Our Work



Work Strategy

Tukuy Pacha, is strengthening its lines of action oriented to community-based rehabilitation (RBC). A social inclusion strategy that was born in the 1980s and continues to serve as the basis for work disability, focusing mainly in the components of health and empowerment. 



With our main ally, the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation, actions are carried out in three main areas:


Management strengthens the theme of disability through UMADIS and organizations of people with disabilities:

– Developing workshops in the municipalities to provide technical support to UMADIS. Reinforcing the effective managment of public administration and advocating for organizations of people with disabilities (OPCD).

– Conducts evaluations of the UMADIS staff in each municipality to determine their effectiveness and establishes the basis for a general protocol dedicated to serious cases.

– Maintains close relationships with organizations of people with disabilities(FECOPDIS and associations). To support them, providing assistance with their statutes and budgets, strengthening them institutionally. 

– Sensitizes the population through different means of communication. Providing educational material about human rights and the importance of the inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in our society.


Supports the rehabilitation and independence of people with disabilities. In some cases, depending on the situation of the individuals, Tukuy Pacha takes direct action to ensure their rehabilitation:

Home visits are an effective way to guaranty the rehabilitation of a patient. In 2016 11 patients across five different municipalities benefited from the visits of our physiotherapist.

Workshops with an emphasis on early detection and prevention of disability have been provided to health personnel and teachers of primary and secondary schools.


Production of didactic material on disability addressed to the general public. This material is disseminated through different means: brochures and posters through UMADIS, municipalities and messages on the network.

 – Publication of activities in the network Tukuy Pacha through our website and institutional facebook.

– Publication of local, departmental, national and international news related to the subject of disability, with the  intention of expanding the information generated by the disability among the general public.


Current Projects

1. Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation:

With the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation we are working in five municipalities of the department of Cochabamba, Capinota, Tiquipaya, Colcapirhua, San Benito and Punata. Based on the CBR strategy we are working on the strengthening and empowerment of social organizations so they can exercise their rights. On the other hand, since health is the first need to cover for people with disabilities, we are training family members and guardians of people with disabilities in basic prevention and physiotherapy techniques to improve the conditions of people with disabilities in their own homes.

Project Title: Reinforcement of the Political and health system for the exercise of the rights of people with disabilities in five municipalities in the department of Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Objective:To strengthen the generation of public policies aimed to protect  the rights of people with disabilities in the department of Cochabamba. 

Work axis – Strengthening:  This axis seeks the following results:
Empower organizations of people with disabilities to carry out direct advocacy actions in their communities through the exercise of their rights. In coordination with families, NGOs and municipal authorities..
Work axis – Health: This axis seeks the following result:
– To improve the living conditions of people with disabilities and their families.

Our new project seeks to collect funds through Global Giving  to provide disability cards for 60 people with disabilities in the municipalities of Villa Ribero, Arani and cliza in the departament of cochabmaba. A disability card allows people to exercise their fundamental rights, access to resources such as free public health care, scholarships at private universities, job security, etc. In Bolivia, this social group remains marginalized, so access to a disability card increases their visibility, while providing them legal support. 


THE PROBLEM: Without a disability card, people with disabilities face many limitations. Although the exercise of their rights shouldn’t be conditioned by a document, Bolivian public institutions show very little interest in providing good services. The scarce information on the needs of this vulnerable group contributes to the embracement of stereotypes that generate discrimination and social exclusion. Difficult access to remote communities and lack of financial resources restricts access to a disability card.

THE IMPACT:  60 people with disabilities will receive a disability card, creating a sustainable positive impact by addressing problems of accessibility to things like ensured income, free legal documents, or preferential medical treatments. In addition, the beneficiaries will become part of a data bank of the Municipal Disability Attention Units, making their reality visible and helping them to develop a better work plan  for those with disabilities in the location.


Our History

Tukuy Pacha was born in 2006 as a direct implementation project of Terre des Hommes Netherlands. Initially the main goal of the project was to bring together all the different projects that Terre des Hommes was financing in Bolivia in order to create a formal institution. This first stage of Tukuy Pacha lasted until 2011, achieving important recognition due to their work on disability.


With Bolivian Federation of the Deaf we begin a complex process to achieve  the recognition of the Bolivian Language of Signs in the Political Constitution of the State (article 70) and Supreme Decree 0328.

A Space for dialogue at the national level is born. The main themes of the dialogue were Intersectoriality, Development and Disability. Based on national meetings of UMADIS, CODEPEDIS and in coordination with institutions such as the Federation of Associations of Municipalities of Bolivia, this space was consolidated as a moment for training, reflection and contact between the different institutions that work in relation to the topic of disability.

In collaboration with the Bolivian Vice Ministry of Justice, Tukuy Pacha organized the International conference on National Policies based on RBC (Community Based Rehabilitation). There was representation of countries such as Ecuador, Cuba, Peru and Brazil. The event was also attended by rehabilitation advisers from the World Health Organization.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, we worked on the readjustment of the National Plan for Equal Opportunities. The goal was to gain support from the central government to increase the visibility of people with disabilities, through a communication plan developed with General Directorate of People with Disabilities of the Ministry of Justice.

Historical Moment:  Tukuy Pacha  was born as an independent non-profit organization. This gave us the autonomy to develop a new work plan and objectives for the institution. Allowing us to improve the already established processes and to open new spaces for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the formal society of Bolivia.

Tukuy Pacha, without forgetting its goal to make a national impact, transitioned its efforts to work directly with different municipalities in Cochabamba. This transition aimed to strengthen the Municipal Units of Attention to the Disability

Tukuy Pacha established a partnership with the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation to work with people with disabilities. 


The Project Reinforcement of the Public and Community Health System for the Prevention of Disability and the Insertion of People with Disabilities in the Formal Society was born. With the participation of ITALIAN EPISOCOPAL CONFERENCE, PASTORIAL SOCIAL CARITAS, and DON CARLO GNOCCHI. This initiative applies Community Based Rehabilitation in 7 municipalities of Cochabamba (Vacas, Punata, San Benito, Colcapirhua, Tiquipaya, Quillacollo and Capinota).

To advance the project, Tukuy Pacha worked in three main areas:

Raising awareness in the Community: Developing educational fairs, creating educational broadcast cribs and providing trainings to students.

Training Doctors:  In collaboration with SEDES.

Municipal Strengthening: Collecting data on people with disabilities, providing UMADIS staff traning and organizing meetings with local authorities.

The incidence process continues in the municipalities. Tukuy Pacha helps the municipalities with physical therapy support, UMADIS staff strengthening, POAS (Annual Operative Plan) strengthening, municipal regulations management (Ex. increasing municipal budgets and training social disability organizations).