FMS has been sending missioners to Bolivia for more than 20 years. We have a number of ministry options available in a city of over 1 million people: Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Cochabamba

Through a partnership with local Franciscans in Cochabamba, FMS missioners engage in a wide variety of ministries and live at the Franciscan Social Center in the downtown area of Cochabamba. Here are a few examples of ministries, in which current and past missioners have engaged:

Centro Una Brisa de Esperanza(CUBE)/A Breeze of Hope is the first and only center in Bolivia to specialize in the provision of free psychological, legal, medical, and social services for child and adolescent victims of sexual violence.
Franciscans International is a nongovernmental organization that provides a Franciscan voice at the United Nations to address human rights injustices that impact the marginalized and the most vulnerable.
Franciscan Social Center is run by Franciscan religious sisters and friars and provides many free services to those in need in  Cochabamba.
Fundación San Lucas is a nonprofit health foundation that provides a variety of services to the most marginalized populations of Cochabamba and the surrounding rural communities.
Manos Con Libertad/FreeHands a Christian co-operative of prisoners from San Sebastián Women’s prison and those who are on probation outside.
Nuestra Casa is a home for girls ages 7-18 who have experienced some kind of sexual violence.
Mosoj Yan is an organization that works with children and teenagers who live or work on the streets.
San Sebastian Women’s Prison is Cochabamba’s main women’s prison in the city. There are currently over 200 women living there, and the women are there for a variety of reasons, anything from debt to murder.