Kallpa Project

“They feel empowered by their own Art.” – Krupa Jhaveri –

With project Kallpa we put our effort into creating a brighter future for women in Bolivia, who became victim of sexual-, physical and psychological violence. We do this by first and foremost strengthening their psychological health and eventually their overall health. The word ‘Kallpa’ means ‘strength’ in Quechua, the most spoken indigenous language in Bolivia. Strength is the key word of what we aim to bring these women in order to help them create a brighter future themselves.

 

Learn more about women domestic violence in Bolivia in our infographic.

The Concern

 

Compared to developed countries, Bolivia still lies behind in many ways including health care, education, and breaking cultural traditions. Among many societal issues an important one remains the position of women in society. Something that is still common in Bolivia is the psychological, physical, and sexual mistreatment of women of all ages, especially women of low social classes. Many women are denied their rights, do not have any identity papers, are sexually abused within the family, and cannot live independantly working in the streets to earn a few pesos for her family. It requires a lot of bravery for one to decide to distance herself from the family and seek for help.

Our Actions

 

With this project we decided to widen our activity field to young women in difficulties.Through the action of Pintar en Bolivia we want to help these women overcome their issues and help them to express hidden emotions and feelings, encouraging them to strengthen their self-confidence and self-esteem. Despite coming here to seek for help, many of these women go back to their difficult abused life, because it is merely simpler than standing up for their rights and strive everyday to be independant. At Pintar en Bolivia we think it’s important, through the action of Arts therapy, to contribute to the empowerment, self-development and well-being of women in difficulties, hopefully leading them towards the right path for social reintegration.

Art therapy sessions

Through the art therapy sessions we aim to create a safe space where there is no right or wrong way of making art. We aim to encourage the women to express themselves in order to help them gain more confidence and strengthen their self-esteem.

Empowerment workshops

We empower women to become independent enough to create a brighter future for themselves. We do so by making them aware of their rights, desires, equality, sexuality, and most importantly by opening up their minds to the life opportunities at reach by inspiring them with workshops and host speakers.

Art exhibitions

The Kallpa exhibition will be organized once a year. The exhibition is dedicated to the theme: ‘I am a woman, and my story also counts’. The aim of these exhibitions is to make the women reflect on their work as well as opening up their stories to the public.

Siente project

Siente (which means ‘feel’ in spanish) invites women in disadvantaged personal and economic situations to guide typical Bolivian cooking workshops for tourists, as to help women feel empowered by sharing their talent with those from another culture. Follow us on Instagram.

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