Welcome to the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund's Web site.
Bolivia, the poorest nation in South America, has the highest proportion of indigenous people. These people were oppressed in Bolivia for centuries, and still have only a fraction of the economic means and political power of those of European extraction.
Bolivia's 30,000 indigenous Friends constitute the third largest Quaker population in the world. Isolated and impoverished, they are eager for fellowship with Friends in the UK and USA, as well as for support.
Bolivian Quaker Education
Schooling for indigenous Bolivians was systematically supressed until 1952, so even Quaker schools were clandestine at first.
Today the challenge has changed. Public schools have improved so rapidly that the Quaker schools founded by Bolivian Friends must scramble so that their unique values are not lost for lack of updated equipment, facilities, and services. Education is a high priority for Bolivian Quakers and many young Quakers who lack resources have both the desire and the qualification for higher education.
Bolivian Quaker Education Fund
These facts define the current challenge. The Bolivian Quaker Education Fund and its programs, both developed with Bolivian Quakers, respond to these AmerIndian aspirations.
We invite you to review the origins of our work in Bolivia, to learn about BQEF and its mission, to look at what BQEF programs are doing in Bolivia, and to help ensure the future of the services and programs we provide in the Bolivian Friends community.