After its founding in 1998, Hospitals of Hope began work in and around Cochabamba, Bolivia. In those early years, our efforts were directed at providing medical care in a small clinic in Vinto, Bolivia, but, as our ministry grew, we decided that it was time to expand.
After much prayer and hard work, Hospitals of Hope broke ground for its new hospital in Vinto, Bolivia in January 2003. The Bolivian hospital is currently the primary site where we send volunteers, both medical and non-medical. Hospitals of Hope has sent over 2000 volunteers on short-term missions to Bolivia, who assist the staff in caring for patients, as well as doing construction and community outreach.
Currently, the Bolivian government has a social health and welfare system. Health care is purportedly free but more often than not physicians are not available, and, if service is provided, no supplies or medications are available for treatment.
Although Bolivia is a democratic country, the political situation has been very unstable for the past twenty years, and it is the most corrupt country in the Western Hemisphere. Please keep the hospital in Bolivia in your prayers, as the ever-changing political situation in Bolivia threatens to disrupt our work.