LA PAZ – The Bolivian chapter of the organization SOS Children’s Villages placed stuffed animals at various spots on Friday as part of its “Me importan” (They Matter to Me) campaign to raise awareness about problems affecting children.
The toys – perched on sidewalks, fountains and benches – were accompanied by messages about issues such as child labor, domestic violence and the lack of education and health services.
“Little Raul cannot hug his father, because they won’t let him visit him,” “Anahi cannot play with me anymore because she has to work to support her family,” “Abigail cries every night because her parents drink alcohol,” were some of the messages.
Each message ends with the question “Do you care?” intended as a call to action.
More than 600 stuffed animals were placed at strategic spots throughout La Paz and neighboring El Alto.
The campaign is making its way through Bolivia’s major cities to motivate officials and the public to assist the nearly 1 million minors in the country whose rights are being violated, SOS Children’s Villages spokeswoman Gladys Villazon told the media.
The goal, she said, is to “give a voice to children” who are suffering.