ACT Appeal Bolivia: Rehabilitation for snowstorm affected - LABO21

Originally published


Appeal Target: US$ 109,893
Balance Requested from ACT Network: US$ 61,113

Geneva, 8 October 2002

Dear Colleagues,

In July this year, extremely cold weather and intense snowstorms affected the Andean highlands of Bolivia. The most affected area was the department of Potosi, where temperatures fell to minus 13 degrees. Seven persons died and more than 20% of the livestock was lost.

The main livestock of this region are llamas on which the population depend for their survival as the dryness and impoverishment of the soil does not allow many other productive activities. The livestock that survived are now facing starvation as much of the feeding pasture was also destroyed in the severe and unusual weather conditions.

ACT member in Bolivia, The German Speaking Lutheran Church is proposing to support the affected population in the post-crisis phase providing them with:

  • Fodder to feed the llamas
  • Medicines and veterinary supplies
  • Technical assistance for the caring of livestock
The implementing member of the activities will be the SARTAWI Foundation which is the branch of the Church dealing with social and development work and which has been working in the affected region for many years.

Project Completion Date: 31 March 2003

Summary of Appeal Targets, Pledges/Contributions Received and Balance Requested (US$)

Total Appeal Target(s)
Less: Pledges/Contr. Recd.
Balance Requested from ACT Network

Please kindly send your contributions to the following ACT bank account:

Account Number - 240-432629.60A (USD)
Account Name: ACT - Action by Churches Together
PO Box 2600
1211 Geneva 2

Please also inform the Finance Officer Jessie Kgoroeadira (direct tel. +4122/791.60.38, e-mail address of all pledges/contributions and transfers, including funds sent direct to the implementers, now that the Pledge Form is no longer attached to the Appeal.

We would appreciate being informed of any intent to submit applications for EU, USAID and/or other back donor funding and the subsequent results. We thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.

For further information please contact:

ACT Director, Thor-Arne Prois (phone +41 22 791 6033 or mobile phone + 41 79 203 6055) or
ACT Appeals Officer, Elsa Moreno, (phone +41 22 791 6420 or mobile phone +41 79 608 8133)

ACT Web Site address:

Ms. Geneviève Jacques
WCC/Cluster on Relations
John Nduna
ActiACTng Director
Robert Granke
LWF/World Service


The German Speaking Lutheran Church in Bolivia (IELHA).

The German College in Bolivia, La Paz was created in 1923 and formally this congregation started its work in 1958. Since 1960 the German speaking Lutheran church is a recognised congregation of the Lutheran World Federation and has a partnership contract with the protestant church of Germany since 1958. Since that time, German reverends sent by the Church of Germany has been working in Bolivia. The IELHA has 150 member families in La paz, Cochabamba and Santacruz.

The IELHA has partnerships with EKD, LWB, EED and ICCO. They also maintain very good relations with the Lutheran Church of Bolivia, the Methodist Church and the Catholic Church. They are also members of CLAI.


The SARTAWI Foundation

The SARTAWI Foundation was created by the Lutheran speaking Church in Bolivia in 1985 as the social branch of the Church. Its main objective is to support and create income generation activities for the poor people of the rural area. It focuses particularly on the Andean Highlands where life conditions are very harsh because of the severe weather and the impoverishment of the soil. The SARWARTI foundation is working in development programs for soil conservation, livestock care (particularly llamas) as well as income generating activities and credit.



During the last days of June and beginning of July 2002 the region of Lipez (southern highlands of Bolivia, Departamento Potosí) suffered an unprecedented heavy snow storm. The temperatures fell to minus 13 degrees and seven persons were reported to have died because of the cold and more than 20% of the livestock was lost. As the livestock of mainly llamas constitutes the main source of livelihood for the habitants in this region, this emergency put their livelihood and survival at risk.

As the SARTAWI Foundation has been working in this region for many years, they, together with AZCCA Quetena - the local association of llama raisers - made an assessment of the damages in the area where they work visiting all the farms that were affected.

ACT is a worldwide network of churches and related agencies meeting human need through coordinated emergency response.

The ACT Coordinating Office is based with the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Switzerland.

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