Centro Ecológico Juvenil (CEJ)
Im Hausstück 12
Contact person: Annelie Dehmel
- Aid organization
- Environmental project
- Social policy/disabled persons
- Volunteers are welcome.
Centro Ecológico Juvenil (CEJ) is a non-profit making organisation based in Sucre, the capital of Bolivia. The society has existed since 1990 and it maintains two youth hostels (centres of ecological education for young people) in Cajamarca and Tarabuco, and advises a hospice in Sucre for rural children suffering from cancer.
The focus of our work is the promotion of social and ecological projects and the development of measures which provide an income for people in the mainly rural areas nearby. Furthermore, the society supports minor projects for the disabled, and advises a women’s knitting and weaving collective in Sucre and Tarabuco. Small, simple workshops and school gardens have been set up in village communities around Sucre and Tarabuco.
CEJ takes part in various socio-cultural projects in and around Sucre.
• Social work with further education in Cajamarca-Centre.
• Coordination of the local administrative authorities for the disabled in Chuquisaca (CODEPEDIS).
• Advising „AWAJ WARMI“ in Sucre.
• Cooperation with the forestry departments in Chuquisaca, to control felling and support reafforestation.
• Care and supervision of sick children in two hospitals in the region.
• Helping in the supervision of German volunteers in Bolivia and assisting Bolivian volunteers in Germany.
The Youth Centre (Centro Ecológico Juvenil, CEJ) in the high valley of Cajamarca was founded with the aim of providing accommodation for individuals, groups, families, schools and universities wanting to plant trees. The forest planted there in 1990 should ensure an increased water supply needed by the inhabitants of the Bolivian capital, Sucre. This new woodland has improved the climate in the high valley. Up to 7000 trees are planted annually. The flora and fauna are proliferating. The society introduced the bay boletus from Canada. This is a type of fungus that forms a symbiosis with the pine trees and benefits both. This edible mushroom is of great financial benefit and a dietary success in the region. The farmers’ crops have been improved.
Annelie Dehmel is responsible for the coordination of the society in Germany.
On request we can offer other net participants the following: advice, a presentation, up-to-date information and contacts in the field of our work in Bolivia.