Marc Adams

Year Joined MKLM: 2012
City: Cochabamba
Country: Bolivia
Focus: Civil and human rights.

Personal Data:

Marc was raised in Orange, CA and graduated from the University of San Diego. He has a younger brother. He worked for BBC News and radio station WAMU as a journalist. He volunteered as a barber at a soup kitchen and was active in St. Augustine Catholic Church in DC in homeless outreach, a lector and Eucharistic minister. He served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corp in New York City working in youth ministry. While studying in Spain, Marc volunteered at a homeless outreach.

Marc enjoys connecting with people and listening to their stories and perspectives. He also likes to go to new places, meet new people and experience new things. He is married to Lexie Adams.

Current Ministry:

Marc is presently working for Fundación Social Uramanta and Despertar.

Fundación Social Uramanta – Because the ministry takes place in centers both in the South and the North of the city, the ministry’s context is a mix of poverty and wealth, lack of basic services and high education, dirt roads and paved sidewalks. I am trying to help address the lack of information most people have inside and out of the organization about health campaigns run by its clinic, cultural events, and debates and forums on political and economic issues. One of the biggest needs however seems to be a higher salary for the organization’s employees. Most get paid around 1000Bs. (approx. $140) per month even though the legal minimum wage is 1200Bs. The organization is always trying to cut corners financially to be able to continue to exist. However, this comes at the cost of the livelihoods of those who work for it, something I have not yet been able to figure out is some just and viable solution.

Despertar – This ministry leads me to interactions with a variety of people throughout the Cochabamba society for interviews so there is no one local reality. I work to inform the public about social issues that might affect them (or at least large swaths of society) in order to spark more civic discussion and political involvement.