Natural resources include gold, silver, tin, zinc, iron, petroleum, natural gas, timber and hydropower.
Most of Bolivia’s residents are indigenous Quechua or Aymara, or mestizo, of mixed Spanish and Amerindien descent. Caucasian Bolivians, who make up 15 percent of the population, are of Spanish descent. The 2009 constitution designated Quechua, Aymara, and Guarani as official languages alongside Spanish, and also recognised 36 indigenous languages.
Access to safe water
Average annual income
Although fewer than 10% of Bolivians are unemployed, about 51% live below the poverty line.
Income distribution is extremely uneven; in 2010, the country had the seventh highest income inequality in the world, with much of the divide falling along racial lines.
Many, especially indigenous groups, have limited access to healthcare and families do not have adequate sanitation.
Child malnutrition rates remain high throughout the country. The World Food Programme estimates that over a quarter of Bolivian children under five suffer from stunting due to malnutrition.
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Improving food production and reducing the rates of child malnutrition.
Responding to natural disasters and emergencies with relief supplies, as well as helping communities increase their disaster preparedness.
Enriching school experience by distributing school supplies to children.
Sponsoring children and establishing orphanages and childcare centres in the 1970s.
Providing books, tables and chairs to schoolchildren in the 1990s.
Training community healthcare providers and teaching children the importance of dental and general hygiene care during the 1990s.
Training local service providers, so they can offer educational programmes, family healthcare, agricultural training and human rights advocacy since 2000.
Helping farmers grow a wide range of vegetables year-round and teaching them how to prepare balanced meals to improve their children's health since the beginning of the millennium.