A West Yorkshire aid worker is set to deliver a lecture at Leeds Trinity University about how UK aid has made a life changing impact in Bolivian communities.
The talk, which is part of Leeds Trinity University’s annual development series, will reflect on her time spent living in La Paz, Bolivia, working alongside communities and local organisations and the effect that UK aid has had on these communities.
Nikki said: “When I first visited Bolivia in 1998, I arrived in La Paz where the indigenous ladies wear bowler hats, large skirts and colourful shawls. It was a world away from Bradford, where I had just finished studying for an MA at the peace studies centre.
“Communities try to live in harmony with nature but they suffer some of the worst effects of climate change. The rainy season has become unpredictable and temperatures are rising which is putting more pressure on the rural agricultural communities.”
CAFOD has been working in Bolivia for more than 20 years, supporting local organisations to ensure that communities can produce nutritious food, ensuring human rights are understood and respected; and natural resources are managed in a fair and transparent way.
During her lecture Nikki will share experiences about the Andean concept of “Vivir
bien”, which is roughly translated as “living well”, and how organisations work with communities to ensure that they are shaping their own development in line with their own understanding of what that means.
Nikki said: “CAFOD’s rural livelihoods projects are helping people grow enough food to survive on their land and includes training and support so that families and communities can produce proposals to which they present to local and national authorities.
“I am really looking forward to speaking at Leeds Trinity University so that I can share my experiences and hopefully, help people to learn a bit more about Bolivian communities and the effect that UK aid has on real communities around the world.”