“To end the sexual exploitation and trafficking of girls in Bolivia by providing protection, education, restoration and the love of Jesus”
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
amparo: (def. shelter or refuge)
Amparo is an organization solely focused on preventing girls from entering the sex trade. Through intense research and study, we have identified four risk factors for girls entering the trade in Bolivia. Abuse, Family Dynamic, Extreme Poverty, and Lack of Education. Bolivia is the poorest country in South America. 1 of every 3 girls are sexually abused before they turn 18. Not accounting for the 95% of cases that go unreported out of fear. Bolivia is a predominately male dominated culture and values tight family bonds. Most of the sexual abuse that occurs in Bolivia happens in the home and by a family member or close friend. The chances for a girl to get out of her abusive situation is extremely low due to these cultural truths. A high percentage of Bolivians make less than $289/month, forcing them to live in dirt floored homes with no windows or doors, and without running water or bathrooms. Children live in very dangerous areas and travel to school on foot or by public transportation. All these factors lead to a higher chance of abuse and exploitation.
Our number one goal is to be a resource for these families and girls. Bolivian culture values relationship more than anything and it gives us great joy to be able to get to know these families and children who live in the realities mentioned. By building relationships and trust, we can then begin knowing about their needs, fears and desires. We can also evaluate their risk level for entering the sex trade or being exploited in some way. The different levels of risk have encouraged us to create three different programs for supporting girls from being sex trafficked and exploited.
Our girls are cared for by qualified staff who love Jesus and have a heart to serve. They learn through these self-less women and men what it looks like to be loved in the way that Jesus intended them to feel loved. Over time, as the burden of “life” has been lifted and obstacles are taken away, they slowly find their identity in Christ.
Amparo is a registered 501(c)(3). Amparo is a dba in the state of Oregon, USA. Our registered name with the IRS is Acts 2024 Inc. We are registered to use the name Amparo as that is our name in Bolivia. All donations to Amparo are tax-deductible.
statement of faith
We believe in the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and are committed to living out his teachings in the world. As an organization, we feel most closely aligned to the beliefs outlined in The Lausanne Covenant.