at the Warisata Teachers College, where she is also class president. Even though she was sick with laryngitis for two weeks, she was successful in her academic activities. “My voice dried up and I couldn't participate.”
Dahlia was student teaching when the pandemic worsened and her class of second-graders had to move to online learning with the rest of the school. Dahlia and the other teachers developed special distance learning materials for the students and recorded the virtual classes for the students to review later.

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