Bolivia has been making international news over the past few months for the drought it has been experiencing—the worst in 25 years.

The water shortage is affecting 5 of the 9 provinces representing an estimated 125,000 families, 716,605 acres of agricultural land and 360,000 head of cattle. As the weather shifts into rainy season, we are starting to experience a bit of relief, but the impact of the drought is far from over. Cities like La Paz, which have traditionally had good water access, are struggling from both an absence of rain and because the glaciers that have slowly fed their water reserves have melted at a dramatic rate. Short term, rain needs to fall slow and steady so that it soaks in and replenishes the dried out systems. In the long term however, a critical challenge will be planning and implementing strategies for managing water under uncertain climate conditions.

About Tim & Kallie Hutton

Tim and Kallie are working with the staff of CBM’s partners, the Bolivian Baptist Union (UBB) and its development arm, OBADES, to build and support effective programs and ministries. They are working to get churches involved with strategic community development projects as well as expanding the capacity of the seminary to train effective leaders.