Friends of Bolivia’s 30th Anniversary Peña

Friends of Bolivia turned 30!

Friends of Bolivia celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a peña on 28th September 2013 at

Sacred Heart Church Hall,
Edge Hill,
Wimbledon,
London SW19 4LU

An evening celebration of Bolivian Folklore

In 1983 the Bolivian Altiplano was hit by a severe drought, causing a food shortage which affected more than half the population. On hearing news of the devastation, a group of Bolivians living in London and their friends decided to get together to raise funds to help the victims of the disaster.  Their event proved so successful that what was intended as a one off fundraiser soon became a thriving venture and in January 1984 Friends of Bolivia was officially registered as a charity. Today, 30 years later, Friends of Bolivia is still run entirely by volunteers.  With virtually no administration costs, we continue to raise funds for a small group of projects which help vulnerable children, women and elderly people in Bolivia.

On Saturday 28 September Friends of Bolivia celebrated its 30th birthday with a Peña Folklórica.

Tickets for the peña included a welcome glass of bubbly, a delicious three course meal and a live stage show of folkloric music and dances from around the country.  A raffle was also be held on the evening, the top prize of which is was vase by renowned Bolivian ceramic artist Mario Sarabia, worth around £500.

Since 1983 Friends of Bolivia has helped to improve the lives of thousands of people in Bolivia.  We thank all the people who attended on 28 September to celebrate our achievements so far and helped us to raise the funds to be able to continue changing lives in Bolivia.