Issue - September 2009

September 2009


In this edition: Hayley Hewat tells us about how to promote social inclusion through dance Projects in Bolivia; Enrique Happ Football Club, more that sports by Dylan Rudloff; Alejandra Ramirez researches of women in the streets in Cochabamba; Finally we learn about some about of Cochabamba's great musicias from Walter Sanchezread more...

September 2009

Football, not the only focus of Enrique Happ

“With many trophies through the ups and downs of their existence, recovering drug addicted kids is one of the greatest rewards for Enrique Happ”

Dylan Rudloff
Projects Abroad Volunteer
Oregon - United States

Founded on July 23rd 1968, Enrique Happ has become a household name ever since. With the ability to produce powerhouse players at a national level, they were responsible for five of the players on the 1994 Bolivian World Cup team. To name a few, Marco Sandy, Vladimir Soria, and William Ramallo were all from Enrique Happ.

However after the World Cup the club was sold to Henry Rojas and the clubs performance began to suffer, dropping from the first division all the way down to the fourth. After this the school was owned by the Government of Cochabamba and the quality of play dropped putting Enrique Happ the Club in quite a slump.

In 2002 the club was bought by a group of ex-players who vowed to re-install the glory of what the Club once was. In the space of five years they had produced five Bolivian National players, and they are proud of this. In order to take part in Enrique Happ, students must get a recommendation from an organization as well as maintain a healthy body, stay away from drugs and they must have good grades.

From April to May, Enrique Happ has 150 students who pay to attend, and three hundred students who have scholarships. From June to July, they have 500 students who pay and 350 who have scholarships, and from December to February they have 1200 who pay and 500 who have scholarships. They require all kids to be healthy in body and mind; “We are becoming a big thing, we have the conditions. We have created a housing structure for students on scholarship from outside of Cochabamba, and each room has its own bathroom. We have also created a complex near Laguna Alalay” says Edwin Guarayo (the current President of Enrique Happ).

I had a chance to sit in at one of the practices for the under eleven age range team, and I was stunned at how skilled these kids were at such a young age. The coach himself attended Enrique Happ and played professionally for Aurora and Willsterman, but his career was cut short due to a knee injury. “At least three, four, or five (players) are going to get to the major teams. Maybe they are even going to be a part of the Bolivian National Team.” he stated. His twenty-eight man team practices from Tuesday to Friday every week.

Throughout Enrique Happ’s existence, they have won championships at nearly every level, with an emphasis on levels seventeen through twenty. “We want to create an organization that is the adversary for the youth. We want kids to know what it is to take part in a championship.” Edwin stated.

Yes, Enrique Happ is a very successful football school with many trophies to prove it, but they are also becoming quite the success off the field as well. Edwin Guarayo the current president of Enrique Happ has launched a campaign with a focus on encouraging kids to avoid drugs and alcohol and turn their focus towards sports. Their slogan “Say no to drugs, say yes to sports” pretty much sums it up.

Edwin believes that instead of institutionalization and rehabilitation clinics, surrounding former drug and alcohol addicts with sports, in a team environment is more effective. He believes it gives them something to work and live for, and the team environment makes them not want to let each other down. It’s a productive way to help them better themselves and keep them away from intoxicants.

“We have induced a campaign; we are still fighting gradually teaching kids to choose sports over drugs.” Said Edwin, and he went on to say, “We have taken 75 kids who used to be addicted to drugs, and they have all recovered.”

Unfortunately, the funding of their anti-drug campaign was pulled after a failed political campaign. However, Edwin said: “The club will keep working against drug problems through education and sports, because this is key for them and their families.”

When asked what the future plans of Enrique Happ were, Edwin responded, “It has been a project for the last six years, and the next step is to get the professional championship. We would also like to give our kids a chance to play internationally; our main problem is that we need to know the people, and we need to have the ties here in Bolivia and internationally to give the kids a chance to be discovered.” He later said “Mauricio Gonzalez (President of Bolivar) could organize with clubs from all over the world because he can speak English.” In an effort to make the ties that are necessary to get these kids recognized by international organizations, Edwin recently attended seminars in Dallas, Texas in the United States. where he learned great techniques to be used in running a football school.

When asked if he felt the Enrique Happ organization has made an impact on the community, Edwin responded “Yes, of course. We have recovered drug addicted kids and cleaned them up. I think the students love it; we have four players back as coaches. We all want the Enrique Happ name to live on. We want to recover more drug addicts, and show them the way through the foundation of Enrique Happ.”

The violin in Cochabamba

Poco conocemos sobre el violín y sus cultores en Cochabamba. Durante la colonia, la presencia de este instrumento era moneda corriente en forma de acompañante sonoro en los oficios religiosos en templos, iglesias y conventos; era el Maestro de Capilla el encargado de formar a los niños como instrumentistas. Durante el siglo XX la secularización de la sociedad fomentará la apertura de nuevos centros y, por lo tanto, la introducción de nuevos repertorios no vinculados a la música eclesial.…

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