Dorila Apace Temo is 23 years old, and is part of the indigenous people Mojeño Trinitario, located in the lowlands of Bolivia in San Ignacio de Mojos of Beni. Dorila comments that Save the Children has been working for a long time now to support indigenous children of the lowlands.
In her experience as a child, Dorila tells us that on one occasion Save the Children invited her community to participate in a national gathering of indigenous children and youth in Cochabamba. Dorila and her friends expanded their perspective their reality and sense of belonging. Knowing they were not alone, they felt connected to the many indigenous children and youth across the country. This sense of belonging and connection to other indigenous youth motivated her to become more involved in her community, expanding her knowledge of the rights of indigenous people. Now she continues to work towards the vision of a better future for her culture and people.
Currently, Dorila works with a local indigenous organization and participates in the activities of the Youth Ministry, the Ombudsmen for Children and Adolescents, and other institutions that support children’s rights. In the indigenous organization itself there are approximately 400 children involved.
Dorila says of the Children Lead the Way program, “I like the songs, the educational dynamics, and the recreational games because they permit working on child rights, and promoting cultural values and family protection”. When children’s rights activities are presented as recreational games, these child-friendly, participatory methodologies actively involve youth, and make them feel confident to speak up and express their opinions.
Dorila has known her basics rights well since childhood and has a strong a strong sense of what’s missing and what needs to be done for her hers and other indigenous children’s futures. Dorila asks Save the Children to continue working for the rights of indigenous children and youth in order to strengthen their indigenous grassroots organizations and to have their rights realized.