You may not be able to travel and work overseas this year, but you can purchase these beautiful cards and make a difference in the lives of our Bolivian community partners.
Welcome to the CEOLI Page. Here, you can buy the beautiful cards painted by our Bolivian partners, learn about the history of the CEOLI Foundation, and find ways to support the project in Bolivia.
THE CEOLI CARD STORY
CEOLI, a center for disabled youth, was founded in 1986 as an oasis of caring, education, and help that serves nearly 150 children and young adults in the Cochabamba area. CEOLI strives to not only support the disabled but to work closely with families and the community to change the societal views of people with disabilities, to show all they are capable of rather than focusing on what they cannot do. As a non-profit organization, CEOLI relies on private donations and very minimal payments from the families of the mentally and physically challenged who are served.
Since 2003, longtime volunteers and supporters, Marvin and Martie Wachs have been seeking potential markets and buyers for CEOLI’s handmade cards in the US. The project was then transferred to Amizade in 2014 to continue to provide an opportunity to support young adults striving to work and earn their own way.
One of CEOLI’s occupational therapy programs has grown into an opportunity for several young disabled Bolivian artists to earn wages to help support themselves, their families and their communities. For several years, these artists have been hand-painting greeting cards of typical Bolivian scenes. A biography of an artist is included with every card to provide more information about the community and individuals you are supporting. These beautiful cards make a thoughtful gift and show your commitment to creating a more equitable world. Buy a pack of cards to distribute to friends, and always send two when you do, one from you, and one for your recipient to send or frame! Please help support the work of CEOLI, an Amizade partner organization.
DONATE TO CEOLI
Another way to support CEOLI is by directly donating to this project through the link below! Want to help fundraise for CEOLI? Selling cards is a great way to fundraise for your program while supporting one of Amizade’s community partners.