Despite vast reserves of natural resources (natural gas and minerals), Bolivia remains the poorest country in South America. Almost half the total population is comprised of children and adolescents, while many people, particularly those in the highlands, are often marginalized with little access to public services. The majority of Bolivians scrape by on a low-income, working as subsistence farmers, mining, small trades or the arts.
Canadian Baptists have had a presence and relationship with Bolivia for more than a century, playing a pivotal role in major issues such as constitutional amendments for religious freedom, pioneering access to education for indigenous groups, and land reform. CBM partners with the Bolivian Baptist Union (UBB), to promote the transformation of individuals, communities and a multicultural society with Christ-centred values in spite of the challenging context of poverty, corruption and inequality. Together we support leadership training, evangelism and church planting and community development programs.