Our Story

Our Story

TIA began in 2009 when 21-year-old Tessa Henwood-Mitchell, an Australian university student, volunteered in a Bolivian state-run orphanage. Witnessing the lack of opportunities available to children and young people in these centres, Tessa decided to found an organization in Australia that would help.

Since that time TIA has grown into a dynamic and innovative non-profit organization that is focused on empowering youth – especially young people in Bolivia who are exiting State care organizations.

These young people must leave care upon turning 18, and with no state-provided support, they face uncertain and dangerous futures.

TIA aims to provide education in life skills and support to these young people prior to, and after leaving their institution.

TIA is supported by a volunteer-led organization in Australia which raises funds, and by a dedicated and professional team in Cochabamba, Bolivia, which delivers the programmes.