The capital of Bolivia and of the Chuquisaca Department, Sucre is home to 361,000 inhabitants. It’s located in the south-centre of country and lies at 2,810 metres above sea level, giving it a subtropical highland climate. The country’s educational and government centre, Sucre is known for its historical city centre and architectural heritage.
But the living conditions of those based in the surrounding countryside are difficult, which leads to a flow of families moving to the city.
Since 1996, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Sucre.
In Chuquisaca, where Sucre is located, 73 per cent of the local population is indigenous. Whether they have stayed to live in their rural communities or moved to the cities, indigenous people have historically been among the most excluded demographic group throughout Latin America.
There has been a strong trend towards the reaffirmation of indigenous identity and culture, but they remain marginalized in economic terms and continue to live in extreme poverty, often lacking access to basic social services.
In Bolivia, many people in rural areas live in extreme poverty and has limited access to basic services such as health and education.
This has resulted in high levels of illiteracy and poor health standards. For example, while the average birth rate across Bolivia is 3 births per woman, it can be as high as 6 births per woman in the rural areas.
This illustrates how inequalities between rural and urban areas persist, and how access to education and professional reproductive health care services are vital for the women and children’s well-being and development.