Soy Capaz - support for disabled children



In Cochabamba there are newly created neighborhoods-communities that form urban misery belts with Quechua indigenous populations from all over the country who have migrated to the city in search of a better future. They lack drinking water, there is no sewerage and the use of communal latrines is the most frequent. Located in peripheral hills where there is no vegetation, on unstable lands they build precarious houses exposed in times of rain to massive landslides. Its community and organizational structure is emerging and has many deficiencies from a “save yourself who can” position. Children remain alone most of their time, forming criminal gang groups, with an early and irresponsible exercise of sexuality that increases the number of abortions and abandoned babies.

The disabled population living in this context of poverty is therefore extremely vulnerable. SOY CAPAZ, is the continuity of the project called “Prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and early rehabilitation of child disability through networking for the protection and inclusion of children with disabilities” that has been carried out by the San Lucas Foundation since 2013 to date (4 years duration) in areas of extreme poverty in the department of Cochabamba.


Cochabamba Department

Local Partner

San Lucas-FSL Foundation


General Objective: Contribute to improve the quality of life of minors with disabilities in the peri-urban area of Cochabamba

Specific Objective: Increase the comprehensive inclusion (educational, health, labor and social) of children with disabilities (Dcp) in the periurban area of Cochabamba (Municipalities of Arbieto and Cercado) with empowerment of their mothers and the effective participation of families, communities and local health and educational institutions.

Leading population

(586 women and 464 men).

Project duration



TAU, Ay. Bergara (6.670€)


  • Technically empower and train mothers of children with disabilities, applying a gender approach based on experience in the first phase.
  • Promotion and Assistance to the Family Nucleus to achieve the school inclusion of children and their participation in comprehensive rehabilitation programs.
  • Promotion and creation of Inclusive Schools that welcome them with the warmth and quality they deserve, strengthening their qualities and capacities in an environment free of violence.
  • Facilitate equitable access to education, health and labor systems, where effective public policies and programs aimed at the population with disabilities become a reality.
  • Motivate the empowerment of support and rehabilitation services, vocational guidance and job qualifications in the community, having qualified human resources and sufficient budgets that allow them to decide autonomously on where to live and be included in the community.
  • Implement measures to protect and fulfill your Human Rights.
  • Provide the means and instruments that allow children and adolescents with disabilities who remain in a situation of total abandonment to grow together with their families, dignifying their capacity for resilience, exchanging their knowledge and human values.