Giving Hope To Those Who Need It Most. The mission of Foundation Arco Iris (FAI) is to provide healthcare to the indigent population in La Paz, Bolivia, including an estimated 30,000 children living or working on the streets.
Built in 2001 by the Foundation Arco Iris, Hospital Arco Iris (HAI) is a 100-bed non-profit teaching hospital serving more than 150,000 patients a year, 60 percent which are children. The hospital aims to fight discrimination and social exclusion of poor and homeless children, teenagers and young adults that live and work in the streets of La Paz.
The Immediate Need
Because Bolivia is the second poorest country in South America, 90 percent of its patients are impoverished and half of these consultations and hospitalizations are provided at no cost or for a very low fee.
The hospital also takes healthcare to the children who live on the streets. Each week a mobile healthcare unit takes compassionate and qualified healthcare professionals and supplies directly to the children.
Our Partners in Bringing Hope to the Helpless
FAI is a comprehensive social program serving orphans and vulnerable children in La Paz. The organization was founded more than 20 years ago by a German priest who devoted his life to building orphanages, and incorporating compassionate social and vocational programs to serve the children struggling to survive on the city’s streets.
FAI programs include seven orphanages, multiple day-care centers, social services, vocational training and educational programs.
As part of its programs, FAI provide housing, food, clothing and shelter to 300 orphans each year. More than 900 children receive daily social services and another 1,500 are assisted with school support. An additional 4,000 children annually receive social, psychological or legal assistance.