The charity foundation is supported with money donations and any kind of help from people or tourists from all over the world also travelers who took a service or went to the mines with us, also for the next potential visitors who will take a tourist service with us, part of their payment will be donated to the foundation FUNAM as well as children clothes, and any send of school materials
Also we are grateful to get donations from abroad charity organizations, foundations and NGOs (ONGs).
As a legal foundation, established trough Bolivian rules or laws, every end of the year or any time that the Bolivian state requires to the FUNAM, financial reports will be presented, what and how we did with the money donations for its legal and transparent functioning.
Has about 11.000.000 habitants living in three different areas tropic, valleys and highlands, according to ONU is one of the poorest countries in south America, the main Bolivian economic activity is natural gas, and the second is mining; state, private and cooperative mines.
TIN BARONS (Lords)
In 1952 miners made revolution to change economic-political and social situation because all the mines were private and controlled by three powerful men known as Tin Lords; Patiño, Aramayo and Hoschild, the first one was the richest man all over the world. After the revolution the mines were nationalized and also created COMIBOL (Bolivian Mining Corporation). In 1984 the state mines were closed (state decree called relocalizacion) and more than 30.000 workers were fired from the state mines. Right now the mines of Cerro Rico still mined by thousands of mine workers.
The mountain (Cerro Rico) for Incas was a holy place so never wanted to mine it, they knew that the mountain had silver but did not want to tell about it to white conquerors because Indian were very respectful to sacred places. In 1545 an Indian man told to Spaniards about it and they start to mine the silver ore using thousands of Indian men, making to Spanish crown the most powerful empire all over the world in XVI- XVII centuries
Potosi in 1611 had 160.000 people was the most populated colonial city in all America and the richest too, but now it is the poorest city in Bolivia.
Right now Potosí has about 200.000 according to last census and the largest local economy is still mining
In 1987 UNESCO declared to Potosi as World Heritage Site thanks to Cerro Rico.