The Emilia Wojtyla Shelter Bolivia was started by Mama Mily with limited funding from Father Luciano Cicirelli. The shelter is named after St. Pope John Paul II’s mother, a holy woman who greatly valued life. This value is foundational to Mily and the shelter she founded for abused women and children in Bolivia. Though supplies are scarce, the shelter has managed to stay open since 2012 through God’s will and providence. It’s all worthwhile if just one life is saved in this country that has the highest rate of domestic violence in South America (U.N. Women, 2011).

Worth it: The Emilia Wojtyla Women’s Shelter in Bolivia


Our Team

We have a dedicated team of student which is based out of the historic Immaculata University in Malvern, Pennsylvania. This team includes countless young adults working day in and day out to help support the shelter in Bolivia to improve the lives of the women and children. Our student team is comprised of the Immaculata University Enactus Chapter, which is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.


Emilia Wojtyla Shelter- Bolivia is an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible.