Name of organization:
Inti Watana Youth Organization, Bolivia
Description of organization:
Inti Watana Youth Organization is an umbrella organization founded in June 1997, which has 20 active groups and organizations within its network. Inti Watana’s mission is to contribute to the development of youth people, by promoting educative and social interventions that could strengthen the cultural identity, and the local and national development process.
The overall goal of the “Youth Leaders builders of the harmonious coexistence in Latin America” project was to empower young people to become agents of social change. This was done by strengthening values, knowledge, skills and attitudes of 150 young participants from organizations in 6 Latin American countries, namely Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Uruguay, Argentina and Bolivia. Overall it was possible to reach 304 young people during a 14 months process, of which 49 representatives participated in a Latin American Meeting during 15 work days in Bolivia, which, improved their ability to take actions for social change.
One of the comments received from one of the participants, Cristian Paucara España (Leader – Bolivian Alliance with Children and Adolescents (ABNA), was: “One of the great effects and impacts ELASJ had on me was the deep work in the commitment and encouragement to work in the construction of a new society. Seeing fellows from other countries and the way how you both work together makes you smile. Being able to design new dreams with new and old friends cheer you up and give you, if it is the proper term: a pinch in order to keep you working. Also you learn new cultures and knowledge, while sharing the experience of your region and being a spokesperson for your community.”