Jump Start Program

Changing Lives for a Brighter Future

Help for those children that are at lower risk but need financial assistance to go to school.

This program opens the door for us to create relationships and learn more about the children and the risks they face. Children who stay in this program have parents that most likely work, but still live in dangerous communities and struggle with poverty.

Importance of Education

Helping children and families succeed

Often the parents of girls in this program understand the importance of education and want their child to attend and do well but simply can’t afford all the costs associated with education. These families live on less than $250 a month thus sending their child to school is a luxury expense.

Children in the Jump Start program are identified as medium risk for exploitation. An example of basic costs for a child to go to a public school:

  • Textbooks: $60
  • School Supplies: $100
  • School Uniform: $35
  • School PE Uniform: $25
  • School Shoes: $25
  • School Tennis Shoes: $25
  • Transportation: $90 yearly
  • School Activities: $90 yearly
  • School Tuition: $50 yearly

Total yearly cost for a child to go to first through sixth grade is approximately $500 yearly. That cost is even greater for girls in 7th grade through graduation.

Amparo only covers a portion of these expenses for children in the Jump Start program.  This is dependent on actual need and risk.

The scholarships provided to these children are typically at the start of the school year and a one-time expense.

These children live in the same communities we visit weekly. 

If their risk level increases a child in the Jump Start program will often switch to the Helping Hands program.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Common Questions

How does Amparo decide if a child is in high, medium or low risk?

According to studies done in Asia, Central America and five years of experience working in Bolivia, Amparo has seen that there are six risk factors that expose girls to be vulnerable to sexual abuse and human trafficking:

  • Dysfunctional families
  • Extreme poverty
  • Lack or no access to education and no satisfation of basic needs  
  • Verbal, physical o sexual abuse 
  • Addctions 
  • Other  measurable indicators
Are there any boys in Jump Start?

Amparo’s target is mainly girls, but since Bolivian culture is a collective culture, siblings do not separate and when one of them is at risk so is the other one. No boys are admitted to our programs but they are part of the tutoring classes, we teach them the gospel  and they attend electives as well.

How often do kids who are in Jump Start go to Helping Hands?

Not that often, mobility from Jump Start to Helping Hands is 20% per year. Since the girls who are in Jump Start attend the elective and tutoring classes we get to see them and learn if they have been exposed to more risk factors that jeopardize their security.

The cost per child for this program averages $35 monthly.

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Amparo: 501(c)(3) / Copyright 2021 / Oregon, USA

  • Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Mission

To end the sexual exploitation and trafficking of girls in Bolivia by providing protection, education, restoration and the love of Jesus.


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